The main edifice of the ruins of this church at Ross island, Andamans is fairly intact although everything else is gone. One look at it and you can make out that this must have been a beautiful church which served the British settlement on this island. The island belongs to the Port Blair Islands and lies in the entrance of Port Blair. With its stained glass and other paraphernalia, this structure would be very charming and inviting. ( Ross island, Andamans, 2008 ) Ruins of church at Ross island, Andamans History Ross island was named after marine surveyor, Daniel Ross. It remained the Administrative Headquarters for the islands for 85 years before an earthquake rocked it in 1941. The remains of an opulent past can be seen in the ruins of the church, bazaar, bakery, stores, water treatment plant, tennis court, printing press, secretariat, hospital, cemetery, swimming pool, Chief Commissioner’s residence, Troop Barracks and other structures. Mostly in dilapidated condition, these are reminiscent of the old British regime. In December 2018, it was renamed as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose dweep as a tribute to Subhas Chandra Bose, the legendary freedom fighter and founder of INA (Indian National Army). 1941 Earthquake Ross Island experienced an earthquake about nine months prior to the Japanese take-over of the entire set of islands. This led to many people to abandon the island. Except for a brief period when the Japanese occupied, the exodus from Ross Island continued in the aftermath of the earthquake. Subsequently, the headquarters were shifted to Port Blair. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Azad Hind government From 1942 to 1945 during the period of second world war, the island was occupied by the Japanese. The Government House became the residence of the Japanese admiral for three years. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, who took the help of Japanese in his fight against the British, stayed at the Island for a day on 30th December 1943. Netaji declared the formation of Azad Hind government and hoisted the national tricolour at the top of the Government House. The Japanese too left their imprint on the island which can be seen in the form of bunkers used as watch points to safeguard the island from any invasion from the Bay of Bengal. Recapture In 1945, the allies reoccupied the island in Bay of Bengal and later abandoned it. Other blog posts related to Andamans
Milind Vishwas Sathe
Milind Vishwas Sathe is the founder of Art India Foundation, a non profit organisation, which runs "Khula Aasmaan" as its flagship project. Khula Aasmaan is a platform for creative expression by children. Khula Aasmaan is free.
Milind also runs Indiaart Gallery, the art portal www.indiaart.com and New Media Ventures which is a consulting firm in the area of digital strategy. He is an avid photographer and a blogger. His active interests include travel, photography, cycling, history, media and social transformation projects.
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