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.

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.

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.

“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”.

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.”

Anita Bose, daughter of late Indian freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose welcomed the decision saying ‘better late than never’.


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