The hands of the clock have seen every turn of history, when what happened, why it happened, how it happened and who did it. The eyewitnesses of all these are just the hands of the clock. Today once again she is going to become a witness of turning a new page of history.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not only the architect of writing this new page, but he is also the mainstay of writing it till the end. The reason for writing this entire role is that what is going to happen today is a big change in the history of independent India after decades.
Yes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a 28-feet tall statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, installed under the umbrella behind India Gate, at 7 pm today. This idol made of granite stone will be one of the largest monoliths (i.e. sculpture made by carving a single stone) in the country.
Not only this, in the last 61 years many generations who have passed through ‘Rajpath’. The new generation will now know the same road by the name ‘Duty Path’, because the name of this road showing the power of the Republic of India to the world will also be changed from tomorrow. Earlier in 1961, the name of this road was changed from the British era King’s Way to ‘Rajpath’.
‘Dutypath’ going to open
The Central Government had started the Central Vista Project to be built at a cost of about Rs 20,000 crore in the middle of the Corona period. Under this, apart from the new Parliament House, the new capital of the country is to be constructed on a three kilometer long road leading from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate.
In this, a new secretariat of the central government, offices of ministries and many government residences are to be built. In the first phase of this project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to inaugurate ‘Durtypath’ instead of ‘Rajpath’.
Netaji statue unveiled
At the same time, earlier this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a hologram statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in an umbrella built behind India Gate on the occasion of his birth anniversary. It was then said that a granite statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose would be installed at this place.
Now this 28 feet high statue is ready, so Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to unveil it tomorrow. Earlier, the government has merged the ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ burning under the India Gate into the National War Memorial.
The history of the umbrella of India Gate is special
Under the umbrella under which the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is going to be installed, there used to be a marble statue of King George V, the Maharaja of Britain. This statue, installed in 1939, was removed from there after independence and since 1968 this umbrella is empty. That statue of George V adorns what was then the venue of the 1911 Delhi Durbar, now called Coronation Park.
One of the 5 vows of Amritkal
This new version of the Central Vista of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being linked to his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort. On that day, Prime Minister Modi had urged to take ‘5 vows’ during the nectar of independence. In such a situation, the unveiling of Netaji’s statue and the renaming of Rajpath is being seen as one of them being linked with the pledge to ‘get rid of the mentality of slavery’.
There will be many colorful programs
The Prime Minister will arrive at Chhatri to unveil the statue of Netaji, accompanied by traditional Manipuri conch-vadyam and Kerala’s traditional Pancha Vadyam and Chanda. The statue will be unveiled to the tune of Kadam-Kadam Badhaye Jaa, the traditional song of the Azad Hind Fauj.
At the same time, a group of 500 dancers will present a program showing the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat‘ and ‘Unity in Diversity‘ on this occasion. After the main function, this festival will start at 08.45 pm on 8th September 2022 at Duty Path and will continue from 7.00 pm to 9 pm on 10th and 11th September 2022.
A special 10-minute drone show on the life of Netaji will be presented on 9th, 10th and 11th September, 2022 at 8.00 PM at India Gate. Admission to both the cultural festival and the drone show will be free for the public.