India gratefully pays homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary.

India gratefully pays homage to one of her greatest freedom fighters, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary.

By decision of the Indian government, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birthday will be celebrated every year as Parakram Divas (Day of Bravery) and his majestic statue, made of granite, will be placed at the Gate of India where the statue of King of England, George V, was until 1968. The three-dimensional hologram of the statue will be unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 23, 2022, Netaji’s birthday, and it will remain there until the statue is erected.

Subhash Chandra Bose (23 January 1897 – 18 August 1945) became the leader of the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj; lit.: Free Indian Army) formed by Indian freedom fighters and fought alongside Japanese soldiers in the latter’s campaign in the Southeast Asian theatre of WWII with an aim to secure Indian independence from British rule.

On 21 October 1943 Subhash Chandra Bose declared the formation of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind (Free India)  on the Japanese-occupied Andaman and Nicobar Islands with himself as the Head of State, Prime Minister and Minister of War. For this reason, some historians consider him as the first Prime Minister of India, but others criticize him for his close cooperation with the Axis powers during World War II. He died in a plane crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945.