PM Modi hoists na­tional flag at Red Fort to hon­our Ne­taji Sub­has Chan­dra Bose

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Modi con­grat­u­lated the na­tion on the proud oc­ca­sion of 75th an­niver­sary of for­ma­tion of Azad Hind Govern­ment.

The Pro­vi­sional Govern­ment of Free In­dia or Azad Hind (from Bri­tish rule) was es­tab­lished in oc­cu­pied Sin­ga­pore in 1943 by In­dian na­tion­al­ists-in-ex­ile dur­ing the lat­ter part of the Sec­ond World War, in­spired by Sub­has Chan­dra Bose, who was also the leader of that govern­ment.

The govern­ment pro­claimed au­thor­ity over In­dian civil­ian and mil­i­tary per­son­nel in South­east Asian Bri­tish colo­nial ter­ri­tory and prospec­tive au­thor­ity over In­dian ter­ri­tory to fall to the Ja­panese forces and the In­dian Na­tional Army dur­ing the Ja­panese thrust to­wards In­dia dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

It was sup­ported by Ja­pan, Ger­many, Italy, and their al­lies or the Axis power.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, he said that Azad Hind govern­ment rep­re­sented the vi­sion laid down by Sub­has Chan­dra Bose, of a strong un­di­vided In­dia.

He added that Azad Hind govern­ment was ac­tively in­volved in na­tion build­ing and had even started its own bank, cur­rency and stamps.

Re­call­ing the con­tri­bu­tions of Ne­taji, Modi said that Sub­has Chan­dra Bose was a vi­sion­ary, who united In­di­ans to fight against the pow­er­ful colo­nial Bri­tish rule.

He added that Bose showed pa­tri­o­tism right from a young age, as was vis­i­ble from the let­ters he wrote to his mother. The Prime Min­is­ter said that Ne­taji was not j ust an in­spi­ra­tion for In­di­ans, but for all those who were fight­ing for self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and free­dom in coun­tries all over the world.

In this con­text, he men­tioned how South African leader Nel­son Man­dela was in­spired by Ne­taji.

Re­mind­ing the na­tion that there is a long way to go be­fore build­ing a new In­dia as en­vi­sioned by Sub­has Chan­dra Bose, Modi urged the cit­i­zens to get in­spired by Ne­taji and work to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion.

He added that In­dia achieved in­de­pen­dence af­ter lots of sac­ri­fices and it is the duty of cit­i­zens to pre­serve that in­de­pen­dence.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, the PM said that Ne­taji Sub­has Chan­dra Bose laid down the foun­da­tion for equal op­por­tu­nity for women in armed forces, through the for­ma­tion of Rani Jhansi Reg­i­ment.

Modi said that the govern­ment is car­ry­ing for­ward this legacy in true means and re­it­er­ated that women will be given equal op­por­tu­nity for per­ma­nent com­mis­sion in armed forces.

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