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Parakram Diwas – One of the Many Ways Modi Govt Rekindled Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Memory

The Modi government has announced that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birthday on the 23rd day of January every year will be celebrated as PARAKRAM DIWAS. This year’s 23rd January marks the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. To mark the occasion, a gazette notification has been put out to celebrate this day as Parakram Diwas every year. This will be the day to inspire people of the country, especially the youth, to act with fortitude in the face of adversity as Netaji did, and to infuse in them a spirit of patriotic fervour, the statement from the Ministry of Culture said.  

Getting Netaji His Due- Modi Government’s Consistent Effort

Prior to the Modi government, there has been an evident lack of effort in nurturing the great memory of India’s fearless leader and fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Subhash Chandra Bose’s feat of leading an army from outside India to fight the colonial rulers of that time is a moment that history should not forget. Prime Minister Modi, since the very beginning of his tenure, has been active in various ways to retell the story of Netaji and ensuring the respect that was long-due for the memory of such great fighter.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the formation of ‘Azad Hind Government’ by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took an endearing step by hoisting the National Flag in Delhi and witnessing a victory parade inside the Red Fort on October 21, 2018.

Prior to this, the Modi Government took many decisions to preserve Netaji’s legacy. Fulfilling the long pending demands of Netaji’s family, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declassified most of the confidential files related to the death mystery of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. During his September 2014 visit to Japan, PM Modi made it a point to meet Saichiro Misumi, Netaji’s oldest living associate in Japan. Read more about how the Prime Minister displayed a very personal touch in respecting the legacy of Netaji in our article, PM Modi unfurls Tiranga on the 75th anniversary of the formation of ‘Azad Hind Government’

In 1943, Bose had suggested that Andaman and Nicobar Islands be renamed as Shahid and Swaraj Dweep respectively. During World War II, the Japanese had captured the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is recorded that Netaji took those islands with his Azad Hind Fauj, which was an ally of the Japanese force. Prime Minister Narendra Modi renamed three islands within Andaman Nicobar to tribute Netaji in 2018.

The decision to celebrate Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary as Parakram Diwas is yet another step by the Modi government in honouring Netaji.

In fact, it is to the credit of the Modi government that it has revived the memory of many national leaders. You can briefly know that account from an article from the archive India Honoring Its Heroes- A New Narrative for New India.