Port Blair, Dec. 31: The 74th anniversary of First Flag Hoisting day was befittingly celebrated in these Islands yesterday with air reverberated with patriotic feeling. The main function of first flag hoisting was held at the ‘Memorial of 30th December’, opposite Andaman Club wherein the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd) hoisted the National Tricolor amidst a large gathering of people from all walks of life, including the delegation of 120 members of Shaheed Swaraj Dweep Samooh Naman Yatra from different parts of the country. The State level function was organized by the A&N Administration in association with FANS (Forum for Awareness on National Security).
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Lt Governor said, “I feel proud to be part of this historical function as this day is very important for the whole country”. It was on this very day (Dec. 30) in the year 1943, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose hoisted the National Tri-Colour for the first time on Indian soil, at Gymkhana ground, Port Blair, declaring Andaman & Nicobar Islands as independent and named them ‘Shaheed, Swaraj Dweep Samooh’, the Lt Governor said. The Lt. Governor described Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose as a great patriotic leader, who fought for the freedom of the country. The Lt. Governor said that on the historic day of 30th December in the year 1943, Netaji hoisted the Tri-Colour here and he informed the Islanders while addressing the Ceremonial Flag Hoisting that “we all should be ready for great sacrifices”.
The Lt. Governor showered praise on the Islanders, who gave full support to Netaji and the freedom struggle not only as members of Indian Independence League (IIL) but as ordinary Islanders by providing financial support to IIL. The Lt. Governor informed that Shri Rama Krishna, prominent member of the society handed over a sum of Rs 10,000 to Netaji as contribution from the Islanders. He informed the gathering about Netaji’s visit to Cellular Jail, during which, he expressed his views that Andaman, the place where patriots suffered inhuman torture by the Britishers, is proud to be the first independent Islands.
The Lt. Governor appealed to the people to follow the path of Netaji and contribute to the unity & integrity of the nation. The Lt. Governor lauded the contribution of veteran citizens of the Islanders, who were the witness during the First Flag Hoisting by Netaji and expressed hope that they would remain as an inspiration to the younger generation.
The Lt. Governor congratulated FANS for their initiative in creating national security awareness among the Islanders in particular and among the people of the country as a whole and this initiative of FANS in national interest is priceless.
The Lt. Governor also felicitated some of the members of Indian National Army/Indian Independence League, Andaman Branch on the occasion. The members who were felicitated were Shri John Lobo, R/o. Aberdeen Bazaar, Smt. Ratan Devi, R/o. Babulane while the family members of Smt. Florence, R/o. Dignabad, Dr. Moti Ram, R/o Aberdeen Bazaar, Smt. Har Devi, R/o Aberdeen Bazaar, received the felicitation as they could not make it to the function due to old age.
In his address Margdarshak FANS, Shri Indresh Kumarji recalled the contribution of known and unknown freedom fighters who made supreme sacrifice for the cause of the Motherland. He also urged the Administration to take special effort to invite the families of the freedom fighters when the 75th anniversary will be celebrated in Dec. 30, 2018 to make the event a memorable one. Appreciating the cleanliness of these Islands, Shri Indresh said maintaining Swatchta in Andamans will be a real tribute to the freedom fighters.
Preceding the flag hoisting ceremony, the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Anindo Majumdar laid wreath at Martyr’s Column, Cellular Jail while the Chairperson, PBMC, Shri Indra Pal Singh laid wreath at 1857 Memorial, Marina Park and Memorial of Battle of Aberdeen besides floral tribute at Netaji Statue at Marina Park.
Nephew of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, Shri C K Bose, Chief Secretary, Shri Anindo Majumdar, Smt. Rupa Ray, ZP Adhyaksha of South Andaman, Smt. Baby Fareeda, Chairperson PBMC, Shri Indra Pal Singh, Chairperson, SSWB, Smt Poonam Arora, BJP President, Shri Vishal Jolly, Air Marshal (Dr) RC Bajpai (Retd), Councillors, representatives of Political Parties and a host of dignitaries including officers of A & N Administration also graced this historic occasion.
The President, FANS A&N Island Chapter, Shri Girish Arora informed that member of FANS is celebrating the commemorative function of first flag hoisting by Netaji in these islands since last five years. FANS members are planning to invite more families of freedom fighters to attend the next year flag hoisting function as it will be the 75th anniversary celebration.
The State level function became a revered one with the presence of the family members of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Shri CK Bose and Shri Abhijeet Ray with their spouse, family members of Veer Damodar Savarkar, Smt. Swamini Tayi Savarkar and Smt. Aashilata Raje. Sardar Balvinder Singh family member of Baba Bhan Singh who was incarcerated in the Cellular jail, M. Selvi, Kovilpatti family member of VOC Pillai of Tamil Nadu. More than 60 delegates of Bharat Abhar Parv from various parts of India also joined the celebrations.