Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Netaji was not just 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.
PK hoisted the National Flag at Red Fort and unveiled the plaque to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of formation of Azad Hind Government, formed by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
The commemoration of this significant historical event was also attended by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture(I/c), Shri Chandra Kumar Bose, nephew of Netaji, Shri Lalti Ram, INA Veteran and Brig. R.S. Chikkara.
Prime Minister congratulated the nation on the proud occasion of 75thanniversary of formation of Azad Hind Government. 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, Prime Minister 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.
Reminding the nation that there is a long way to go before building a new India as envisioned by Subhas Chandra Bose, Prime Minister 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.
Shri Narendra Modi recalled that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose laid down the foundation for equal opportunity for women in armed forces, through the formation of Rani Jhansi Regiment. Prime Minister 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.
The Prime Minister also reiterated that he had earlier announced an award in the name of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, to honour those involved in disaster response operations. The award would be given every year, recognizing the bravery and courage displayed in saving lives of people, in the wake of a disaster, he added.
Earlier delivering the Welcome address Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture (I/c) said that the nation salutes Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose whose supreme sacrifice and leadership continues to guide our young generation. He thanked the able leadership of the Prime Minister for making this Event a success.