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In order to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of the great freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and as part of the yearlong celebrations, the government has decided to install a grand statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate. The statue, made of granite, shall be a fitting tribute to the immense contribution of Netaji in our freedom struggle, and would be a symbol of the country’s indebtedness to him. Till the work for the statue is completed, a hologram statue of Netaji will be present at the same place. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will unveil the hologram statue of Netaji at India Gate on 23 January 2022 at around 6 PM.

The hologram statue will be powered by a 30,000 lumens 4K projector. An invisible, high gain, 90% transparent holographic screen has been erected in such a way so that it is not visible to visitors. The 3D image of Netaji will be projected on it to create the effect of a hologram. The size of the hologram statue is 28 feet in height and 6 feet in width.

During the programme, Prime Minister will also confer the Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskars, for the years 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 in the investiture ceremony. A total of seven awards will be presented during the ceremony.

Union government has instituted the annual Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar to recognize and honour the invaluable contribution and selfless service rendered by individuals and organisations in India in the field of disaster management. The award is announced every year on 23rd January. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 51 lakh and a certificate in case of an institution and Rs. 5 lakh and a certificate in case of an individual.

It has been the constant endeavour of the Prime Minister to honour the freedom fighters in a befitting manner. A special focus of these efforts has been on the legendary freedom fighter and visionary leader, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Several steps have been taken in this regard, including the announcement that his birth anniversary will be celebrated as Parakram Diwas every year. In this spirit, Republic Day celebrations will begin a day early, from 23rd January.

Subhash Chandra Bose (23 January 1897 – 18 August 1945), there was no other personality in the history of our country who was simultaneously a great general, a brave soldier, a wonderful player of politics and be a diplomat and a talker, sitting on the par with the leaders of international repute. Subhash Chandra Bose Jayanti is celebrated on 23 January, the birthday of Subhas Chandra Bose. For the independence of India, Subhash Chandra Bose almost aroused the light in the whole of Europe. Bose was a sage by nature, a devotee of God, and a patriot by body and mind. The speech was given by Subhash Chandra Bose in Rangoon’s ‘Jubilee Hall’ will forever be etched in the pages of history, in which he said – “My friends of the freedom struggle! Freedom wants a sacrifice. You have sacrificed a lot for freedom. but there is still life to be sacrificed. Freedom today needs priests who offer their heads like flowers. There is a need for such youths who can cut off their heads and offer them to the goddess of freedom. ‘You give me blood; I will give you freedom.’ Not even a drop of blood is enough to make an ocean of blood ready and drown the British Empire in it.”

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