Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hoisted the national flag at Delhi’s Red Fort to mark the 75th anniversary of the proclamation of the 'Azad Hind Sarkar', inspired and headed by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
In a veiled reference to the Nehru-Gandhi family, Modi said that to highlight “one family”, the contribution of other prominent leaders, including Bose, was ignored.
“It is very sad that to keep "one family" above the rest, efforts were made to forget the contribution of leaders such as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Subhash Chandra Bose made in the Independence struggle,” Modi said while addressing an event at the historic Red Fort to mark the 75th anniversary of the proclamation of the 'Azad Hind Sarkar' by Bose.
The prime minister lamented that in the post-independence decades, "things were seen through British glasses" and had the nation got the guidance of Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel, the situation today would have been entirely different.
Hailing the Aazad Hindi government, Modi said that it was not just a name, but the government headed by Bose had brought schemes for every field. “The government had their own bank, currency, post office and a system of spies,” Modi added.
A glance at Azad Hind Government:
The Azad Hind government – an Indian provisional government – was established in Singapore by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in 1943. The government was headed by Bose and had enjoyed the support and recognition by Imperial Japan. Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and their allies.
The Azad Hind government was part of a political movement by Bose outside India with its sole purpose to free India by allying with the axis of power.