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Port Blair as seen here,is the capital of the Union Territory Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. It is a small but picturesque place spread over a number of hills from Haddo across Secretariat Hill to Aberdeen Bazaar and South point surrounded by clear blue ocean and comprising of a lot of greenery and hills all around. There are neat villages like Pahargaon, Shadipur and Garacharme.The territory have a natural heritage, with evergreen moist deciduous and swamp forests. Today, Port Blair have grown and tourism is being developed to entice more people to enjoy the clean beaches and unpolluted waters that are already attracting divers and snorkellers.

Looking back at history,World War II brought another series of changes in the life of the Andaman island. During the War, the Japanese occupied Andamans on March 21, 1942 and kept the region under their effective control till October 8,1945. Initially the Japanese behaved cordially towards the locals, but became harsh and suspicious after instances came to their notice of some locals maintaining contacts with the British. As a result a large number of innocent people were killed. One such place where the massacre occured is Humfreygunj.Netaji Subash Chandra Bose arrived in Port Blair on December 29, 1943 and was given a ceremonial welcome. He hoisted the National Flag at Port Blair on 30th Dec. 1943 for the first time during the British regime in India. On October 8, 1945, the Japanese surrendered to the South East Asia Command at Port Blair.

So,on this day of Suhbash Chandra Bose's 111th birthday anniversary,this picture is in remembrance of the great Nationalist hero of Indian struggle to Independence for whom India tasted independence for the first time.

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