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Prime Minister Inaugurates Kartavya Path and Unveils the Statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at India Gate

Prime Minister Inaugurates Kartavya Path and Unveils the Statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at India Gate

September 12, 2022

“Aspirational India can make rapid progress only by giving impetus to social infrastructure, transport infrastructure, digital infrastructure, and cultural infrastructure as a whole”

-Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi

On 8th September 2022, Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘Kartavya Path’, a new name for the iconic Rajpath that symbolizes public ownership and empowerment. Several Union Ministers such as Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Shri G Kishan Reddy, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Smt. Meenakashi Lekhi and Shri Kaushal Kishore graced the event with their presence.

On this special occasion, the Prime Minister also unveiled the statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at India Gate, New Delhi. The crowd there witnessed a verve of patriotism along with a passion to grow into a nation that is self-reliant.

At the inaugural event, the Prime Minister said that a new history has been created in the form of the ‘Kartavya Path’ and later congratulated all the countrymen for their freedom from yet another identity of slavery, in the period of Amrit Kaal. He addressed the gathering with these inspiring words, reminding the people of the country to revive their passion for the nation and to fulfill their duties towards nation-building.

The revamping of the British landmark, Rajpath, has been carried out to establish a message of India’s journey of being an icon of power to carrying out public ownership. The Prime Minister also said that the statue of Subhash Chandra Bose stands as a symbol of a modern and strong India.

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was proud of India’s heritage but always aimed for the nation’s progress. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled his visit to Netaji’s residence on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary. The first leader of Akhand Bharat, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, liberated the Andaman Islands prior to 1947 and raised the Tricolor.

Recalling the ‘Panch Pran’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Today our paths are ours, our symbols are our own. Today when the Rajpath ceases to exist and has become a Kartavya Path. Today when the statue of Netaji has replaced the mark of the statue of George V, then this is not the first example of the abandonment of slavery mentality. This is neither the beginning nor the end. It is a continuous journey of determination till the goal of freedom of mind and spirit is achieved.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also emphasized that Kartavya Path is not merely a road of bricks and stones but is a living example of India’s democratic past and ideals. He also added that when citizens from different parts of the country will visit this place, then the statue of Netaji and the National War Memorial will prove to be a source of great inspiration.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his gratitude towards the Shramiks and laborers who contributed to the redevelopment of Kartavya Path and helped in fulfilling the dream of the nation’s glory. He invited all the Shramjeevis along with their families as special guests to the next Republic Day parade. He also gave the mantra of ‘Shramev Jayate’ to the nation.

While concluding his address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited everyone to see the newly constructed Kartavya Path and urged the citizens to take pictures and upload them with hashtag #KartavyaPath. He also said that an exclusive live show based upon the life of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose will take place from 9th to 11th September 2022. Click here to read more.