PM Modi Renames Islands In Andaman

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced renaming of three islands of Andaman and Nicobar archipelago as a tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on the occasion of 75th anniversary of flag hoisting there by India’s first Prime Minister. The INA led by Netaji had captured major part of Andaman during the Second World War which happened from 1939 to 1945. The Ross Island was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep, Modi said while addressing a huge gathering amidst thunderous applause from the audience at Port Blair, the capital of the Union Territory. The three islands are major tourist spots. The three islands are major tourist destinations The Prime Minister also inaugurated some development projects and laid foundation stones for several others related to energy, connectivity, education, tourism and health sectors. Donning the Azad Hind Fauj -Indian National Army cap- he addressed a public meeting at Netaji Stadium on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the hoisting of the Tricolour by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. When it comes to heroes of the freedom struggle, we take the name of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose with pride. The first Prime Minister of the Azad Hind government Subhash Babu had made India’s independence resolution on the soil of Andaman,” he said.”The country draws inspiration from Andaman. That is why the government has issued a notification and I am proudly announcing that henceforth, Ross Island will be known as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep. The Neil Island will be known as Shaheed Dweep and Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep,” he said. On this day in 1943, Bose had suggested that Andaman and Nicobar Islands be renamed as Shaheed and Swaraj Dweep, respectively. During the World War II, the Japanese had captured the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Netaji came here as the Azad Hind Fauz led by him was an ally of the Japanese force.”The historical event of 30th December 1943 has been completed today after 75 years,” he said. Modi began his speech by asking the people in the ground to switch on the flashlights of their mobile phones to honour Bose. Thousands of mobile flash lights were then switched on providing a visual delight.PM Modi also released a commemorative stamp, its first-day cover and a Rs-75 PM Modi earlier  visited the  cells of the Cellular Jail known as Kalapani as place for punishment .Great freedom fighters Veer Savarkar, Baba Bhan Singh and Indu Bhushan Roy and others were tortured for years by the British .The notorious jail is no less than temples, the Prime Minister said. He also paid homage to those who were exiled and hanged as political prisoners in colonial India. On reaching the jail premises, Modi laid a wreath at the Martyr’s Column before proceeding towards a cell, where Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar spent his days in captivity. The Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani, was constructed between 1896 and 1906.After paying to 2004 Tsunami victims, PM Modi said announced that the government has decided to erect a sea wall to deal with the problem of sea erosion, the foundation of which will be laid today,” he said.”Along with the security of people at Car Nicobar, the government is making efforts to ensure employment for youth, education for children, medical care for the aged and facilities for the farmers,” he added. Informatively, the archipelago in the Indian Ocean comprises about 300 islands with palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests. Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks and rays make for popular diving and snorkelling sites attracting tourists.(with inputs from AIR , DD & ANI)

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