December 6, 2022

india gate: Netaji statue to be installed at India Gate, likely in August | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be installed at India Gate in what marks a fitting recognition of the legendary freedom fighter who had captivated the country with his determination to liberate it from British occupation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that he will unveil a hologram statue of Bose, Netaji to legions of his admirers, at the same place on his birthday on January 23 evening.
The statue, made of Z black granite from Telangana, will be placed at the canopy at India Gate in August this year, TOI has learnt. Visitors will be able to see the hologram statue only at night. Once installed, the grand statue will be clearly visible from Raisina Hill.
“At a time when the entire nation is marking the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, I am glad to share that his grand statue, made of granite, will be installed at the India Gate. This would be a symbol of India’s indebtedness to him,” Modi tweeted, tagging the model of the statue.
Government sources termed the decision to honour Bose a move by India to “reclaim its history” as the canopy had once featured a statue of England’s King George V, which was removed and shifted in 1968 to Coronation Park at Burari in Delhi.
The honour for Netaji is expected to go a long way to salve the hurt of his devotees who have been sore that the freedom fighter has been denied recognition due to him.
Significantly, the PM had hit out at the earlier Congress governments saying that leaders of previous dispensations constructed new things only for their families whereas his government is building monuments of national importance.
“After Independence, new things were constructed only for a few families from Delhi. But today, the country is leaving behind that narrow thinking, building new places of pride, giving them grandeur. It is our government that built the Babasaheb Memorial in Delhi and the APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial in Rameswaram. Similarly, the places associated with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Shyamji Krishna Varma have been given grandeur.

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