OPINION | Renaming 21 Andaman islands: Modi’s quest for eradicating symbols of slavery

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On the event of delivery anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, noticed as ‘Parakram Diwas’ on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi named 21 largest unnamed islands of Andaman & Nicobar after the 21 recipients of Param Vir Chakra, the nation’s highest army honour.


By way of video conferencing, the Prime Minister unveiled a mannequin of the nationwide memorial devoted to Netaji on Ross island, named Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep throughout Modi’s go to in 2018. On Ross Island, throughout the Second World Struggle, Netaji, main the Azad Hind Fouj, had unfurled the nationwide tricolour in 1943. Havelock island and Neil Island had been renamed Swaraj Dweep and Shaheed Dweep in 2018.


Neil Island was named by British rulers in reminiscence of Brigadier Common James Neil, who had performed an enormous position in crushing the 1957 First Indian Struggle of Independence. Havelock Island was named after British Common Sir Henry Havelock. It was on December 30, 1943 that Netaji wrested each these islands from the British, and proudly hoisted Indian tricolour flag.


On Monday, the most important unnamed island was named after the primary Param Vir Chakra awardee, the second largest unnamed island was named after the second Param Vir Chakra awardee, and so forth. This was an eternal tribute to our nationwide heores, a number of of whom gave the supreme sacrifice to guard India’s borders.


The 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees, in whose identify the islands had been renamed are: Main Somnath Sharma, Subedar and Hon. Captain (then Lance Naik) Karam Singh, 2nd Lt. Rama Raghoba Rane, Nayak Jadunath Singh, Firm Havildar Main Piru Singh, Capt G S Salaria, Lt Col (then Main) Dhan Singh Thapa, Subedar Joginder Singh, Main Shaitan Singh, Firm Quarter Grasp Havildar Abdul Hamid, Lt Col Ardeshir Tarapore, Lance Naik Albert Ekka, Main Hoshiar Singh, 2nd Lt Arun Khetrapal, Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, Main Ramaswamy Parameswaran, Naib Subedar Bana Singh, Captain Vikram Batra, Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey, Subedar Main (then Rifleman) Sanjay Kumar and Subedar Main Retd (Hon. Captain) Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav.


In his deal with, Modi stated, “at the present time shall be remembered by future generations as a big chapter within the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal’…From Bengal to Delhi to Andaman, each celebration of India salutes and cherishes the legacy of Netaji….When historical past is being made, future generations not simply bear in mind, assess and consider it, however additionally they discover fixed inspiration from it”


The Prime Minister reminded that the nationwide tricolour was hoisted for the primary time in Andaman and Nicobar islands and the primary impartial authorities of India was fashioned by Netaji. He stated, ‘Veer Savarkar and plenty of different heroes like him had touched the top of penance and sacrifice for the nation on this very island. The voices of that unprecedented ardour together with immense ache are nonetheless heard from the cells of Mobile Jail at this time….The identification of Andaman was related to the symbols of slavery as an alternative of the reminiscences of freedom wrestle. Even the names of our islands had the imprint of slavery.”


Mentioning the Param Vir Chakra heroes, Modi stated, “They sacrificed every part to guard Mom India. These courageous jawans and officers of the Indian Military had been from completely different states, spoke completely different languages and dialects, and lived completely different existence, however it was the service of Maa Bharati and their unwavering devotion for the motherland, that united them. Like the ocean that connects completely different islands, the sensation of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat’ united each baby of Mom India. ..All these Paramveers had just one resolve – Nation First! India First! This decision has now grow to be immortal perpetually within the renaming of those islands. A hill in Andaman can be being named after Captain Vikram Batra, the hero of Kargil battle.”


Modi stated, the renaming of those islands isn’t solely devoted to the Paramveer Chakra awardees, but in addition the Indian armed forces. “Our military needed to face wars proper from the time of independence. They’ve proved their bravery on all fronts. It’s the obligation of the nation to make sure that the troopers who devoted themselves to nationwide defence, needs to be well known together with the contributions of the military.”


It goes to the credit score of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he by no means takes choices out of impulse or with out correct planning. The islands that had been renamed on Monday, had been a legacy of slavery, and is a part of his main plan to take away all vestiges of international rule. Final 12 months, Modi had introduced 5 ‘sankalps’ (vows) from the ramparts of Purple Fort on Independence Day. One of many vows was to take away all symbols and vestiges of slavery and placing an finish to the slavery mindset. As a part of this plan, King George V’s statue was changed with that of Netaji at India Gate. Modi then modified the flag of Indian Navy with a brand new ensign. The renaming of Andaman islands on Monday is a becoming tribute to the historic legacy of Netaji.

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