Netaji’s hologram was unveiled at India Gate on his 125th birth anniversary. On 23rd of January 2022, PM Modi unveiled the 3D holographic statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, one of India’s bravest freedom fighters of all-time.
The 3D hologram statue was released on the evening of Netaji’s 23rd January, which will later be replaced by a 128 feet high granite statue.
The granite statue is going to be installed under the India Gate canopy. Earlier it hosted the statue of King George the fifth which was removed in the year 1968. This act of reclaiming history has been asserted as the “Long Awaited Correction of History”.
All About the Hologram
According to reports, the hologram is 28 feet tall and 6 feet wide and is powered by a 4K projector capable of delivering 30,000 lumens of brightness. Holograms are three-dimensional virtual images created by the interference of light beams to reflect real-world objects. PMO also mentioned that an invisible, high gain, 90 percent transparent holographic screen has been installed in such a way that visitors will not be able to see it.
India pays tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose pic.twitter.com/PrnEIQdlIu
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 23, 2022
The Amar Jawan Jyoti, or Eternal Flame had been merged with the one at the National War Memorial nearby and was removed from the site on January 21.
At a time when the entire nation is marking the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, I am glad to share that his grand statue, made of granite, will be installed at India Gate. This would be a symbol of India’s indebtedness to him. pic.twitter.com/dafCbxFclK
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 21, 2022
Who’s Making the Netaji Statue?
Renowned Odia Sculptor Adwaita Gadanayak, famous for creating the ‘Dandi March’ sculpture, will carve the 28-feet-high granite statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
He is presently the Director of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
The Odisha sculptor will be collaborating with granite artisans of Karnataka. A total of 25 to 30 sculptors would be selected by the Ministry of Culture for the work that will begin soon in New Delhi.
— ADWAITA GADANAYAK (@ADWAITAGADANAY2) January 23, 2022
“As Netaji was a very strong character, we thought of granite as a medium to sculpt his statue because it is an extremely hard stone. Besides, we associate the energy of black colour with deities like Goddess Mahakali and Lord Krishna. Hence, jet black granite was a perfect choice for Netaji’s statue and we are happy that the Prime Minister liked it,” Gadanayak commented.
Long Awaited Correction of History
Union external affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar appreciated the unveiling of a holographic statue of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it “is a long awaited correction of history”.
The presence of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at India Gate is a long awaited correction of history.
A leader who fought imperialism and compelled decolonization is being fittingly recognized. pic.twitter.com/1tIWajDFMp
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) January 23, 2022
Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda made a remark welcoming Modi’s decision to install a statue of Netaji. He said, “Netaji’s vision was militaristic, but we should take great pride that we embraced Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of peace and non-violence. That made a big difference to what we became as a nation.”
I welcome @PMOIndia decision to install the statue of #SubhasChandraBose at India Gate. To rename Ross Island after him in 2018 was a fine decision too. Many streams of thoughts and actions contributed to India’s freedom. Netaji’s vision was militaristic, but we should take 1/2 pic.twitter.com/5sdAnSulLT
— H D Devegowda (@H_D_Devegowda) January 24, 2022
Anita Bose, daughter of late Indian freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose welcomed the decision saying ‘better late than never’.