Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday anointed the 21 largest unnamed islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands on the occurrence of Parakram Diwas. He has named the islands after Param Vir Chakra awardees in a ritual.
The Prime Minister also disclosed the model of the National Memorial dedicated to Netaji to be built on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, earlier known as Ross Islands. In the ceremony, Union Home Minister Amit Shah was also present at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The largest unnamed island was named after the first Param Vir Chakra awardee, Major Somnath Sharma, who lost his life in motion on November 3, 1947, while going after Pakistani infiltrators near Srinagar Airport. The second largest unnamed island will be named after the second Param Vir Chakra awardee ad and so on.