Bhubaneswar,07/10/18:Survivors of the Azad Hind Fauj or Indian National Army (INA), Indian armed force veterans and followers of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose plan to raise the Indian flag at the Red Fort on 21st of October to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Azad Hind government.
Netaji’s grand-nephew and BJP Bengal vice-president Shri. Chandra Kumar Bose has written to the PM four times since May, requesting him to inaugurate the Azad Hind museum at Red Fort on October 21 and hoist the Tricolor at the fort to commemorate the occasion but is yet to get a reply.
“We have requested for permission to hoist the tricolour at the Red Fort in Delhi on 21st October 2018 to commemorate the 75 anniversary (Platinum Jubilee) of the establishment of the Azad Hind Government -the first Free Govt of United India. However, till date we have not received the permission. Never the less a large number of us, shall still be there to mark this historic occasion. The record of India needs to be set correct, our first Government came into being on 21 Oct 1943 and not 15 Aug 1947” said noted socio-political leader and the Chairman of SNSMT Shri. Suparno Satpathy who is also a lead member with the Netaji movement.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on October 21, 1943, established the provincial Azad Hind government in Singapore. On August 14 the next year, the Bahadur brigade of INA, led by Col Saukat Ali Malik, captured Moirang, a town in Manipur on the Indo-Myanmar border. Moirang remained under the control of the Azad Hind government for nearly four months during which its currency and stamps too were used. The Azad Hind Government had then been recognised by 11 countries and it had its embassies in other countries too.
“Congress leaders of those times had then opposed the Azad Hind Government. Had they thrown their weight behind Netaji, possibly the INA would have proceeded to Delhi (as they had planned the “Chalo Dilli” to snatch freedom for India ) and a united India would have been free long before August 15, 1947. On that said day, Nehru became the head of the state of the divided dominion of India... . Netaji was the first head of state of United India. As Indians, we should be proud to celebrate the day and I think the PM or President of India ought to participate in marking the historic ocassion,” said Shri. Chandra Kumar Bose
Reportedly INA members who are still alive, including Lalti Ram, Jagir Singh, Pramanand, Jag Ram and Ram Gopal, will be among the many other participants. Veterans of Indian armed forces will be led by the highly decorated Maj Gen (Retd.) G D Bakshi.
An Open Platform for Netaji member felt if Opposition leaders attended the event but the PM or a senior representative from the Centre did not, it would be embarrassing for the NDA government.
“This is not a political event. Everyone must commemorate this historic day. If someone does not participate due to whatever reasons, the same shall be unfortunate” said Shri. Suparno Satpathy.