January 24, 2013
Chief Minister pays tributes to Netaji on 116th birth anniversary, announces a monument in Subhasgram
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee attended a special programme which was organized at the Netaji Bhawan in Elgin Road in Kolkata to commemorate the 116th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. This house stands mute witness to so many historical incidents that took place during the freedom movement. It was at this house Netaji Bose as he is popularly known in East Asia on the night of 16th January i.e. early morning of 17th escaped in a car driven by his nephew Sisir Kumar Bose. Netaji was in the disguise of a Muslim insurance agent �Mohd. Ziauddin�, later he reached Peshawar by train. This was the beginning of his long never-ending journey to free India from the British.
The Chief Minister paid rich tributes to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and garlanded the portrait of Netaji on this occasion. She announced that the State Government plans to construct a monument in Subhasgram, near Baruipur in South 24-Parganas. `Apart from Netaji Bhavan, there is nothing else to commemorate the great patriot. I have decided to set up a monument on a small plot of land the Bose family owned in Subhasgram. I visited the spot on my way back from Canning on Monday. The target is to complete the monument by January 22 so that we can pay our respects there before attending the function at Netaji Bhavan on his next birth anniversary`, she added.
The Chief Minister later shared her thoughts on her facebook page:
`Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was truly a brave leader, a brave soldier, and a brave son of the soil. His gallant contribution to India�s freedom struggle would remain treasured in our hearts forever, with honour and dignity.
Netaji is the symbol of patriotism, of determination, of courage, of inspiration, of strength, and of mental fortitude.
Netaji's Indian National Army�s quick march song �Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja� energizes our hearts and our minds with incredible zeal and vigor.
His connection with Bengal, where he spent the most formative parts of his life and his struggle for India's freedom, is deep-rooted.
Netaji was born on this date in 1897. He is immortal to all of us. Though he is remembered every day, we are celebrating his birthday today all across the state in a befitting manner. His legacy of patriotism and leadership enshrined in his words 'Jai Hind!' will resonate in our minds for all times to come`.