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“A fitting tribute to the warriors” PM names 21 Andaman & Nicobar Islands after 21 Indian Heroes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi renamed 21 islands of Andaman & Nicobar after Param Vir Chakra awardees.

21 islands of Andaman & Nicobar

Twenty-one large nameless islands of Andaman and Nicobar were named after Param Vir Chakra awardees in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Parakram Diwas. He also revealed the model of the National Memorial dedicated to Netaji to be built on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, earlier known as Ross Islands.


These islands have been named after the 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees. Major Somnath Sharma; Subedar and Hony Captain (then Lance Naik) Karam Singh, MM; 2nd Lt. Rama Raghoba Rane; Nayak Jadunath Singh; Company Havildar Major Piru Singh; Capt GS Salaria; Lieutenant Colonel (then Major) Dhan Singh Thapa; Subedar Joginder Singh; Major Shaitan Singh; CQMH. Abdul Hamid; Lt Col Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore; Lance Naik Albert Ekka; Major Hoshiar Singh; 2nd Lt. Arun Khetrapal; Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon; Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran; Naib Subedar Bana Singh; Captain Vikram Batra; Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey; Subedar Major (then Rifleman) Sanjay Kumar; and Subedar Major Retd (Hony Captain) Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav,” PMO further stated.

PM Modi’s statement 

The Government had announced January 23 as Parakram Diwas in 2021 to celebrate the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

“Today, the 21st century is seeing how Netaji Subhash, who was tried to be forgotten after independence, the country is remembering the same Netaji every moment,” PM Modi said.


“For decades, there was a demand to declassify the files related to Netaji. The country also did this work with full devotion,” he added.

The memorial will have a museum, a cable car ropeway, a laser-and-sound show, a guided heritage trail through historical buildings, and a theme-based children’s amusement park, besides a retro lounge.

Union home minister Amit Shah was also present at the ceremony in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Speaking at the event, Shah said PM Modi’s initiative to name islands after Param Vir Chakra awardees will ensure they are remembered forever.