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Many freedom fighters did not get their due: Amit Shah

The Union home minister said that the Manipur government has plans to build a memorial at the spot and he added that the memorial will inspire tourists, the youth and the younger generation across the country on how to fight with limited resources.

Mount Harriet, Mount ManipurAccording to the ministry of home affairs, Amit Shah said that injustice has been done to Netaji | PTI/file

Home Minister Amit Shah Saturday claimed that several freedom fighters, including Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Veer Savarkar, were not given their due in independent India.

Shah, who was visiting the Andaman and Nicobar islands, said the government had decided to rechristen Mount Harriet island in the Union Territory as Mount Manipur in the memory of those who sacrificed their life for the country from the northeastern state.

“Manipur had a significant contribution in resisting the British in the entire Northeast during the 1857 Revolution and also in 1891. Manipur never gave up and the people there continued to fight. Manipur was the only state that had implemented its own constitution. Manipuri war hero Yuvraj Tikendrajit and General Thangal were publicly hanged in Fida, Imphal. The British thought that by hanging them, they had crushed the freedom movement, but it did not happen. After that Maharaja Kulchandra Dhwaja Singh and 22 freedom fighters were sent to Kala Pani and they were kept here on Mount Harriet. Today in his memory, we would like to honor his contribution by naming Mount Harriet as Mount Manipur,” Shah said.

Shah said that the Manipur government also wants to build a memorial here.

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Shah is on a three-day visit to Andaman and Nicobar. On Saturday, he inaugurated various development projects on Ross Island which has now been rechristened as Netaji Subhash Island.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Shah said Bose did not receive as much importance as he should have.

“For years, attempts were made to downplay many well-known leaders of the Independence movement and their contributions. But now the time has come that everyone should find their proper place in history, those who contributed and sacrificed their lives, they should find their proud place in history, and that is why Prime Minister Modi decided to name this island after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose,” the MHA quoted him as having said.

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The Union Home and Cooperation Minister said that similar injustice has been done to Sardar Patel.

“The Indian Republic today would not have been possible if Sardar Patel had not made more than 550 princely states a part of India in less than a year and a half. Sardar Saheb also did not receive the same respect as he should have received after Independence. But history repeats itself, no matter how much injustice is done to anyone, good work is never hidden and today in Kevadia, the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Saheb has been installed by Narendra Modi, which people from all over the world come to see,” he said.

“In the coming days, we are going to develop this island too and will build a grand memorial for Subhash Babu,” he added.

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Shah said that 14 projects worth Rs 299 crore and foundation stones of 12 projects worth Rs 643 crore have been inaugurated in Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Saturday.

“The Modi government is beginning development work of about Rs 1,000 crore in a small area of Andaman Islands today. Shri Amit Shah said that the Modi government has decided to name the bridge which was inaugurated today as Azad Hind Fauj Bridge. Every person passing through this bridge would go from one end to the other paying homage to Netaji’s 35,000 kms journey, his courage and his valour,” he said.

First published on: 16-10-2021 at 21:02 IST
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