To commemorate the historical event of the proclamation of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on October 21, 1943, Netaji Subhas Kranti Manch, an organisation dedicated to the ideals of Netaji, is organising a visit to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

A 40-member delegation from India, nine of whom are from Karnataka, will visit these countries from October 19 to November 4. President of the manch V.P. Saini told presspersons here that the visit to Singapore was aimed at expressing gratitude to the people who supported Netaji during the crucial and decisive period of the Indian freedom struggle and also to pay tributes to Indian National Army soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country.

Vice-president of the manch G.V. Shivashankar said the Provisional Government of Azad Hindu was recognised by nine countries. “However, the significance of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind was not highlighted in Indian history,” he said and appealed to the Government of India to take initiative to protect the historically important places related to Netaji.

A series of programmes had been organised in Singapore, including a function at Cathay Hall at the INA War Memorial in Singapore, an essay-writing competition for schoolchildren, a seminar and public meetings, he said.