Thousands pay tributes to Netaji in Orissa

January 23rd, 2009 - 2:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Jan 23 (IANS) Thousands of people in Orissa paid tributes to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, one of the most influential leaders of India’s freedom movement, on his 112th birth anniversary Friday.Statues of Netaji were garlanded across the state. A large number of people also visited Janakinath Bhavan in Cuttack, where he was born in 1987. The house has now been turned into a museum.

“Thousands of people, including a large number schoolchildren, visited the museum,” Jyoti Prakash Das, manager of the museum, told IANS.

The 150-year-old two-storeyed yellowish building at Oriya Bazar in Cuttack, about 26 km from here, was named after Netaji’s father Janakinath Bose. It houses an 18-room gallery.

“For the first time, this year we have displayed dozens of rare letters that Netaji wrote to his parents from different places like Vienna, Geneva, Shillong, Rangoon Jail, Mandalay Jail and Presidency Jail,” Das said.

“We have displayed some rare furniture and photographs of the Bose family in original frames,” he added.

“We also opened a new gallery this year on his prison life. The gallery has been designed as a jail cell of the pre-independence period. We have also displayed the iron cot used by him. It is embossed with the name of Johnson Company and its insignia of a rifle,” Das said.

Netaji is believed to have died in an air crash in August 1945.

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