PM participates in a ceremony to name 21 largest unnamed islands of Andaman & Nicobar Islands after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees
On Monday, on the occasion of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose‘s birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually participated in a ceremony to name the 21 largest unnamed islands of Andaman & Nicobar Islands after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees.
He also unveiled a model of the National Memorial dedicated to Netaji, which would be built on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep.
21 Param Vir Chakra awardees Andaman and Nicobar Islands named after:
Major Somnath Sharma
Subedar and Hony Captain (then Lance Naik) Karam Singh, MM
2nd Lt. Rama Raghoba Rane
Nayak Jadunath Singh
Company Havildar Major Piru Singh
Capt G S Salaria
Lieutenant Colonel (then Major) Dhan Singh Thapa
Subedar Joginder Singh
Major Shaitan Singh
CQMH. Abdul Hamid
Lt Col Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore
Lance Naik Albert Ekka
Major Hoshiar Singh
2nd Lt. Arun Khetrapal
Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon
Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran
Naib Subedar Bana Singh
Captain Vikram Batra
Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey
Subedar Major (then Rifleman) Sanjay Kumar
Subedar Major Retd (Hony Captain) Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “When history is being made, the future generations not just remember, assess and evaluate it, but also find constant inspiration from it. This day will be remembered by future generations as a significant chapter in the history of the country.”
Modi further noted that “The voices of unprecedented passion along with immense pain are still heard from the cells of Cellular Jail today.”
“From Bengal to Delhi to Andaman, every part of the country salutes and cherishes the legacy of Netaji. The grand statue of Netaji in front of our democratic institutions and Kartavya Path reminds us of our duties,” the Prime Minister added.
He underlined that “It is the duty of the country that the soldiers who dedicated themselves to national defence should be widely recognized along with the contributions of the army.”
Modi lamented that the identity of Andaman was associated with the symbols of slavery instead of the memories of the freedom struggle and said: “Even the names of our islands had the imprint of slavery.”
He recalled his visit to Port Blair some years ago to rename the three main islands and informed: “Today Ross Island has become Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Havelock and Neil Islands have become Swaraj and Shaheed Islands.”
He noted that the names, Swaraj and Shaheed were given by Netaji himself.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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