Correcting Mistakes Of Past: PM On Bose Statue
The Indian Express Delhi|January 24, 2022
'Efforts were made to erase contribution of several leaders'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a hologram statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate on Sunday and said the country is correcting mistakes” made after independence when, according to him, efforts were made to erase the contribution of several great personalities along with the nation's heritage and culture.

The Prime Minister's remarks were echoed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah who also spoke at the event about “an attempt to push into oblivion several personalities from the freedom struggle.

Modi said: Yeh durbhagya raha ki azadi ke baad desh ki sanskriti aur sanskaron ke saath hi anek mahan vyaktityon ki yogdan ko mitane ki kaam kiya gaya.

Swadhinta sangram mein lakhonlakh deshvasiyon ki tapasya shamil thi lekin unke itihaas ko bhi seemit karne ki koshish hui. Lekin aaj azadi ke dashkon baad desh ungaltiyon ko danke ki chot par sudhar raha hai, thik kar raha hai.” (“It was unfortunate that after independence, efforts were made to erase the contribution of several great personalities, along with the culture and heritage of the country. The freedom struggle involved the penance of lakhs of people but there was an attempt to limit their history. But today, after decades of independence, the country is correcting

those mistakes with boldness.) In this context, Modi said: Today, the country is developing five pilgrimage sites (panch the earth) associated with Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar. The Statue of Unity has become a pilgrimage in the glory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. We have named one island of Andaman after Netaji . A memorial has also been dedicated to his name there. It is a tribute not only to Netaji but also to the jawans of the Indian National Army (INA). He also referred to Janjatiya Gaurav Divas in honour of tribal icon Birsa Munda, and the construction of tribal museums across the country to mark the contribution of the community.

He said it is the grand resolve of Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav-- 75th year of independence celebrations -- that India will revive its identity and inspirations.

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