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New Delhi : Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah on October 16, 2021, inaugurated and laid foundation of various development projects from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He also conducted an aerial survey of Rani Laxmibai Dweep, Shaheed Dweep Eco Tourism Project, Swaraj Dweep Water Aerodrome, and other development projects. Several dignitaries including the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Admiral (Retd) D K Josh,i and Union Home Secretary were also present on the occasion.

Shah, in his address, said that he is very thrilled to be here and it is natural because for the years that we fought against the British to liberate the country, its full Swaraj may have been achieved in 1947, but in 1943 Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose had freed this part of India from the clutches of the British for two years. He said that for patriots across the country, especially the younger generation, this should become a very important place, because it was here for the first time that Netaji had spent two nights and it was here for the first time that Netaji had hoisted the Tricolor, according to a PIB release.

The Union Home Minister said that we are celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of Azadi across the country and through the celebrations we want to inculcate the feeling of patriotism among the youth and on the basis of this they should engage in building a new and great India and the dream that Modi has.”We have seen that India should get its rightful place by becoming great in the world, our younger generation should move forward in that direction.”

Shah said that Andaman and Nicobar in itself is a place of the Freedom Movement and our youth should know, understand and see the sufferings of those who were punished in the Island, which was known as Kalapani.The younger generation will see this cellular jail, where Veer Savarkar lived for ten years, Bhai Parmanand lived, Sanyal lived, and then they will know how much they sacrificed for a free India in which we live today. He said that until someone visits the Cellular Jail and sees the depiction and description of the tortures, one cannot imagine that even after suffering so much of torture, our Freedom Fighters continued to fight for freedom.

The Union Home Minister said that there is a feeling of inspiration as soon as one visits this place during the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and even today the message of Veer Savarkar and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose mingles in the air here. He requested the youth from across the country to visit Andaman and Nicobar once and definitely visit this pilgrimage site of the Freedom Struggle.

Shah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has named three islands here as Shaheed, Swaraj, and Subhash, so that the coming generations can be inspired that now that the country has attained Independence they can be inspired by Martyrs such as Netaji, Veer Savarkar, and many other  unknown martyrs. The responsibility of making the India of our dreams lies with the younger generation.He said that we do not have the chance to fight for freedom, but no one can snatch our chance to live for the country and if we want to dedicate our life for the development, progress and glory of India, then no one can stop us.

Shah said that the Amrit Mahotsav of Freedom is being celebrated when we are also celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose. It is during this year that I have come here, where on December 30, 1943, Subhash Babu, breathing the free air of a free India, unfurled the Tricolor. He said that learning from Netaji and his life, it is felt that injustice has been done to Netaji. The bright pole star in the history of the Freedom Movement, Netaji did not receive as much importance as he should have. For years, attempts were made to downplay many well-known leaders of the Independence Movement and their contributions.But now the time has come that everyone should find their proper place in history, those who contributed and sacrificed their lives, they should find their proud place in history, and that is why Prime Minister Modi decided to name this island after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.