A grand statue of Subhas Chandra Bose will be installed at India Gate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday - two days before the freedom fighter’s 125th birth anniversary. PM Modi said in a tweet, “I am glad to share that the grand statue, made of granite, will be installed at India Gate. This would be a symbol of India’s indebtedness to him.”
However, till the time the statue is constructed, a hologram bust of ‘Netaji’ will be put up at the iconic monument in the national capital, PM Modi further said. “I will unveil the hologram statue on 23rd January, Netaji’s birth anniversary,” he posted.
The dimensions of the upcoming statue will be 28 feet * 6 feet. The canopy, under which it will be placed, previously featured a bust of Britain's King George V - which was removed in 1968, they added.
Last week, the Union government announced that starting this year, the annual Republic Day celebrations will start on January 23, instead of January 24, to coincide with birth anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose. Since last year, January 23 has been observed as ‘Parakram Diwas’ in memory of the former commander of the erstwhile Indian National Army (INA).