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