New Delhi: As the nation prepares to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the birth of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Anil Firojiya demands that “Bharat Ratna” for freedom fighter. Firojiya, a deputy from the A lot Lok Sabha constituency in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain district, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged that Netaji be awarded the highest civilian honor in the country.
Bharat Ratna is the highest civil honor, bestowed for outstanding service towards the advancement of art, literature, and science, and in recognition of the highest quality public service.
The Narendra Modi government announced on January 19, 2021 that Netaji’s birthday (January 23) would be celebrated annually as “Parakram Diwas”. In order to honor and remember the great freedom fighter, the central government decided to celebrate Netaji’s birthday on January 23 every year as ‘Parakram Diwas’ “to inspire the people of the country, especially the youth, to to act boldly in the face of adversity as Netaji did, and instill in them a spirit of patriotic fervor.”
On January 23, the year’s celebrations would be held from the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata and Prime Minister Narendra Mod would preside over the event. A cultural program “AmraNutonJouboneriDoot” will be organized on the theme of Netaji.
“A commemorative coin and postage stamp will also be issued. An international conference ‘Re-visiting the legacy of Netaji Subhash in the 21st century’ and an artists camp will be held on the same day at the National Library of Kolkata,” he said. The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel, announced.
In tribute to Netaji, Indian Railways renamed the oldest train in the country with number 12311/12312 Howrah-Kalka Mail to “Netaji Express”. Howrah-Kalka Mail runs between Howrah and Kalka via Delhi.
Meanwhile, Trinamool Rajya Sabha Congressman Sukhendu Sekhar Ray wrote to Prime Minister Modi requesting the downgrading of the “Netaji Archives” and the publication of “A History of the Indian National Army 1942-45”.
The West Bengal Chief of Ministers and TMC Supreme Chief Mamata Banerjee had asked the Center to declare Netaji Jayanti a national holiday.