BJP president Rajnath Singh on Thursday reiterated his demand for unravelling the mystery behind the death and disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
The people want to know as to how Netaji died and under what circumstances. The Centre should take steps to bring the truth before the people of the country.
Singh paid rich tributes to Netaji on the occasion of his 117th birth anniversary while visiting his birthplace which has been converted into a national museum. He garlanded the statue of Netaji and went round the galleries and exhibits in the museum.
“Netaji is one of the greatest heroes in the history of the country but his death and disappearance is still shrouded in mystery,” said the BJP chief. The birth anniversary of Netaji was, meanwhile, celebrated amid pomp and gaiety in the millennium city. Thousands thronged Netaji Birthplace Museum throughout the day not only to pay homage but also draw inspiration from his life.
The museum, in fact, saw a record footfalls during the day with a major chunk of the visitors being youth. Besides school and college students, youngsters in groups as well as individually made to the museum to pay their tributes.
“It is heartening to see that youths are keen on knowing the life of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his fight for Independence. The number of footfalls has surpassed all our expectations. We expect the number of visitors to cross one lakh by the end of the day,” curator JP Das said.
The young visitors were equally enthusiastic, visiting all the galleries and intently going through the exhibits. They were seen going through the contents of letters of Netaji that have been put on display with interest. They lapped up each and every aspect of his life from his childhood, his life as student, initiation into freedom struggle to forming the Azad Hind Fauz.
“We are proud to belong to the same land where one of the greatest heroes of the country was born. His life and ideals hold relevance in the present day situation. He will continue to inspire generations,” said Rupesh Kumar Das, a college student.
Earlier in the day, customary prayer meetings and havan were organised by the administration in presence of RDC Arvind Padhee, Collector Girish SN and Director, Culture Sushil Das. The National Flag was hoisted on the museum premises.
An Odia translation of the autobiography of Netaji “An Indian Pilgrim” was released on the occasion. Cultural programmes, a painting camp by BK College of Arts and sand sculpture by Pramod Patnaik marked the celebrations.