Andaman and Nicobar Island to be renamed by the Modi Government
Three very popular islands of Andaman and Nicobar Island will be renamed. The islands to be renamed are Ross Island, Neil Island and Havelock Island. The islands are to be renamed before the New Year. PM Modi is expected to announce the decision of renaming on the 75th Anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s visit to Port Blair, where he had hosted the national flag.
“The government has decided to rename Ross Island as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Neil Island as Shahid Dweep and Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep as a tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. It will be announced along with other plans for the islands during PM’s visit at the end of this month.
A month ago, West Bengal BJP vice president Chandra Kumar Bose, who is a relative of the freedom fighter had requested the prime minister to change the name of the islands as the ‘Shaheed and Swaraj Islands’.
December 30, 1943, Azad had hoisted the national flag at the then Gymkhana Ground which is presently called Netaji Stadium, and this was the first territory to be set free from the British rule. The freedom fighter had named the As Andaman Island as Shaheed Island and Nicobar Island as the Swaraj Island and appointed INA general A D Loganathan as its governor.
PM Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh will together visit the island on December 30th. The duo will host a 150 meter –high flag at Port Blair and also release commemorative stamp and coin to mark the occasion.
As per the leading newspaper, the formalities required to rename have been completed and the Prime Minister will officially announce the new names.