Netaji statue to be installed at India Gate: All you need to know about sculpture honouring Subhas Chandra Bose

A statue of freedom icon Subhas Chandra Bose will be installed at India Gate in Delhi to mark his 125th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared on Friday in tweets

FP Staff January 21, 2022 14:53:41 IST
Netaji statue to be installed at India Gate: All you need to know about sculpture honouring Subhas Chandra Bose

A statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose will be installed at India Gate on his 125th birth anniversary. Image courtesy: News18

A statue of freedom icon Subhas Chandra Bose will be installed at India Gate in Delhi to mark his 125th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared on Friday in tweets.

"At a time when the entire nation is marking the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, I am glad to share that his grand statue, made of granite, will be installed at India Gate. This would be a symbol of India's indebtedness to him," the prime minister said in tweets.

Until the statue is completed, a hologram would be placed under the canopy.

Netaji statue to be installed at India Gate All you need to know about sculpture honouring Subhas Chandra Bose

Till the statue is completed, a hologram of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose will be installed. Image courtesy: News18

"Till the grand statue of Netaji Bose is completed, a hologram statue of his would be present at the same place. I will unveil the hologram statue on 23rd January, Netaji's birth anniversary," he added.

Last year, the government had announced to celebrate Netaji Jayanti as ‘Parakram Diwas’ (day of valour), which will also mark the beginning of the Republic Day celebration instead of a day later.

Here is everything you need to know about the statue:

The statue will be made of granite and will be installed under a canopy that was once occupied by the statue of King George V, which was installed in 1938.

Netaji statue to be installed at India Gate All you need to know about sculpture honouring Subhas Chandra Bose

A statue of King George V was originally installed under the canopy in 1938. Image courtesy: News18

According to Kanchan Gupta, senior adviser, Ministry of Information and Broadcast, the statue of King George was removed in 1968 and installed at Coronation Park in Central Delhi. The statue was intended to be replaced by that of a national hero.

Gupta said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “taken the empty anti-colonial rhetoric of 7 decades to a splendid conclusion” by installing a grand granite statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

With inputs from agencies

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