New Delhi: Republic Day celebrations to include the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will now begin from January 23 every year instead of January 24.
“This is in line with Modi government’s focus on celebrating/commemorating important aspects of our history and culture,” sources said.
The Centre had earlier started the celebration of Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary as Parakram Diwas.
Chandra Kumar Bose, the grand nephew of Netaji Bose, told India Today, “The people of India appreciate the efforts made by the NDA got under the leadership of Narendra Modi ji. But what is more important in today’s India, and I have written in this regard to PM Modi, is that we must implement Netaji’s inclusive ideology. He was the only leader who could unite the people irrespective of their religion as ‘Bharaiyas’.”
Chandra Bose said that unless Netaji’s inclusive ideology is implemented, India would break up again.
“We have already seen the partition of India and Bengal. If Netaji had returned to India, there would have been no partition. But India is breaking up again. Divise politics must stop. We must have communal harmony,” Chandra Bose said.
“The real tribute to Netaji would be to imbibe his ideology, fight against divisive politics, ensure communal harmony. Netaji envisioned a nation united. He never wanted any discrimination based on caste, creed and religion,” he added.
Chandra Bose also said that in his letter to PM Modi, he demanded Netaji’s statue to be built in front of India Gate, construct INA memorial at the Red Fort, among other demands.
In recent years, the Centre has marked several dates to commemorate their historical and cultural importance. Some of these dates include-
August 14 – Partition Horrors Remembrance Day
October 31 Ekta Divas National Unity Day (Birth Anniversary of Sardar Patel)
November 15 Janjatiya Gaurav Divas (Bhagwan Birsa Munda’s Birthday)
November 26 Constitution Day
December 26 Veer Baal Divas (tribute to 4 Sahibzadas)