Parakram Diwas will honour and remember Netaji’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the ‘Parakram Diwas’ celebrations at Victoria Memorial, Kolkata on Saturday, to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary year of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose who played an important role against the British rule in India.

The central government has decided to celebrate Netaji's birthday on January 23 as ‘Parakram Diwas’ every year to honour and remember Netaji’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation.

The idea is to inspire people of the country, especially the youth, to act with fortitude in the face of adversity as Netaji did, and to infuse in them a spirit of patriotic fervour.

According to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), a permanent exhibition and a Projection Mapping Show on Netaji will be inaugurated on the occasion. Prime Minister Modi will also release a commemorative coin and postage stamp at the event, which will also see a cultural programme, "Amra Nuton Jouboneri Doot", based on the theme of Netaji.

Before this event, the Prime Minister will visit the National Library, Kolkata, where an International Conference “Re-visiting the legacy of Netaji Subhas in the 21st century” and an Artists' Camp are being organized. During his visit, Prime Minister Modi will interact with the artists and conference participants.

Announcing the year-long celebrations, the Union Ministry of Culture had earlier said that the 125th Birth Anniversary year of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be celebrated in a befitting manner at national and international level.

Prime Minister Modi heads the committee that has been constituted for deciding the programs, and to supervise and guide the commemorationthroughout the year. The Committee will provide guidance for the commemoration activities in Delhi, Kolkata and other places associated with Netaji and Azad Hind Fauj, both in India as well as overseas, the culture ministry had said.