Veterans Of Netaji Bose's INA Makes Debut At Republic Day Parade

Veterans Of Netaji Bose

Veterans Of Netaji Bose's INA Makes Debut At Republic Day Parade 

New Delhi: Aged is just a number! In the 70th Republic Day, four veteran of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's  Indian National Army, all aged over 90 years participated. Aged between 97 and 100, all former soldiers are residents of nearby areas of Delhi.

The former soldiers were seated in an open jeep, which was preceded and succeeded by various contingents of the armed forces.

Bhagmal, the oldest soldier is 100 years old. He had joined the INA and fought it in 1942. The oldest veteran now lives in Manesar, Haryana. Lalti Ram, 98, from Panchkula, Hira Singh, 97 are the other three members.

When questioned why only four soldiers of INA are taking part in the parade, the Major General Rajpal Poonia, Parade Deputy Commander had said that it was difficult to find members of the INA who are still alive.

In 1942, the INA was founded by nationalist Rash Behari Bose. It was formed to fight against the British rule for an independent India. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had later taken charge of the army and drew Prisoners of War to fight against British forces in various parts of the country.

People associated with INA during the war, had later gone to hold important roles in public life in India as well as in other countries in Southeast Asia, most notably Lakshmi Sehgal in India, and John Thivy and Janaki Athinahappan in Malaya.

(with inputs from agencies)