MARKING 126th birth anniversary of Indian independence hero Subhas Chandra Bose who is venerated for taking up arms against the British was Indian Ambassador Nagesh Singh and members of Thai Bharat Cultural Lodge on Sunday Jan. 22, 2023.
Also attending the celebration at the lodge was Ret. Lt. General Ajay Kumar Singh Chandele.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a statue of “Netaji” — or “leader”, as Bose is commonly known — near the India Gate war memorial in New Delhi on Sept. 8, 2022, with this replacing a statue of Britain’s King George V torn down nearly half a century ago.
With Japanese support, Bose revamped the Indian National Army (INA) right here in Bangkok comprising Indian prisoners of war who had been captured by the Japanese in the Battle of Singapore.
A combined force of Bose-led INA and Japanese units invaded India at Imphal and Kohima during World War II but were repelled by the British. However they succeeded in capturing Andaman and Nicobar Islands where a Provisional Government of Free India was declared.
Top The 28-feet-tall black granite statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Photo: PTI and published by The Telegraph Online
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