Prime Minister to attend Parakram Diwas program at Red Fort
On the occasion of Parakram Diwas, which marks the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in a special program at the Red Fort on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. The program is part of a nine-day celebration that will showcase the life and legacy of Netaji and the Azad Hind Fauj.
Parakram Diwas: A tribute to Netaji
Parakram Diwas, which means Bravery Day, is celebrated every year on January 23 to honour the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, one of the most prominent leaders of India’s freedom struggle. Netaji is widely remembered for his courage, patriotism, and leadership of the Azad Hind Fauj, or the Indian National Army, which fought against the British colonial rule during World War II.
The Government of India decided to observe Parakram Diwas in 2021 to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji and to inspire the nation with his indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation. The Ministry of Culture has planned various activities and events throughout the year to pay homage to Netaji and to spread awareness about his contributions to the nation’s history and culture.
Red Fort program: A glimpse of Netaji and the Azad Hind Fauj
The Red Fort program, which will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister on Tuesday, is one of the highlights of the Parakram Diwas celebrations. The program will feature exhibitions of rare photos and documents related to Netaji and the Azad Hind Fauj, cultural performances, and showcases of the country’s diversity and achievements.
The Red Fort holds a special significance for Netaji and the Azad Hind Fauj, as it was here that Netaji unfurled the tricolour flag of the provisional government of free India on August 14, 1947. The Red Fort also witnessed the historic trials of the three INA officers, Colonel Prem Sahgal, Colonel Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon, and Major General Shah Nawaz Khan, who were charged with treason and waging war against the King of England.
The Prime Minister will also digitally launch the Bharat Parv, which will display the Republic Day tableaux and other attractions from 26 ministries and departments. The Bharat Parv, which will be held from January 26 to 31, 2024, aims to showcase the rich and diverse culture, heritage, and development of India.
Conclusion: A salute to Netaji and his vision
The Parakram Diwas program at the Red Fort is a fitting tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his vision of a free and prosperous India. The program will also honour the sacrifices and valour of the Azad Hind Fauj, who fought for the country’s independence with the slogan of “Jai Hind”. The program will also inspire the nation to follow Netaji’s ideals of courage, dedication, and service to the nation.
As the Prime Minister said in his Mann Ki Baat address on January 21, 2024, “Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose would always be remembered as a heroic soldier who devoted his life towards India’s freedom. His bravery and patriotism will continue to motivate generations of Indians. On Parakram Diwas, let us all pay our respects to Netaji and his dream of a strong and united India.”