Kendrapara, Jan 22 (LocalWire) The state government will popularise the Netaji museum located in the district headquarters town of Kendrapara to attract more tourists, a senior district official said on Wednesday.
The museum owned by Mohammad Mustaque, a 56-year-old lawyer, houses many rare photos, documents, coins and other materials on the life and works of the great freedom fighter.
District tourism officer Niroj Kumar Sahoo said the museum will be brought under the tourism map.
He said the tourism department is also planning to conduct trips for interested visitors to the museum.
Mustaque, the owner of the museum said he is a great fan of Netaji. He was motivated by his ideology so much that he had spent a lot of money from his pockets to collect rare photos, documents, newspaper clippings and other things and preserved them.
The historians have ignored Netaji’s association with a family in village Korei of Jajpur district where he carried out social works during his students days. Netaji had also treated cholera patients in the area, Mustaque said.
The three-room museum has the gazette notification of Bihar and Orissa of 1913 where it was mentioned that Bose passed entrance examination in 1913.
It has handwritten letter of Captain Dr Laxmi Sahgal of Indian National Army, the original copies of the magazine ‘Forward” published by Bose in 1925 to 1927, the special issue of INA “Basumati” a Bengali magazine and the only postal stamp issued by Indian National Army(INA) under the leadership of Netaji in 1942 after liberating Manipur.
Around 150 rare photographs, hundreds of old newspaper clipping and many postal stamps on Netaji are also displayed in his museum.
Among other items on display is an old photograph of Subash Chandra Bose with the family members of Ashok Banerjee a lawyer of Cuttack, two rare coins.
Ashok Banerjee sits on the lap of Subash Bose when he was only four years old in 1935, Mustaque said.
I am happy that the tourism department has decided to include the museum in the tourist map of the district ”, Mustaque said.