Weeks after three Andaman islands were renamed after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a museum on the freedom fighter at the Red Fort in New Delhi on his 122nd birth anniversary on Wednesday. The museum is digitised and it will contain some interesting and unknown facts about Netaji – right from his childhood days to documenting the Indian National Army (INA) trials. Interestingly, the museum is housed on the first floor of the Red Fort barracks, the place where INA soldiers were tried by the British. PM Modi also inaugurated the Yaad-e-Jallian Museum, (museum on the Jallianwala Bagh and World War I), the Museum on 1857- India’s first war of Independence, and Drishyakala-Museum on Indian Art within the Red Fort complex.
The museum on Bose and the Indian National Army showcases various artefacts related to Subhash Chandra Bose and INA. The artefacts include a wooden chair and sword used by the leader, medals, badges, uniforms and other artefacts related to the INA.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose museum at Red Fort in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/vjGteJFWRe— ANI (@ANI) January 23, 2019
The prime minister also visited the Yaad-e-Jallian, a museum on Jallianwala Bagh, at the Red Fort.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Yaad-e-Jallian, a museum on Jallianwala Bagh, at Red Fort in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/aAkNpzRFjC— ANI (@ANI) January 23, 2019
A documentary on Bose and the INA will help visitors understand the vision of the freedom fighter. Actor Abhishek Bachchan has lent his voice for the documentary. The Yaad-e-Jallian Museum provides an authentic account of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre that took place on April 13, 1919. A replica of the memorial erected at the Jallianwala Bagh has also been placed at the museum. The museum will also showcase the heroism, valour and sacrifices made by Indian soldiers during the World War-I. A poem penned by Sarojini Naidu on the plight of Indian soldiers who fought the World War I for the British Empire is part of the artefacts at the museum.
In a tweet earlier, Modi said he bows to Bose on his birth anniversary.
“He was a stalwart who committed himself towards ensuring India is free and leads a life of dignity. We are committed to fulfilling his ideals and creating a strong India,” he wrote.
I bow to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his Jayanti.
He was a stalwart who committed himself towards ensuring India is free and leads a life of dignity. We are committed to fulfilling his ideals and creating a strong India. pic.twitter.com/QpE967nuUH— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 23, 2019
(With PTI inputs)