The Ministry of Culture on Tuesday announced that the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be celebrated, every year on the 23rd of January, as the ‘Parakram Diwas’.
This decision by the Ministry of Culture comes ten days after a high-level committee lead by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was formed to plan for a year-long remembrance of Netaji.
Family members of Netaji, historians, scholars, and people associated with the Azad Hind Fauj (INA) were included in this committee.
Last year, on November 18, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the declaration of a national holiday to commemorate Netaji’s life and legacy and to “take decisive steps to find out what happened to Netaji and the place the matter in public domain.”
With the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji set to begin on the 23rd of January, the demand for currency notes featuring Netaji has been raised again by the inhabitants of Cuttack City, Netaji’s birth town.
It is being anticipated that PM Modi will visit West Bengal on January 23 to attend the Parakram Diwas celebrations at the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata.