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
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.