INA Memorial in Moirang lit up to commemorate the 'Declaration of Provisional Government of Free India' by Netaji
October 20, 2021
The Indian National Army Memorial and Museum at Moirang is a replica of the INA War Memorial originally built in Singapore and is famous for housing an imposing statue of Subhash Chandra Bose. The museum displays a fine collection of arms and ammunition, bayonets, helmets and other articles used by the soldiers of the Indian National Army. The museum also displays books, documents, manuscripts and periodicals that depict India's history and its freedom struggle.
The memorial holds immense historical significance as this was the place where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose hoisted the Indian tricolour as the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian National Army, for the first time during the Second World War. Thousands of soldiers of the Indian National Army along with the Japanese imperial army died in Manipur during the Battle of Imphal. They managed to free an area of 1,500 sq mile in the Manipur valley and administered the liberated areas for three months while being headquartered at Moirang. The memorial has been built in the memory of these gallant soldiers and makes for an interesting visit.