New Delhi, Oct 22: As part of Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, events have been organized in the run-up to and on October 21 in India and South East Asia to commemorate the anniversary of the formation of the Azad Hind Government by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Bringing to life the whole of government approach, the 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 witnessed participation from INA veterans, school students, local communities, and others making a true embodiment of the idea of Jan Bhagidari.
Some of the key programs held as part of the commemorative initiative are as below:
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 was organized between October 19 and 22. Cultural programs reflecting the native dance forms coupled with songs and reflections of INA ideology were presented. The memorial building was lit up for the special commemoration. Special curation of INA songs by the Ministry of Culture recorded at Moirang can be seen here. (Watch here)
The cultural program organized 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 the Azad Hind Government. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had stayed in this village in the 1940s. The event saw the enthusiastic participation of the local community in remembering Netaji and INA’s role in the freedom struggle.
Cuttack was the birthplace of Netaji. Events in Odisha included cycle rallies by NCC cadets, seminars on Netaji, exhibitions at the State Museum, Cultural programs, roadshows and more.
ANDAMAN & 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. More details here
A seminar on Tagore and Netaji’s unique relationship was organized by the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC).
MINISTRY OF CULTURE
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This podcast series is a tribute to the persons and movements that significantly contributed to India’s freedom struggle, some of which have not found a place in the conventional freedom movement storyline. As an ode to the sacrifices made, it is only befitting to salute these heroes by recollecting their stories of courage and valour as part of commemorating 75 years of India’s independence.
Commemorative Event at Red Fort by ASI (Red Fort Event)
MoS for Culture 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.
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.
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.