Family members of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose have appealed to Prime Minister Modi that Bose’s image must also be used in new notes.
They say it has been a long standing request which went unnoticed during and the previous Congress regime.
“The demand to have Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s photograph on the currency notes has been raised by the people of India for many years. For whatever reason the Congress government did not accept the demand of the people of our nation,” said Netaji’s grand nephew Chandra Kumar Bose to India Today.
“Now that the new notes are being printed, I think in order to honour Netaji the NDA government must accept the demand of the people and have Netaji’s picture put on the new currency notes,” he added.
The new 2000 and 500 rupee notes have the same Mahatma Gandhi image on both of them apart from modifications in the overall design from the old ones.
Chandra Bose, who joined the BJP earlier this year before the West Bengal assembly elections said, “Since Independence, Mahatma Gandhi’s picture has been there on all notes but Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who was the liberator of India has not received his due honour till date,” adding that the NDA government has been trying to make amends to that histoical legacy.
“Modi Ji is trying to find out the truth about Subhash Bose by declassifying the files ever since he came to power. So in the same spirit I urge Modi Ji to immediately accept the people’s demand and put Subhash Bose’s picture on the new currency notes which will be released later,” he added.
Not just members of the Bose family, even public groups like the Open Platform for Netaji & Mission Netaji that have been vociferously campaigning for declassification of all secret files on Bose have lent their suppoort to the family’s demand.