The Centre has decided to rename three islands of Andaman. According to reports, the three islands — Ross, Neil and Havelock — will be renamed Netaji Subash Chandra Bose island, Shaheed dweep, and Swaraj dweep, respectively.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to make the announcement during his visit to Port Blair on 30 December. The occasion is to mark the 75th anniversary of Netaji's visit to the islands.
In a letter dated 11 November, Netaji's relative and West Bengal BJP vice-president Chandra Kumar Bose wrote to Modi, demanding that the names of the islands be changed as a tribute.
"By hoisting the national flag (in Port Blair), Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, as the head of the Azad Hind Government, also fulfilled his promise and commitment that INA (Indian National Army) would stand on Indian soil by the end of 1943," he wrote.
"On 29 December, 1943, Netaji, accompanied by Sarvashri Anand Mohan Sahay, Captain Rawat-ADC and Colonel DS Raju, the personal physician of Netaji, landed at the Port Blair aerodrome in Andaman. The enthusiastic Indian residents accorded them a warm reception. Netaji appointed Indian National Army General AD Loganathan the governor of the islands."
With inputs from agencies
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Updated Date: Dec 25, 2018 07:57:07 IST