Imphal: First hoisting of Indian National Army (INA) flag on Indian soil in Manipur was observed as 77th Anniversary of Flag Hoisting Day at INA Martyr’s Memorial Complex in Bishnupur district on Wednesday.
It was on this day in 1944 that the flag of the Indian National Army was hoisted for the first time on Indian soil at Moirang.
Chief minister N. Biren Singh unfurled the Indian Tricolor Flag and also led the other dignitaries in paying floral tribute to the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose installed inside the complex.
Biren recalled the invaluable contribution made by freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in liberating the Country from the colonial rule of the British.
He said India had witnessed differences in ideology and ways used by different leaders during the freedom struggle against the British. However, the contribution made by each one of them was much impactful towards attaining the country’s freedom, he added.
Many Indian leaders had played significant roles during the freedom struggle but unfortunately their contributions are not known to the following generation. Every citizen should pay homage and remember leaders and their roles in making India a free country, the chief minister said.
Every citizen should have a sense of belongingness and bear a true spirit of nationalism, without which no person could achieve success in any field.
Biren informed that the INA Headquarter at Moirang would be well preserved in memory of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the Tricolor Flag would also be installed to the place to make it a centre of attraction for tourists.
He said the state government had come to an agreement with the owner and paperwork for purchase of the land where the INA Headquarter once stood was in process. He appealed to the people of Moirang not to raise any objection at the time when the owner would be given an alternative space for his residence by the government. He also stressed on the need to enlarge the current INA Memorial Complex.
Stating that love for the motherland and mutual respect are the foundation of a strong nation, he appealed to the public to pay respect to one another’s community and religion and go together towards the path of development of the state.
The function was organised by department of art and culture, North Eastern Council and Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy.
During the function, cultural dance and songs were performed by different troupes.