Once gain, following the trend of city renaming, three of the most popular islands of Andaman Nicobar were changed by PM Modi during the 75th anniversary of tri-colour hoisting by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on Monday.
The three Andaman Nicobar islands that received a name change are the Ross Island, the Neil Island, and the Havelock Island, which are now renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, Shaheed Dweep, and Swaraj Dweep respectively. Three of the Andaman Nicobar Island earlier known as the Ross Island, the Neil Island, and the Havelock Island are a major tourist attraction and draws a high amount of tourists each year. The renaming is meant to pay a tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’ on the occasion of 75th anniversary of tri-colour flag hoisting done for the first time in independent India, by the independence legend of India.
Back in 1943, on the same day, Bose had suggested renaming Andaman Nicobar Island as Shahid and Swaraj Dweep. But, somehow his request was not fulfilled, but the PM Modi made his wish come true and renamed the three of the islands in the memory of Subhash Chandra Bose. Paying a tribute, PM Modi said how we take Subhash Chandra Bose’s name with pride when it comes to heroes of the freedom struggle. He further added “the country draws inspiration from Andaman. That is why the government has issued a notification and I am proudly announcing that henceforth, Ross Island will be known as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep. The Neil Island will be known as Shahid Dweep and Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.”
Besides the renaming, Modi also inaugurated several projects and laid some foundation stones for projects related to energy, connectivity, education, tourism, and health sectors in Andaman Nicobar islands. Later, the PM addressed a public meeting donning the cap of Azad Hind Fauj founded by Netaji. A commemorative stamp, its first-day cover and a 75 rupees coin were also introduced during the occasion on Monday.