From Cuttack To Singapore, Anniversary Of Netaji’s Azad Hind Government Celebrated

Bhubaneswar: Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was born in Cuttack on January 23, 1897. He studied at Baptist Mission’s Protestant European School and the Ravenshaw Collegiate School in Cuttack. While his father Janakinath Bose was an acclaimed lawyer (Government pleader) in Cuttack, Bose left for Kolkata (then Calcutta) in 1913. So, the founder of Indian National Army spent 16 years (his childhood and early teens) in the Silver City of Odisha.

As part of Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, events have been organized in the run up to and on 21st October in India and South East Asia to commemorate the Anniversary of the formation of Azad Hind Government by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Bringing to life the whole of government approach, Ministry of Culture spearheaded the organization of an integrated program calendar across regions and geographies with participation from various Ministries, States and Union Territories of India.

The commemorative programs saw participation from INA veterans, school students, local communities and others making a true embodiment of the idea of Jan Bhagidari.

Events in Odisha included cycle rallies by NCC cadets, seminars of Netaji, exhibitions at the State Museum, Cultural programs, road shows and more. A number of programmes were organised in Cuttack, Netaji’s birthplace.

Some of key programs held as part of the commemorative initiative are as below:

MANIPUR (MOIRANG)

Moirang in Manipur was the place where the Indian National Army hoisted the Tricolour for the first time on Indian soil on 14 April 1944.INA Family Yatra organised between 19-22nd October. Cultural programs reflecting the native dance forms coupled with songs and reflections of INA ideology was presented. The memorial building was lit up for the special commemoration. A special curation of INA songs by Ministry of Culture recorded at Moirang can be seen here.

NAGALAND

Cultural program organised by East Zone & North East Zone Cultural Centers of Ministry of Culture, held in Ruzazho village in Nagaland to commemorate the anniversary of the formation of Azad Hind Government. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had stayed in this village in the 1940s. Event saw enthusiastic participation of the local community in remembering Netaji and INA’s role in the freedom struggle.

ANDMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS

Home Minister Amit Shah had visited Andaman and Nicobar Islands recently and attended the programs held to commemorate Netaji’s close ties with the region.

WEST BENGAL

A seminar on Tagore and Netaji’s unique relationship wasorganised by the EZCC. The event also saw the enactment of TasherDesh, a play written by Tagore and dedicated to Netaji. A choreographed dance based performance was specially recorded at Subhas Gram, Kodalia at the ancestral house of Netaji.

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Digital Curation of Netaji Paintings (Netaji Paintings)

Commemorative Event at Red Fort by ASI (Red Fort Event)

MoS for Culture Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal and &MoS for Culture Smt. MeenakshiLekhi today attended the 78th anniversary ceremony of Azad Hind Sarkar at Red Fort. During the occasion a book titled ‘Bose: The Military Dimension: The Military History of INA & Netaji’ by General Bakshi , SM, BSM (Retd.) was also released.

MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, MALAYSIA

Mission held a hybrid event on 18 October 2021 at Royal Selangor Club. The celebrations were held in partnership with the Netaji Service Centre, Netaji Welfare Foundation, Malaysia-India Heritage Group, Malaysian Bengalee Association, KelabRekreasiAbhijaan and the Royal Selangor Club.

The venue of the celebrations is historically significant, as the Royal Selangor Club is situated adjacent to the Selangor Padang (Dataran Merdeka or Independence Square), from where in September 1943, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, in a rousing address to thousands of followers, inspired several youths to join the cause of Indian independence. Key attendees at the event included 4 INA veterans, who also spoke at the event. Excerpts of interviews of other veterans of INA and Rani of Jhansi Regiment who were unable to join the event physically were also played during the function.

SINGAPORE

High Commissioner of India, Singapore placed a wreath at the INA Memorial. On October 21, 1943 Netaji had announced the formation of the Azad Hind Government which started functioning from Singapore with 11 ministers and eight representatives from the Indian National Army.

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

Special assemblies dedicated to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was conducted across schools of India. Children dressed up as Netaji and INA personas and also took part in enthusiastically singing the iconic INA marching song KADAM KADAM BADHAYE JAA.

MINISTRY OF TOURISM

A specially curated brochure titled The Legacy of Freedom by the Ministry of Tourism was launched with curated itineraries that cover destinations connected to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

The commemoration of Netaji is an ongoing initiative and will culminate in a grand synthesized event on his birth anniversary on January 23, 2022.