SUB: APPEAL TO RENAME THE ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS “SHAHEED” AND “SWARAJ” ISLANDS ON THE 30TH DECEMBER 2018.
The Jayasree Patrika Trust/Foundation notes with deep satisfaction and gratitude and wholeheartedly lauds your bold decision of unfurling the National Flag in the Red Fort on the 21st October to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Arzi Hukumat e Azad Hind of the Provisional Government of Free India in Exile by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the first Prime Minister of a free Indian Government in Exile.
The Jayasree Patrika was established by revolutionary and close associate of Netaji Leela Roy (Nag) in 1931 of Dhaka (b.1900 d.1970) by bringing out a monthly publication in Bengali which is continuing even to this day along with a bimonthly English Bulletin since 2014. She was also an elected member in the Constituent Assembly and resigned from that on protest to the issue of Partition of India. She had been in touch with Bhagwanji in UP till 1968.. The Jayasree continues to this day save interruptions in 1935 and 1942 during the Quit India movement. In 1975 during the Emergency it was under the spell of censor. The Jayasree Patrika remains the longest surviving mouthpiece of Netaji’s philosophy and legacy. The link of Smt Leela Roy and thereby Jayasree with Bhagwanji (Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose) has played a crucial historic role on what this nation should do to live by Netaji’s dream and philosophy.
We at Jayasree would most humbly like you to recall that the British imperialist colonisers of India used to utilise the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as a prison and exile for all Indian revolutionaries against the British rule since 1857 though the Cellular Jail prison came up only as late as 1896-1906. Prisoners were brought in hundreds and made to live there with no way of escape and under merciless repression. Unknown hundreds of them were executed, while the rest were made to work in chain gangs constructing prisons, buildings and harbor facilities, many of whom died from exhaustion and disease or were maimed and suffered insanity.
It was on the 30th December 1943 that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the Prime Minister of the Provisional Government of Free India in Exile,ArziHukumat-e-Azad Hind, raised the flag of undivided and independent India and renamed the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and “Swaraj” and “Shaheed” islands in a fitting tribute to the countless martyrs in the ongoing revolutionary struggle for India’s freedom. These names were abolished once the islands were back in British hands in October 1945 and regrettably the islands have been referred to by their colonial name of “Andaman and Nicobar Islands”, till date, seventy-one years after the British were actually compelled to leave India.
Shaheed and Swaraj islands played all important role in 1943 – because these were cited as the free land the Provisional Government of Azad Hind had in its occupation – without which contemporary international recognition by eleven nation-states would not have come by. The above fact lends the strongest rationale in reclaiming legacy of these islands as a lasting monument to the supreme sacrifice of innumerable freedom fighters in these islands and its apt naming by the Prime Minister of the Provisional Government of Free India in Exile Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on the 30th December 1943.
We from the Jayasree Patrika Trust/Foundation therefore ardently request you in the fitness of things to rename the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as “Shaheed and Swaraj Islands” on the 30th December 2018, which will both be a fitting tribute to the known and unknown martyrs who died chilling deaths or underwent untold suffering for the freedom that we are enjoying today, as well as take us another step ahead in decolonizing the Indian mind enabling us Indians believe in ourselves as a nation.
Thanking you in anticipation, Sir,
Bijoy Kumar Nag
(Registered at the PMO no PMOPG/E/2018/0516847 on 07.11.2018.