PM Modi in Kolkata: ‘Netaji dreamt of strong India… from LAC to LOC, we are following his footsteps’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India was following the footsteps of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, who had dreamt of a strong and powerful country. Addressing a crowd at an event marking Bose’s 125th birth anniversary at Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial, PM Modi said, “Netaji had dreamt of a strong India… from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to the Line of Control (LOC), we are following his footsteps.”
In his first visit to West Bengal in the run-up to the Assembly elections, PM Modi also said Netaji had once asked people not to lose hope of a “free India”, and similarly, no one could stop India from being Atmanirbhar.
“I wonder how Netaji would have felt had he seen the new India that is taking shape today. How would Netaji have felt seeing India manufacturing its own Covid-19 vaccines? He would have been immensely proud to see India helping other countries fight the pandemic,” PM Modi said.
He announced that Netaji’s birth anniversary (January 23) would henceforth be celebrated as ‘Parakram Divas’, and that the freedom fighter’s life, work and decisions were an inspiration for all. “130 crore Indians are indebted and will remain so to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose,” the Prime Minister said.