Since Indian independence, it is customary for every Prime Minister, begining from Jawaharlal Nehru, to hoist tricolour Natinal Flag from the historic Red Fort in New Delhi, on every August 15, the Independence day. But for the firs time, prime minister Narendra Modi will be hoisting national flag on October 21, this year.
Modi said that he will join a flag-hoisting ceremony at Red Fort on October 21 to mark the 75th anniversary of the ‘Azad Hind government’ headed by Subhas Chandra Bose. He stated this in a video interaction with BJP workers during which he spoke at length about his government’s works to celebrate the contributions of many personalities who, he said, were neglected by the Congress in its rule of several decades.
“I will have the opportunity to participate in a flag-hoisting ceremony at Red Fort on October 21. Now you will ask – why the flag-hoisting on October 21? I know some people will criticise even this. What is the significance of this day? This October 21, it will be 75 years of Subhas Chandra Bose’s ‘Free India’ government,” he added.
He recalled that Subhas Chandra Bose had announced the formation of Provisional Government of Free India on October 21 1943. On this occasion, he also hit out at the Congress over its criticism of him and the BJP government in Gujarat over Sardar Patel’s statue project, claiming that the opposition party was in fact insulting Patel as it always had contempt for the country’s first home minister, credited for uniting hundreds of princely states.
He alleged that history knows that the Congress had a lot of contempt for Patel and it could never tolerate him being recognised for his works. The Statue of Unity, said to be tallest in the world, will help the young generations appreciate Patel’s contributions, he added.
While the Congress neglected the likes of Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Bose and Patel, Modi asserted that the BJP believed in remembering everybody who contributed to nation-building. Referring to his government’s works, including constructing museums for noted tribal personalities and developing five places linked to Dalit icon Ambedkar, he said “We respect everybody who served the country.” He recalled that recently inaugurated a statue of Sir Chhotu Ram in Haryana.