The center has made plans to promote websites across the country associated with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose through curated tours as part of events commemorating the anniversary of the formation of Azad Hind’s government, officials from the Ministry of Tourism said.
On October 21, 1943, Bose announced the formation of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind in occupied Singapore. Under the banner of the provisional government-in-exile, he began a struggle to liberate India from British rule in the second half of World War II.
The Union government’s initiative to promote Bose-related locations in India is the first such effort at the national level.
âThe identification of such locations has been carried out and includes several routes. We have prepared curated itineraries covering destinations associated with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The itineraries are passed on to tour operators to promote Netaji-related websites, âan official said.
Some of the sites are covered under the Buddhist Circuit, which is being developed by the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with various central ministries and the Bihar and Uttar Pradesh governments, while the others look more like tour operator itineraries, the official said.
The Delhi-Meerut-Dalhousie-Delhi-Surat route includes the Shaheed Smarak in Meerut, the Kynance Building in Dalhousie, where Netaji spent about seven months, and Haripura in Surat, where he was elected President of the INA.
The other is the Kolkata-Nagaland-Manipur route. This includes a visit to the village of Rauzazho, which Netaji liberated in 1944 during his campaign against the British and made the INA operational base.
A large number of INA artifacts can be found in this village.
In Manipur, the tour includes Moirang, where the INA flag was deployed in 1944.
The other route that has found a place in the Ministry’s plans is the Cuttack-Kolkata-Andaman route. It would include Netaji’s childhood home in Cuttack, his first school – the Stewart School – and his high school – the Ravenshaw Collegiate School.
In Calcutta, the tour would include Presidency College and Netaji Bhawan, while the Andaman section of the route would include a visit to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island in Port Blair, where the INA unfolded its flag in 1943.
The move to showcase the life of Bose is part of the government’s efforts as part of the Amrit Mahotsav celebrations to commemorate 75 years of Indian independence.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism organized a series of events ahead of and on October 21 in India and Southeast Asia to commemorate the anniversary of the formation of the Azad Hind government. This included programs at the sites suggested as part of the tours.
The memory of Netaji is an ongoing initiative and will culminate in a major synthetic event on his birthday on January 23, 2022.