125th birth anniversary of Netaji: PM Narendra Modi visited Assam today on Saturday, January 23, 2021. Later he is supposed to visit Kolkata for 6 hours in honor of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s 125th birth anniversary.
This day will be celebrated as ‘Parakram Diwas’ (Day of Valor) as announced by the Central government. Earlier today he tweeted in English and Bengali languages how honored he was to be able to celebrate this auspicious day with his fellow brothers and sisters of West Bengal.
“Dear sisters and brothers of West Bengal, I am honored to be in your midst, that too on the auspicious day of #ParakramDivas. During the programs in Kolkata, we will pay tributes to the brave Netaji, Subhas Chandra Bose.” – the Tweet read.
At the Rashtrapati Bhawan today, Ram Nath Kovind – the President of India unveiled the portrait of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to commence the year-long celebration and programs in honor of his 125th birth anniversary.
PM’s Kolkata visit
After visiting Assam, PM Modi was scheduled to land in Kolkata, West Bengal to visit Netaji Bhawan. It is the ancestral house of the son of Bengal – Netaji located in South Kolkata, where the PM will pay his tribute to the renowned freedom fighter on his 125th birth anniversary.
On the 125th Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, we pay our tributes for his contribution to India’s freedom struggle. He used to say that there should be only one desire in us, the desire to die so that India can live. #ParakramDivas @MinOfCultureGoI @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/3uOLk5CASp
— MyGovIndia (@mygovindia) January 23, 2021
The PM landed at the NSC Bose International Airport this afternoon at 3 pm from where his chopper took him to central Kolkata where he was welcomed by the State Minister – Firhad Hakim and the state Governor – Jagdeep Dhankar.
After he reached the Netaji Bhawan at 3:45 pm today, he left the place to visit the National Library and Victoria Memorial by 4 pm where he attended a program to commemorate the auspicious occasion of Parakram Diwas before leaving for New Delhi at 8:40 pm. He interacted with several delegates and artists at the National Library.
Apart from this he also attended an international conference entitled “Re-visiting the legacy of Netaji Subhas in the 21st century” – in remembrance of Bose.
At the Victoria Memorial, a band of children delivered a beautiful performance which was attended by the PM. The highlight of the show at Victoria Memorial was Usha Uthup’s mesmerizing performance as she sang Rabindrasangeet ‘Ekla Cholo Re’.
Modi had also formed an 85-member high leveled committee whose responsibility is to plan several year-around programs in the honor of Netaji’s 125th birthday.
TMC on the PM’s visit to Kolkata
The Trinamool Congress party of Bengal led by the CM – Mamata Banerjee has been in clashes with the BJP for a long time now, especially before the upcoming state assembly elections. Many members of the TMC claimed PM’s visit as a ‘publicity stunt’ meant to impress the voters of West Bengal to strengthen their chances of victory in assembly elections.
Also, unlike the central government’s recognition, Banerjee’s administration has decided to celebrate Netaji’s birth anniversary as ‘Deshnayak Divas’ instead of Parakram Diwas. The BJP slammed TMC for making such remarks at the PM reminding them that it was his government that gave proper recognition to Netaji’s ‘Azad Hind government’.
With the help of some televised advertisements, they had also appealed to the people of Bengal to blow conch shells at 12:15 pm, which was the birth time of Netaji as he entered the world in Cuttack, Odisha in 1897.
Ahead of the PM’s visit, the state government of Bengal has arranged multiple programs to celebrate this day, including a rally in central Kolkata in which many leaders of TMC in addition to Mamata Banerjee participated.
Meanwhile, several BJP supporters clashed with TMC supporters that resulted in violent activities in Howrah. BJP members allegedly claimed that a member of their party was shot at and was rushed to the local hospital. Several bikes and police vehicles were also vandalized, creating a panic in the city. The Police are investigating the case.
Written By:- Shruti Rathore
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