In order to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of the great freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and as a part of the yearlong celebrations to mark the event, the government has decided to install a grand statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate in New Delhi. The statue, made of granite, shall be a fitting tribute to the immense contribution of Netaji in the country's freedom struggle, and would be a symbol of the country’s indebtedness to him. Till the work for the statue is completed, a hologram statue of Netaji will be present at the same place.
 
Ever since the announcement of the installation of Netaji's statue at India Gate, the discussion has once again started on social media among netizens whether the Jawaharlal Nehru or Subhash Chandra Bose was the first Prime Minister of the country?
 
If the words of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s grandnephew are to be believed, Netaji was India’s first prime minister as he hoisted the Indian flag in Andaman and Nicobar islands. He said that “The history of India’s independence has not been written properly and there has been distortions.” The history of freedom struggle should be rewritten to inform the countrymen about the real facts of the freedom struggle.
 
Netaji played an important role in the freedom struggle and went to jail several times. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose formed the first independent provisional government of India on 21 October 1943, which was named “Azad Hind Sarkar”.  Bose formed this government in Singapore during the Second World War.  Netaji called this government as the first 'Arji Hukumte-Azad Hind' of independent India. In 1944, while addressing the soldiers of the Azad Hind Fauj, Netaji gave the famous slogan, "You give me blood, I will give you freedom."
 
Later, Japan also handed over the Andaman and Nicobar islands to “Azad Hind Sarkar” headed by Netaji. He was the prime minister of the first provisional government of India. The country’s first independent government was recognized and supported by eight countries, including Germany, Japan, Italy, Crotia, Thailand, Burma, Manchuria, and Philippines.
 
Just before independence, Jawaharlal Nehru was elected the President of Congress with the support of Mahatma Gandhi.  At that time India was standing on the threshold of independence and as the head of the first interim government of independent India, the president of the Congress party was to be made the Prime Minister of the country.
 
Jawaharlal Nehru became the head of the first interim government formed after the country's independence on 15 August 1947. He had hoisted the tricolor on the Red Fort on 15 August 1947 as the first Prime Minister of sovereign India i.e. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of independent India.

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