Govt`s no to declaring Netaji birthday as `Desh Prem Divas`
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Last Updated: Monday, April 05, 2010, 21:33
New Delhi: The government has rejected a request made by an MP to declare the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose as the 'Day of Patriotism', saying that the idea did not appear "appropriate".

V Narayanasamy, Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs, who holds the ad-hoc charge of the Ministry of Culture, has said the suggestion by MP Barun Mukherjee was considered by the Ministry.

"If at all a day is to be declared as Desh Prem Divas, it does not appear to be appropriate to be so declared on the birth anniversary of any particular personality," he said in his response to Mukherjee, a copy of which was released to the media.

He pointed out that even the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi has not been declared as any special day relating to the freedom movement of India.

"Many eminent personalities took part in the freedom struggle of India and the immense contribution made by them cannot be judged relatively," he said, adding it was not possible to agree to the request at this stage.

Mukherjee, an MP from West Bengal, had raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha in 2008, and requested the government of India to declare January 23 as 'Desh Prem Divas' or 'Day of Patriotism' to inspire the young generation of India.


First Published: Monday, April 05, 2010, 21:33

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