Mamata writes to PM Modi on exclusion of Bengal’s Netaji-centred tableau from R-Day parade


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asking him to reconsider the Centre’s decision to “abruptly exclude” the state’s proposed tableau from the Republic Day Parade. She said the people of West Bengal were “deeply pained” by the exclusion, which amounted to “belittling and undermining” Bengali freedom fighters.

West Bengal’s proposed tableau this year commemorated the contributions of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary and carried portraits of “some of the most illustrious sons and daughters of this country Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Rabindranath Tagore, Birsa Munda, and many patriots”, Mamata Banerjee said.

“I have been profoundly shocked and hurt by the decision of the Government of India to abruptly exclude the proposed tableau It is even more baffling that the tableau was rejected without assigning any reasons,” she wrote in her letter.

In 2020 as well, the tableau pitched by the West Bengal government had been rejected by the Centre.


Sources in the West Bengal government told the media that the tableau had been passed until the design stage but no information was given for the model creation stage.

“A total of five meetings happened between the West Bengal government team and the central government’s department which looks after the Republic Day Parade. After that, we were not called for further meetings or approvals,” said the official.

On the matter, BJP leader Dilip Ghosh said, “TMC government purposely makes such tableaus which get rejected so they can do politics over it.”


On Sunday, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose said he had been informed by the Centre that a tableau on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose would be part of the Republic Day Parade in Delhi.

“I have been told that a tableau on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Indian National Army will be present in the parade in Delhi. I had written a letter to PM Modi and this was one of my requests. As it was the central government officials who informed me, I think the tableau will be taken out by the central government,” he said.

“There are a million things over which the two governments can fight, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose should not be one of them,” he added.

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