Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s relative and West Bengal BJP vice-president Chandra Kumar Bose has written to PM Narendra Modi to rename Andaman & Nicobar Islands to ‘Shaheed and Swaraj Islands’ as a tribute to Netaji. “Netaji, as the first Prime Minister of United Free India, hoisted the national flag at Port Blair on December 30, 1943,” his letter read.
In his letter, Chandra Bose said that Netaji “as the first Prime Minister of United Free India” had hoisted the national flag at Port Blair on December 30, 1943, thus establishing the Azad Hind government. He said that following this, Netaji had renamed Andaman & Nicobar Islands to Shaheed & Swaraj Islands.
In his letter dated November 11, Bose writes, “By hoisting the National flag, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, as the head of the Azad Hind Government also fulfilled his promise and commitment that INA (Indian National Army) would stand on Indian soil by the end of 1943.”