DIPR/STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 22nd Nov:
“I offer my humble tribute to the brave soldiers of the Indian National Army who made the supreme sacrifices to liberate Mother India under exemplary leadership of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. This monument reminds us of the valour of the INA and makes us commit ourselves to the service of the Nation.”
These are the words that Ram Nath Kovind, the 14th President of India, entered in the visitor’s book kept at Indian National Army (INA) Memorial Complex at Moirang, where he paid a visit to pay homage to the statue of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and other martyrs of INA on Wednesday.
The President was also accompanied by First Lady Savita Kovind and an entourage that included Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla, Chief Minister N Biren Singh, cabinet ministers, MLAs and officials of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
He also studied literatures and other items being preserved/maintained in the INA Museum located within the INA Memorial Complex.
The President was briefed by officials of the state Department of Art and Culture about the history of INA and the Battle of Imphal that took place during Second World War.
It may be mentioned that President Kovind is the second Indian President to visit the INA Memorial Complex at Moirang, where the Indian Tricolour flag was said to have been hoisted for the first time on the Indian soil on April 14, 1944. The Complex was last visited by President V.V. Giri, the 4th President of India, on October 21, 1972.
President Ram Nath Kovind, who arrived at Imphal on Tuesday for the inauguration of the Ist NEDS 2017 and Manipur Sangai Festival 2017, flew to Moirang in a helicopter and left for New Delhi after offering floral tributes to Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and other martyrs of INA in the afternoon.