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Propagating Netaji’s presence during WW-II
Correspondent CHESEZU (PHEK), NOV 17(NPN):
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Published on 18 Nov. 2010 12:06 AM IST
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With whatever little information available, the state tourism department is going ahead to propagate to the world that Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was in Chesezu during his last journey during WW-II.
“Telling is not enough and this is only the beginning,” said parliamentary secretary for tourism, law and justice, Yitachu while addressing a public reception during his visit to ‘Netaji’s Peak’ at Chesezu here today.
Yitachu who was accompanied by local MLA and parliamentary secretary for social welfare, child & women development, Chotisuh Sazo and hosts of other government officials visited the area to oversee the ongoing various development works including construction of rest house and the proposed site for setting up of new Polytechnic institution at Chesezu here Wednesday.
“The story you have cherished are dependable and correct information” that Netaji was here during the WW-II, Yitachu said. Stressing the need for the people of Chesezu to preserve the area and its surroundings, he said there was history and people should preserve Netaji’s Peak.
Yitachu also lauded the villagers for their enthusiasm and initiatives shown so far but at the same time reminded that every development required land and asked the villagers to come forward and give land. If you give land, government can provide funds for development, he said and revealed that the tourism department was planning to construct a helipad and also bigger rest house in the village.
He said Netaji’s Peak in the village could become the biggest tourist spot in the state if properly developed. He told the people to be prepared both mentally, facility wise and in all ways to receive tourists and visitors in the days to come.
Parliamentary secretary for social welfare, child and women development, Chotisuh Sazo who also addressed the gathering attributed the various developmental activities in 18 Chozuba A/C to the tourism department.
He reminded the villagers that Netaji’s last camp was initiated and mastermind by Er. Vekho Swuro.
Supplementing to Yitachu’s statement that development could not progress without land, he said that there should not be any land dispute or encroachment by any group or individual. He said employment generation was not only from the government sector, but that it also came from hard work and honest initiatives.
Former MLA, Nuzota Swuro in his introductory speech claimed that the people of Chesezu village stood as the living witness to the brief visit of Subash Chandra Bose, the commander of Indian National Army during the 1944 April-May. In order to strengthen this historical record and to help develop the heritage, the Chesezu village council had formed a committee on Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and the committee was undertaking research, he said.
The Japanese and INA forces had established its headquarter at the strategic Chesezu village and stayed there for almost a year during the Kohima theatre of WW-II where they were defeated by the allied force.
Living witnesses from the Chesezu village who claimed to have seen Netaji said that he was wearing a badge with the symbol of Tiger on his right chest and addressed the public in fluent Hindi. Further, the villagers also claimed that sometime in early 1950s, about 20 posters of Netaji was found pasted in public places in the village.
Meanwhile, the villagers of Chesezu refuted the news item that appeared in a section of local media on November 7 last where it was reported that there existed a park at the Netaji’s Peak. It was also clarified that existing shed at the site was constructed by the Arts and Culture department and not as reported.

 
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