Paying rich tributes to Netaji Subhosh Chandrabose, for his contributions to India’s freedom struggle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused that contributions of several hero’s were ignored only to highlight one family in the post-Independence era. In a veiled attack on the Nehru-Gandhi family, he said “one family” above the rest, efforts were made to forget the contributions leaders such as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Subhash Chandra Bose made in the Independence struggle.
“But now our government is changing all that,” he said while addressing an event at the historic Red Fort to mark the 75th anniversary of the proclamation of the ‘Azad Hind Sarkar’ by Bose. Donning the famous Azad Hind Fauj cap, the Prime Minister hoisted the national flag at the Red Fort and unveiled a plaque to mark the anniversary. The plaque will be placed at barrack number three at the Red Fort where members of the Azad Hind Fauj faced trial. A museum will be also set up in the barrack.
Modi lamented that post Independence, India’s policies were based on the British system as “things were seen through British glasses”. “Policies, including those related to education had to suffer because of this,” he said.
Modi said had India benefited from the guidance of Patel and Bose, things would have been much better. He said his government is changing that now. He said while Bose focused on the East and Northeast India, the two regions did not get due recognition. Now, he said, his government is working to make the Northeast the “engine of growth”.
Referring to the opposition faced by Bose when he set off to establish an all women unit of the Indian National Army — the Rani Jhansi Regiment, PM Modi said that it would complete 75 years of its establishment on Monday.
Citing the example of the decision allowing women in the army to opt for a permanent commission from short service commission following a transparent procedure, he said that the government was trying to fulfill the dreams of Bose. “The air force is set to have the first batch of women fighter pilots and the work on the National War Memorial is in its last stages,” he added.