INA role in India’s independence recalled on Netaji’s birth anniversary

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New Delhi, Jan. 23 (ANI): Warm tributes were paid to Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army (INA) at a function organised by INA Remembrance Association at a commemorative function at the Airport Authority of India Officers’ Institute here this morning.

Descendants of members of the Indian National Army participated in the function organised on the 119 birth anniversary of Subash Chandra Bose.

One of the important participants at the function was Col. Aman Bahadur Singh, who recalled the magnetic personality of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who had assumed an active leadership of the Indian National Army on his arrival in Southeast Asia in 1943.

Col. Gautam Das, who was one of the members who had organised the function, recalled that when he had visited Pakistan he was told by a retired Pakistani Brigadier, Zahid Zaman Khan that his grandfather gave a car and driver to Netaji to go from Peshawar to Kabul. He recalled that Brig Zahid Zaman Khan was very proud of this fact.

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99-year-old Col Aman Bhadur Singh, who was an officer in the Indian National Army, was an important participant at the function. He recalled his meeting with Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, and said he had never seen a braver person than him.

Col Aman Bahadur recalled that the soldiers of the INA were so motivated by his words that even in the battlefield when they were struck by a bullet, they would say ‘Jai Hind’.

He also recalled the trial of INA soldiers who were imprisoned in the Red Fort in India. He said when they were asked during the trial why you joined INA, the reply was ‘ we wanted to serve our motherland’

At the function, speakers appreciated that the secret files relating to Subash Chandra Bose were being de-classified.

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Speakers also spoke that many INA soldiers were settled in Burma and Malaysia, and they were not recognised nationals of that country. They wanted the Government of India to issue them documents that they were Indian Nationals and had joined the Indian National Army and fight for the Independence of India. (ANI)

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