Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav: Revisiting our Glorious legacy
Bharat ki Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to commemorate 75 glorious years of progressive India and its rich history, diverse population, magnificent culture and great achievements. We are celebrating our great cultural and historic heritage and remembering the sacrifices our freedom fighters and many unsung heroes.
In this series we are commemorating the legacy of Great Freedom Fighter who did not bow down to the mighty British but fought with valour. He is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose….We remember him for his extraordinary contributions in most unthinkable circumstances. A man who could garner support not just from India but from different countries and create INA (Indian National Army) with 90,000 soldiers. It was no mean achievement when his opponent was a powerful nation. He was successful in declaring his government in exile and had support of eight Axis countries.
A man of immense grit, determination and demonstrator of powerful leadership…. He travelled to countries like Germany, Russia, Japan and got their support. This itself stands testimony to the fact that he was a man of substance and great communicator else Hitler would not have given him audience.
In line of duty and to free India his INA fought against the British Army and 26,000 soldiers out of 90,000 soldiers gave supreme sacrifice.
Indian Government has declared that from this year, Republic Day celebrations will start on 23rdJanuary instead of 24th January to include the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, in consonance with government’s “focus to commemorate important aspects of our history and culture.” 23 January was celebrated as Parakram Diwas. (Day of Valour).
India has reclaimed its history. The Canopy at India Gate earlier had a statue of King George V, which was removed in 1968 and which will be replaced by black granite statue of Netaji. This statue would be 28 feet X 6 feet. The proposed grand statue of iconic freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be sculpted by the Director General of the National Modern Art Gallery Adwaita Gadanayak and would be visible from Raisina Hill.
Amar Jawan Jyoti was merged with the eternal flame of National War Memorial in a bid to show the Nation’s indebtedness to the soldiers who have laid their lives in various wars and operations not just in British India but in Independent India too.
Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav has its imprints in schools and colleges where series of events are taking place and the youth is taking part in these events with a lot of enthusiasm. Our new generation is getting connected to their roots and are celebrating rich cultural and historic heritage.
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