Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose  |  Photo Credit: IANS
- PM Narendra Modi may visit Bengal on January 23 to take part in Netaji’s birthday celebrations at Victoria Memorial
- Mamata Banerjee has asked the Modi govt to announce Netaji’s birthday as national holiday
- TMC supremo may hold a padyatra in Kolkata on January 23
Kolkata: The Government of India has decided to celebrate the birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as ‘Parakram Diwas’ every year, Union Ministry of Culture announced on Tuesday. The ministry stated that to honour and remember Netaji’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation, the government has decided to dedicate the great freedom fighter’s birthday every year as “Parakram Diwas”.
“The people of India fondly remember Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s unparalleled contribution to this great nation in his 125th birth anniversary. The Government of India has decided to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary year of Netaji beginning from January 2021 in befitting manner at national and international level”.
“Now, in order to honour and remember Netaji’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the
nation, Government of India has decided to celebrate his birthday on the day of January every year as ‘PARAKRAM DIWAS” to inspire people of this 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 government stated in its release.
Reacting to government’s decision, Netaji’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose welcomed the decision but at the same time said it would have been appropriate if January 23 was declared as ‘Deshprem Diwas’.
“Netaji was India’s liberator. We welcome the announcement but people have been celebrating January 23 as ‘Deshprem Diwas’. It would’ve been more appropriate, had the government announced it as ‘Deshprem Diwas’ but we’re happy about the announcement,” Bose’s grandnephew was quoted by ANI as saying.
PM Modi may visit Kolkata on Jan 23; Mamata may hold ‘padyatra’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit West Bengal on January 23 to attend Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary celebrations at the Victorial Memorial in Kolkata. The PM is also likely to visit National Library located in Belvedere Estate, Alipore.
Times Now’s Sreyashi Dey reported that West Bengal Police and Special Protection Group (SPG) which guards the prime minsiter of India held a meeting on January 18 to discuss. Two programmes have been shortlisted for PM, one being at Victoral Memorial which would be hosting Netaji’s birth anniversary celebrations, and the second one at National Library.
As of now, no political events have been lined up for PM Modi, but he may meet Bengal BJP leaders during his visit to the poll-bound state.
Interestingly, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is likely to hold a ‘padayatra’ on the occasion of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti.