PM Modi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually participated at an event and named the largest unnamed islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees. The event was organised on the occasion of the Parakram Diwas. The PM inaugurated a model of a proposed memorial on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Andaman and Nicobar Islands to commemorate the freedom fighter’s 126th birth anniversary. The Government in 2021 declared January 23 as Parakram Diwas to commemorate the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
Recalling Netaji’s contribution
“Today, on Parakram Diwas, I pay homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose & recall his unparalleled contribution to India’s history. He will be remembered for his fierce resistance to colonial rule. We are working to realise his vision for India,” PM Modi wrote in his tweet.
Extending his greetings to the countrymen on the occasion, he said it was in Andamans where the free tricolour was hoisted for the first time.
According to an official release from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), PM Modi would also unveil the model of the National Memorial dedicated to Netaji to be built on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep. The Ross Islands were renamed as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep by the PM Modi during his visit to the Island in 2018. Other than this, Neil Island and Havelock Island were also renamed as Shaheed Dweep and Swaraj Dweep.
Respect to the heroes
“Giving due respect to the real-life heroes of the country has always been accorded the highest priority by the Prime Minister. Going ahead with this spirit, it has now been decided to name the 21 largest unnamed islands of the island group after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees,” the statement from the PMO read. The largest unnamed island will be named after the first Param Vir Chakra awardee, the second largest unnamed island will be named after the second Param Vir Chakra awardee, and so on.
Who are the 21 awardees?
“These islands have been named after the 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees, viz. Major Somnath Sharma; Subedar and Hony Captain (then Lance Naik) Karam Singh, MM; 2nd Lt. Rama Raghoba Rane; Nayak Jadunath Singh; Company Havildar Major Piru Singh; Capt GS Salaria; Lieutenant Colonel (then Major) Dhan Singh Thapa; Subedar Joginder Singh; Major Shaitan Singh; CQMH. Abdul Hamid; Lt Col Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore; Lance Naik Albert Ekka; Major Hoshiar Singh; 2nd Lt. Arun Khetrapal; Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon; Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran; Naib Subedar Bana Singh; Captain Vikram Batra; Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey; Subedar Major (then Rifleman) Sanjay Kumar; and Subedar Major Retd (Hony Captain) Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav,” PMO further stated.
He said that all the 21 Paramveers had only one resolution- ‘India First’. “Today in the naming of these islands, their resolution has become immortal forever. The potential of Andamans is huge. In the past 8 years, the country has made continuous efforts in this direction,” he added.
“Veer Savarkar and many other heroes who fought for the country were incarcerated in this land of the Andamans. When I visited Port Blair 4-5 years ago, I dedicated Indian names to the 3 main islands there,” the PM said.
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