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PM Modi's visit to Andamans: Three islands in Andaman and Nicobar renamed after Netaji Subash Chandra Bose

These islands were renamed during PM Modi’s visit to Port Blair to mark the 75th Anniversary of hoisting of the National Flag at Port Blair by freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose.

Jan 2, 2019 10:19 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 30, 2018 renamed three islands of Andaman and Nicobar after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. These three islands are - Ross Island, Neil Island and Havelock Island.

These islands were renamed during PM Modi’s visit to Port Blair to mark the 75th Anniversary of hoisting of the National Flag at Port Blair by freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose.

Renaming of islands

Island

New Name

Ross Island

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island

Neil Island

Shaheed Dweep

Havelock Island

Swaraj Dweep

Bose had hoisted the flag at Port Blair on December 30, 1943, as he believed that Port Blair was the first territory to be freed from British rule. This was done after the Japenese captured that area during the time of the Second World War.

Netaji Subash Chandra Bose

• Born on January 23, 1897, Bose tried to free India from the British rule with the help of Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany but had failed in his attempt.

• In 1938 and 1939, Netaji served the Indian National Congress as its President. But later, he was ousted from the party due to his differences with Mahatma Gandhi.

• After expulsion from Congress, he was placed under house arrest by the British. Later in 1940, he escaped from India.

• In 1941, he went to Germany where he established Free India Centre and another Free India Centre in Berlin with the help of German funds.

• During his stay in Germany, he formed a Free India Legion to aid in a possible future German land invasion of India. The group was formed with the participation of some 3000 people comprising of Indians who were captured by Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps.

• Later in 1943, he moved to Japan and revamped the Indian National Army (INA) with Japanese support. INA was a group of Indian soldiers from the British-Indian army who were captured in the Battle of Singapore.

• As per reports, Bose died when his plane crashed in Taiwan. However, several Indians don’t believe that he died in the crash or even the crash had occurred.

Famous slogans given by the Subhash Chandra Bose:

  • Jai Hind
  • Give me blood and I shall give you freedom! (Tum Mujhe Khoon Do, Mai Tumhe Azaadi Dunga)
  • Ittefaq, Etemad, Qurbani (Urdu for "Unity, Agreement, Sacrifice")
  • Dilli Chalo ("On to Delhi)!

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