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PM Modi unveiled Netaji’s Subash Chandra Bose’s statue at India Gate 

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On Thursday, Delhi’s statue of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A 28-foot-tall statue of Bose that was carved from a 280-ton monolithic block of granite was unveiled by PM Modi at India Gate. The prime minister also unveiled the Kartavya Path to be renamed Rajpath Avenue.

A hologram of Netaji that was unveiled earlier this year on Parakram Diwas to commemorate his 125th birthday was replaced by the actual statue.

The prime minister spoke with labourers and others involved in the statue’s construction during the opening ceremony. Later, PM Modi mentioned having a conversation with the “Shramjeevis,” thanked them for their assistance, and extended an invitation for them to attend the 2023 Republic Day parade.

On January 26, PM Modi said, “Those (Shramjeevi) who have worked here on the redeveloped Central Vista project will be my special guests.”

In his speech to the nation, Prime Minister Modi recalled Netaji Bose’s role in the freedom struggle in India and lamented the lack of respect he received from the post-independence government. 

According to the prime minister, “Today, a huge statue of our national leader Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has been installed near India Gate. At the time of British slavery, there was a statue of the representative of the British Raj. Today, the country has also established the life of a modern, strong India by installing the statue of Netaji in the same place. Subhas Chandra Bose was such a great man who was beyond the challenge of position and resources. Such was his acceptance that the whole world considered him a leader. He had courage and self-respect. He had ideas, he had visions. He had leadership potential, had policies.”

He further added, “If, after independence, our India had followed the path of Subhash Babu, what heights would the country be at today! But unfortunately, this great hero of ours was forgotten after independence. His views, even the symbols associated with him, were ignored. Netaji had imagined what it would be like to hoist the Tricolour at the Red Fort. I experienced this feeling when I had the privilege of hoisting the tricolour at the Red Fort on the occasion of 75 years of India’s independence.”

PM stated, “Today we are filling out the picture of tomorrow, leaving behind the past, and adding new colours to the picture of tomorrow. Today, this new aura is visible everywhere. It is the aura of confidence of a new India. Rajpath has vanished forever. A fresh history has started. We have let go of another aspect of the British Raj.”

He continued, “We have let go of another aspect of the British Raj.” He also mentioned how it had been an honour for him to raise the Tricolor at the Red Fort to commemorate the nation’s 75th anniversary of independence. He claimed that some changes had been taking place in the nation, pushing it closer to independence and self-reliance.

The prime minister described Rajpath, which is also known as Kingsway, as the representation of slavery and claimed that removing it amounted to eliminating one form of slavery.

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