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PM Modi participates in a ceremony to name the 21 largest unnamed islands of Andaman & Nicobar Islands after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees

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Shaheed Dweep, Swaraj Dweep, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: Govt To Rename 3 Andaman Islands-December 30, 2018

The new names will be formally announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Port Blair on December 30, 2018.

Renaming is not a new pattern for the  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government as the Centre has given consent to renaming at least 25 towns and villages across India in the past one year. 

Allahabad and Faizabad names were changed in November by the Uttar Pradesh governement.

Earlier, BJP lawmaker Sangeet Som demanded that Muzaffarnagar district be renamed to Laxminagar. And a BJP MLA from Agra, Jagan Prasad Garg, said he would be meeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for demanding that the district be renamed to Agrawan.

Jan 23, 2023- These islands have been named after the 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees. Major Somnath Sharma; Subedar and Hony Captain (then Lance Naik) Karam Singh, MM; 2nd Lt. Rama Raghoba Rane; Nayak Jadunath Singh; Company Havildar Major Piru Singh; Capt GS Salaria; Lieutenant Colonel (then Major) Dhan Singh Thapa; Subedar Joginder Singh; Major Shaitan Singh; CQMH. Abdul Hamid; Lt Col Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore; Lance Naik Albert Ekka; Major Hoshiar Singh; 2nd Lt. Arun Khetrapal; Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon; Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran; Naib Subedar Bana Singh; Captain Vikram Batra; Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey; Subedar Major (then Rifleman) Sanjay Kumar; and Subedar Major Retd (Hony Captain) Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav.

Unveils model of National Memorial dedicated to Netaji to be built on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep

“When history is being made, the future generations not just remember, assess and evaluate it, but also find constant inspiration from it”

“This day will be remembered by future generations as a significant chapter in the Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal”

“The voices of unprecedented passion along with immense pain are still heard from the cells of the Cellular Jail today”

“From Bengal to Delhi to Andaman, every part of the country salutes and cherishes the legacy of Netaji”

“The grand statue of Netaji in front of our democratic institutions and Kartavya Path reminds us of our duties.”

“Like the sea connects different islands, the feeling of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ unites every child of Mother India”

“It is the duty of the country that the soldiers who dedicated themselves to national defense should be widely recognized along with the contributions of the army”

“Now people are coming to Andaman and Nicobar Islands to know and live the history”

On Parakram Diwas, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi participated in a ceremony to name the 21 largest unnamed islands of Andaman & Nicobar Islands after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees today via video conferencing. During the program, the Prime Minister also unveiled the model of the National Memorial dedicated to Netaji to be built on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep.

Background

Keeping in mind the historical significance of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and to honour the memory of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Ross Islands was renamed as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep by the Prime Minister during his visit to the Island in 2018. Neil Island and Havelock Island were also renamed Shaheed Dweep and Swaraj Dweep.

Giving due respect to the real-life heroes of the country has always been accorded the highest priority by the Prime Minister. Going ahead with this spirit, it has now been decided to name the 21 largest unnamed islands of the island group after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees. The largest unnamed island will be named after the first Param Vir Chakra awardee, the second largest unnamed island will be named after the second Param Vir Chakra awardee, and so on. This step will be an everlasting tribute to our heroes, several of whom made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the nation.

Source: PMINDIA, Outlook

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