On November 18, 2023, following his official tour of Indonesia, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh made a poignant stop in Singapore on his way back home. During this brief visit, he paid homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose by laying a wreath at the Indian National Army (INA) marker, a site with historical significance associated with the freedom fighter.
Tribute to Netaji and the “Unknown Warrior” Monument:
Rajnath Singh’s visit included a solemn moment at the INA marker, where he commemorated Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the proposed “Unknown Warrior” monument. Netaji had initiated the construction of this monument, laying its foundation stone in July 1945. In 1995, the National Heritage Board of Singapore erected the INA marker at the same location, preserving the memory of the visionary leader and the historical context.
Spiritual Resonance at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple:
During his visit, the Raksha Mantri also immersed himself in spiritual serenity at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Established in 1855, it stands as one of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temples. Rajnath Singh’s prayers at this sacred site underline the cultural and religious ties that bind India and Singapore, transcending time and borders.
Exploration of Indian Heritage at Little India:
Continuing his cultural journey, Rajnath Singh explored the Indian Heritage Centre located in Little India, Singapore. Established in 2015 under the National Heritage Board, this center serves as a repository of the rich history and journey of Singaporean Indians. It houses five permanent galleries, offering visitors a comprehensive insight into the diverse and vibrant tapestry of the Indian diaspora in Singapore.