Kolkata, Apr 14 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday remembered a very special incident from the days of the British rule which not only triggered the patriotic sentiments of people but also became a defining symbol of nationhood.
“On this historic day in 1944, the flag of the Indian National Army (INA) was hoisted at Moirang in Manipur by the Indian National Army,” Ms Banerjee tweeted.
“My best wishes to all my brothers and sisters on this momentous occasion. Jai Hind,” she added.
On April 14, 1944, the INA/Azad Hind Fauz flag was unfurled for the first time on a liberated Indian soil at Moirang on the banks of Loktak lake by Colonel Shaukat Hayat Malik, commander of Bahadur Group of the force, and designated the place as its headquarters.
Led by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the Indian National Army (INA) defeated the British, to establish the provisional independent government in Moirang, a sleepy little town about 45 km from Imphal, the capital of Manipur.
During World War II, Japanese troop commanders and their allies chalked out battle strategies against allied forces from this place. Manipur had witnessed pitched battles, resulting in killing and maiming of thousands of soldiers of both the forces.
Though Netaji could not reach Manipur because of strategic battle difficulties, he was reportedly camping in a south-east Asian country when the US bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (UNI)