New Delhi, Jan. 23 (Delhi Crown): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday unveiled a hologram statue of iconic freedom fighter ‘Netaji’ Subhas Chandra Bose at the India Gate.
The digital statue was unveiled on the occasion of the Netaji’s 125th birth anniversary.
Modi expressed his happiness at the fact that there had been “immense enthusiasm” across the country over the unveiling of the hologram, which eventually will be replaced by a granite one in days to come. The granite version of the statue is being sculpted by Awaita Gadanayak, Director-General of the New Delhi-based National Gallery of Modern Art.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the unveiling ceremony is a step towards “reviving the forgotten aspects of India’s freedom struggle”, adding that it marks a new beginning for the nation.
Seven awards were also presented during the ceremony, including the annual Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar to recognise and honour “the invaluable contribution and selfless service rendered by individuals and organisations in the field of disaster management.”
This award carries a cash prize of Rs.51 lakh and a certificate in case of an institution and Rs.5 lakh and a certificate in case of an individual.
This award carries a cash prize of Rs.51 lakh and a certificate in case of an institution and Rs.5 lakh and a certificate in case of an individual. The Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM) and Professor Vinod Sharma of the Indian Institute of Public Administration and Vice-Chairman of the Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority have been given this award for the year 2022.
This is the first time India is holding Republic Day celebrations from January 23 instead of January 24. The celebrations will end on January 30, on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 74th death anniversary.
Born on January 23, 1897, Bose played an active role in India’s freedom movement with other Congress party leaders, before charting out a more aggressive and militant path to defy British colonial rule by founding the “Azad Hind Fauj”, the army that faced the maximum brunt of British force in the 1940s.
This year India is observing the 75th year of its independence from British colonial rule.