Kolkata, Aug 18 — After 75-years of Subhas Chandra Boses mysterious disappearance, the family members of Indias freedom struggle icon on Tuesday demanded for renaming of the Eastern Command headquarters Fort William in Kolkata after Netaji.
“On the official day of his disappearance, we demand for renaming Fort William after Netaji. This will be the ultimate tribute to him where he had undergone four months of military arms training from February 1916 when he was just about 20-years-old,” Netaji’s grandnephew and activist Indraneel Mitra told IANS.
Mitra said that very few Indian’s know that Netaji had undergone rigorous military training for four months at the Fort William. “We family members would want the Government of India to consider the demand and take necessary steps towards renaming one of the six operational commands of the Indian Army after Netaji,” he said, adding that the British has gone, now why should we still call it Fort William and remember their King.
The Eastern Command, an operational command of the Indian Army, is headquartered in Fort William in the city of Kolkata. The Command’s Area of Responsibility extends from Bengal to Sikkim and then across the entire Northeast India.
“Netaji has a strong association with the Fort William as a part of the 89-Bengal Regiment when he was a third-year student of philosophy honours in the Scottish Church College under Calcutta University. He was a trainee member of the university cadet corps that time,” said Rajashree Choudhury, great grand-niece of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
She said that Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) will demand for renaming Fort William as Netaji Subhas Fort on the very day of his mysterious disappearance (August 18, 1945).
“As great grand-niece and as national president of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) this will be the first honour we can show to our freedom fighters by removing a British name and honouring the hub from where our brave soldiers fought in the name of the first Supreme Commander of free India government,” she told IANS.
Choudhury said that this would be an official recognition for Netaji who stands as a ‘Symbol of Patriotism’ for every Indian. She said that she would also write a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a request to consider the proposal and rename Fort William after Netaji.
Built during the early years of the Bengal Presidency of British India, Fort William is a fort located near Hastings in Kolkata.