Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's statue unveiled in Malaysia
Posted on:20 Jun 2016 14:31:46
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20 June 2016 Current Affairs: A bronze statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose has been unveiled at the Indian cultural centre premises here in the presence of nine Indian National Army (INA) veterans, including three women.
During a visit to Malaysia last year Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced renaming of the Indian Cultural Centre here as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indian Cultural Centre.It marked a historic moment for INA, the Rani of Jhansi regiment, Balak Sena and the veterans of the INA in Malaysia.
The bust was unveiled by the traditional lighting of the lamp.Veteran of the Rani of Jhansi regiment Meenachee Perumal (90 years) sang gusty INA songs in Bengali and Tamil much to the admiration of the crowd which had filled the Cultural centre to the brim.
All INA veterans were given commemorative plaques by the High Commissioner T S Tirumurti.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose strode like a colossus across the Malay Peninsula inspiring numerous Malaysians, particularly those of Indian-origin, to join the army.
Malaysia has the second largest Indian-origin community in the world of around two million.
One of the most distinguished INA veteran in Malaysia, who passed away last year, was Capt. Janaki Athi Nahappan, who had served as deputy leader in the Rani of Jhansi regiment of the Indian National Army under Capt. Lakshmi Sahgal.
The Indian Cultural Centre, inaugurated in 2010, showcases India's rich heritage and promotes multi-layered cultural exchanges between peoples of India and Malaysia.
The High Commission of India hosted the first ever Festival of India in Malaysia last year. The bronze bust of Netaji was sculpted by Ram Sutar and sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
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