Netaji statue unveiled in Malaysia

Jaswinder Singh Baidwan

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A bronze statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has been unveiled on the Indian cultural centre premises here in the presence of nine Indian National Army (INA) veterans, including three women.
During a visit to Malaysia last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced renaming of the Indian Cultural Centre here as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Indian Cultural Centre.
It marked a historic moment for INA, the Rani of Jhansi regiment, Balak Sena and the veterans of the INA in Malaysia.
Nine INA veterans participated at the unveiling on Saturday and two more joined through a video message to the gathering. Three of the veterans who participated were women who were part of the Rani of Jhansi regiment of the INA. The bust was unveiled by the traditional lighting of the lamp.
There were two INA speakers, Rasamma Bhupalan of the Rani of Jhansi regiment and Dr KR Somasundaram, who were joined by two others, Dr L Krishnan and Janaki Bai Fateh Singh, through video link.
Veteran of the Rani of Jhansi regiment Meenachee Perumal (90 years) sang INA songs in Bengali and Tamil.
All INA veterans were given commemorative plaques by the High Commissioner T S Tirumurti.
Netaji strode across the Malay Peninsula inspiring numerous Malaysians, particularly those of Indian-origin, to join the army.