Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was a prominent Indian nationalist leader and a key figure in the struggle for India’s independence from British rule. In order to recall his legacy, Netaji Welfare Foundation organised a special event to commemorate Netaji Subhas Chandrsa Bose’s 127th birth anniversary on the 23rd January 2024. This event was supported by Indian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and National Land Finance Co-operative Society(NLFCS) and took place at Tan Sri Soma Auditorium.
“Today’s program marks another significant milestone as it introduces an additional dimension that holds great importance for us. As we commemorate the 127th birth anniversary of Netaji, we are also prompted to reflect on our history in this nation. This dual celebration not only honors the legacy of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose but also serves as a poignant reminder of our collective historical journey in this country,” said the Shri. S. Rathakrishnan, the president of Kuala Lumpur Netaji Welfare Foundation.
There were also inspirational speeches by esteemed guests from Thailand, including Shri Ravi Bhatia, the great-grandson of Shri Lal Singh Pandhi (speechwriter for Netaji), and Shri Mahesh Krishnapal Kumar, General Secretary of Netaji Subhas Vision, Thailand.
High Commissioner His Excellency B.N. Reddy emphasized the significant historical connection between India and Malaysia, underscoring Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as a vital link in this shared narrative. He expressed gratitude to the veterans of the Indian National Army (INA) for gracing the occasion with their presence. In acknowledging Netaji’s pivotal role, H.E. B.N. Reddy not only celebrated the historical ties between the two nations but also extended appreciation to the INA veterans for their contribution to the event, recognizing their enduring significance in the broader context of India-Malaysia relations.
The High Commissioner also praised Mr. S Rathakrishnan, President of NWF, for his commendable endeavors in preserving and promoting the ideas of Netaji. He acknowledged Mr. Rathakrishnan’s determined efforts to propagate Netaji’s ideals among the younger generation of Malaysian Indians and highlighted the consistent provision of financial aid to Malaysian Indian students annually. Notably, this year, NWF extended its support to students from SJK(T) Castlefield, Puchong. As a gesture of appreciation, the High Commission presented 150 yoga mats to NWF during this special occasion. This undertaking is expected to provide significant assistance and support to the students.
The High Commissioner bestowed the prestigious Netaji and Jhansi Rani awards upon INA veterans 2nd Lt. Sundaram and Shri S.P. Narayanasamy, while the Jhansi Rani Award, posthumously conferred upon Anjalai Ponnusamy, was graciously accepted by her daughter.
The event also featured a book launch, wherein the High Commissioner and Datuk Sahadevan, Managing Director of NLFCS, jointly unveiled the book titled “Indians of Carey Island,” authored by Dr. Ramachandran. The launch marked a significant moment, emphasizing the collaboration between esteemed figures in introducing and promoting the insightful work that delves into the cultural narrative of the Indian community on Carey Island. Followed by that, a captivating dance performance was presented by Ms. Vaishnavi, a member of the Netaji Welfare Foundation, skillfully showcasing the spirit of the INA March song.
An engaging facet of the event was the Netaji Exhibition, skillfully curated to immerse the audience in a captivating journey through history. This exhibition not only served as a visual treat but also provided a comprehensive exploration of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s life and the pivotal moments of the Indian independence movement. Attendees had the opportunity to explore the rich historical tapestry, gaining insights into Netaji’s vision, leadership, and the broader socio-political context of the era. The exhibition successfully blended education and entertainment, creating an immersive experience that resonated with the audience’s curiosity and appreciation for India’s illustrious past.
The commemorative event held to mark Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s 127th birth anniversary was a multifaceted tribute that seamlessly intertwined historical remembrance, cultural celebration, and recognition of contemporary contributions. With the support of the Indian High Commission and NLFCS, the event showcased a harmonious blend of speeches, awards, cultural performances, and educational initiatives, all centered around Netaji’s enduring legacy. The occasion not only strengthened the historical ties between India and Malaysia but also underscored the ongoing efforts to preserve Netaji’s ideals and inspire the younger generation.
Source: Malaysia Netaji Welfare Foundation Facebook