New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited Kolkata to celebrate ‘Parakram Diwas’ in order to honour freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary.
Speaking at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, the Prime Minister remembered Netaji and said, “On the 125th birth anniversary of the leader, I bow to him on behalf of the grateful nation. Today, I also salute this virtuous land of Bengal, which has made the child Subhas Netaji, his life austere, sacrificed and taught.”
PM Modi also stated that, “India is moving ahead with the inspiration of Netaji, it is the duty of all of us to remember his contribution from generation to generation. Netaji gave a new direction to idea of free India.”
Therefore, the country has decided that now every year we will celebrate Netaji’s birth anniversary on January 23 as ‘Parakram Divas’, he added.
As part of day-long celebrations, PM Modi first visited his ancestral house ‘Netaji Bhavan’ in the afternoon straight after landing in Kolkata.
The Prime Minister also visited the National Library of Kolkata where he interacted with artists and delegates. At the library, a conference on “Revisiting the legacy of Netaji Subhas in the 21st century” and an artist’s camp were organised.
Following this, he participated in the programme at the Victoria Memorial where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar were also present.
On the occasion, the Prime Minister also released a memorial postal stamp.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi took to Twitter and wrote in Hindi, “Bowing to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, a great freedom fighter and true son of Mother India, on his birth anniversary. A grateful nation will always remember his sacrifice and dedication for the independence of the country.#ParakramDivas.”
महान स्वतंत्रता सेनानी और भारत माता के सच्चे सपूत नेताजी सुभाष चंद्र बोस को उनकी जन्म-जयंती पर शत-शत नमन। कृतज्ञ राष्ट्र देश की आजादी के लिए उनके त्याग और समर्पण को सदा याद रखेगा। #ParakramDivas
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 23, 2021