21 islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been named after Param Vir Chakra awardees. PM Narendra Modi announced the same on January 23, also marking the 126th birth anniversary of India’s legendary freedom fighter, Subhash Chandra Bose.
Of the 21 people who have received the Param Vir Chakra, one served in the Indian Force, and 20 served in the Indian Army.
At the same time, PM Modi also unveiled the model of a proposed memorial dedicated to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose that has been planned to be set up in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The PM also added that it will infuse feelings of patriotism among people.
The memorial of Netaji will be located on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, which was earlier called Ross Island. If reports are to go by, facilities will be made available at the site, and will include a cable car ropeway, museum, laser-and-sound show, a guided heritage trail through historical buildings and a theme-based children’s amusement park.
PM Modi attended the occasion virtually, and underlined the importance of Andaman and Nicobar islands saying Andaman is the land where the Tricolour was hoisted for the first time. He also stated in the event that Andamans is the land where the government of independent India was formed for the first time. The country celebrates the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra as Parakram Diwas, he further added.
Netaji's memorial in the Andaman and Nicobar islands will help infuse more patriotism in the hearts of the people, while also adding that it’s also the place where Neta Ji first unfurled the flag of India. PM Modi also highlighted that many heroes who fought for the independence were incarcerated in this land of the Andamans.