Imphal, Dec 12,
CPI(M), Manipur State Committee has demanded to declare birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as ‘Desh Prem Divas’ (Day of patriotism - Leibak Ningba Numit).
In a statement, Kshetrimayum Santa, Secretary CPI(M), Manipur State Committee stated that declaring the birth day Netaji would go a long way to rejuvenate poverty-stricken unemployed and frustrated young generation. The CPI-M leader also urged the government to make all-out efforts to compile on authentic national history on Netaji’s Provisional Azad Hind government, his INA and their contribution to the freedom movement of India.
The statement said, “It is a historical truth that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose headed the Provisional Azad Hind government formed in exile on the soil of South-East Asia on October 21, 1943, which is a red-letter day in the history of freedom movement of India. This government declared war against Britain and America and was recognised by nine foreign countries, including De Valera’s Ireland. Netaji, under the banner of this government, along with its three million INA men launched the final war of independence to ‘bring about the expulsion of the British and their allies’ from the soil of India. The INA, led by Col. S A Malik, entered the Indian soil and raised the free India’s flag at the historic town Moirang, Manipur on April 14, 1944.”
It added that the Azad Hind Government was helped and assisted by the local people of Manipur irrespective of their cast , creed and communal feelings . Notable amongst the native people are Hemam Nilmani Singh , Mairenbam Koiremg Singh etc. The INA government was active there for more than three months having their own bank, currency, post office and other infrastructure. From there, the INA launched their final march towards Imphal to liberate the country.
Ultimately, the impact of Netaji’s INA struggle created a great post war uprising in India, during November 1945 to July 1946, which compelled the British government, amongst other factors, to transfer power in August 1947.
“On completion of 75 years of Netaji’s Provisional Azad Hind government, the whole country paid their respectful homage to the great revolutionary leader and patriotic son of the country, on October 21, 2018. The INA trial roused and galvanised the Indian people’s final assault against the British colonial rule. The slogan that reverberated across the country - Sehgal, Dhillon, Shahnavaz- stands testimony to the inclusive politics of Netaji and exemplified the fighting spirit of the freedom movement uniting people of all faiths, castes and gender. People of India have many aspirations and long-standing demands in respect of their most beloved national hero Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose”, the CPI-M Manipur statement said and urged the government to fulfill the demand for declaration of birthday of the freedom fighter as as ‘Desh Prem Divas’ (Day of patriotism - Leibak Ningba Numit.
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