The hologram, of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, will be replaced by a granite statue once it is ready: Narendra Modi

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the hologram statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose under the grand canopy at India Gate — under the cupola where the statue of British monarch King George V, the imperial icon that Netaji fought all his life, once stood. “The role of our heroes, whose memories were being erased post-Independence… are now being remembered’,” he said at the inauguration.

The 28 feet-by-6 feet hologram statue is powered by a 30,000 lumens 4K projector. The light is thrown on a high-grain, 90 per cent transparent holographic screen that is not visible to visitors. The hologram, the Prime Minister has said, will be replaced by a granite statue.

The statue will be installed under the grand canopy near the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial at the India Gate in Delhi. The canopy was built in the 1930s by Sir Edwin Lutyens and once used to house a statue of the former king of England George V. The statue was shifted in 1968.

Govt has announced that Republic Day celebrations will now begin from 23rd, to include Netaji’s birth anniversary. The hologram will be projected till the grand granite statue of Netaji is completed. At the hologram inauguration, PM Modi said ‘forgotten heroes are now being remembered’.

In a swipe at the previous governments since Independence, PM Modi said: “It is unfortunate that after Independence, along with the culture and rites of the country, work was done to erase the contribution of many great personalities.”

Then emphasizing the point, he said, “The freedom struggle involved the penance of lakhs of countrymen. But efforts were made to limit their history as well. But today, after decades of independence, the country is correcting those mistakes”.

Netaji, one of the iconic freedom fighters, had won the Congress presidency in 1938. In his second presidential term, he quit the Congress after disagreements with Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and other key leaders over policy issues. He then formed the Azad Hind Fauj and pursued the path of armed revolution.

The controversy over Netaji’s death is a hugely emotive issue, especially in Bengal and many still believe that he did not die in a plane crash in 1945.

In response to a query under the Right to Information Act in 2017, the Centre had confirmed that Subhas Bose died in a plane crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945.

“It is my good fortune that last year, on this very day, I had the opportunity to visit Netaji’s ancestral residence in Kolkata… The car in which he left Kolkata, the room in which he used to study, the stairs of his house, the walls of his house, seeing him, that experience is beyond words,” PM Modi said today. “Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav resolves that India will revive its identity and inspirations,” PM Modi said.

Modi also conferred the Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskars for the years 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. The seven awards honour the contributions of individuals and organisations in the field of disaster management. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 51 lakh in case of an institution and Rs 5 lakh in case of an individual.

       

Minister Narendra Modi confers the Subhas Chandra Prime Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskars, for the years 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022

The Prime Minister also conferred the ‘Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar’ at an investiture ceremony that followed. The government has instituted the award to honour the invaluable contribution and selfless service by individuals and organisations in disaster management.

Modi hit out at previous governments, who, he said, tasked the agriculture department with disaster management. He added that international agencies have also lauded his government for its initiatives in the sector.

“We have laid emphasis on reform as well as on relief, rescue and rehabilitation,” said the prime minister. “We modernised the NDRF, expanded it across the country. Space technology and other best possible practices have been adopted for planning and management.”

This year, the government has also announced that the Republic Day celebrations will now begin from January 23 instead of January 24, to include the birth anniversary of late freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. It will end on January 30; the day Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated.