Opposition has accused the Modi government of playing politics and trying to show strength and power. Well, changing names is nothing new, it has been a common practice among the politicians in power to exhibit their power.
Without going into any political controversy, I feel Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government deserves all the kudos for showing genuine respect for Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Neither Congress nor non-Congress goverments those came into power after Rajiv Gandhi’s death cared to install Netaj Bose’s statue. Though, they all had it in their manifesto. So, it’s Narendra Modi and his government who had been taking initiatives to install the statue at India Gate.
Needless to mention the most befitting statue as Netaji Bose was the first Prime Minister of Azad Hind Fauj and wanted to hoist the national flag at the ramparts of Red Fort. He also gave the clarion call, “Chalo Dilli”. The famous Indian National Army (INA) song, ‘Hum Dehli Delhi jayenge… apna hind baneyenge… Subhash ka kehna manna hai … aab Dehli Chalke rehnaa hai…’ was penned and sang by Captain Ram Singh Thakur who sand all the INA songs.
Earlier, on January 23, 2022, during an event at the India Gate, Prime Minister Modi had unveiled a hologram of Netaji Bose and placed under the canopy at the India Gate. It was placed as a substitute to the statue which will be placed today in the evening. The hologram was badly damaged due to a devastating storm and downpour that lashed the capital few days after the event compelling the government to remove the hologram.
On September 8, 2022, today, the Prime Minister unveiled the statue of Netaji Bose and said, “Netaji was deprived of what he deserved. The previous governments did nothing to honour the brave son of the motherland”. PM Modi said he drives inspiration from Netaji Bose and regard it’s his as well as country’s responsibility to honour this great man. Referring to renaming of Kartavya Path, PM Modi said it will inspire people and remind them of their duties towards the country.