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On Netaji's 126th Birth Anniversary, 21 Unnamed Andaman & Nicobar Islands Get Names | List Here

By: News Desk

Edited By: Revathi Hariharan

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Last Updated: January 23, 2023, 14:35 IST

Port Blair, India

PM Modi at a programme to name 21 islands of Andaman & Nicobar Islands after Param Vir Chakra awardees. (Photo by @BJP4India)

PM Modi at a programme to name 21 islands of Andaman & Nicobar Islands after Param Vir Chakra awardees. (Photo by @BJP4India)

PM Modi also inaugurated a model of a memorial dedicated to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose virtually in Andaman to commemorate the freedom fighter's 126th birth anniversary.

On Parakram Diwas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a ceremony to name 21 largest unnamed islands of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The islands were named after the 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees. During the program, Modi also inaugurated a model of a memorial dedicated to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose virtually in Andaman to commemorate the freedom fighter’s 126th birth anniversary.

“This land of Andaman is the land where the tricolour was hoisted for the first time. Where the government of independent India was formed for the first time. Today is the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Bose. The country celebrates this day as Parakram Diwas,” PM Modi said adding that it is a historic day for the country.

Owing to the historic significance of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and to honour the memory of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Ross Islands was renamed as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep by the Prime Minister during his visit to the Island in 2018. Neil Island and Havelock Island were also renamed as Shaheed Dweep and Swaraj Dweep Islands.

‘Everlasting Tribute to our Heroes’

“Giving due respect to the real-life heroes of the country has always been accorded highest priority by the Prime Minister. Going ahead with this spirit, it has now been decided to name the 21 largest unnamed islands of the island group after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees,” the PMO said adding that the largest unnamed island was named after the first Param Vir Chakra awardee, the second largest unnamed island named after the second Param Vir Chakra awardee, and so on.

“This step will be an everlasting tribute to our heroes, several of whom had made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the nation,” the PMO statement read.

Netaji Memorial

The model of the proposed memorial will be set up on Ross Island, which had been renamed as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep in 2018.

It will have a museum, a cable car ropeway, a laser-and-sound show, a guided heritage trail through historical buildings and a theme-based children’s amusement park, besides a restro lounge, according to officials.

Amit Shah’s Island Visit

Notably, Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived in Port Blair on Sunday night for a two-day visit to the archipelago. He addressed a public meeting on the occasion of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s 126th birth anniversary, besides taking stock of development activities.

Shah is likely to hoist the national flag during the day and deliver a public speech at Netaji Stadium – the same place where the freedom fighter had unfurled the Tricolour on December 30, 1943.

Back then, the stadium used to be known as Gymkhana Ground. Shah is also likely to visit the Cellular Jail in the islands.

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first published:January 23, 2023, 07:20 IST
last updated:January 23, 2023, 14:35 IST
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