Remembering Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose: Life, Sayings and Much More
Born on 23rd January 1897, in Orissa, Subhash Chandra Bose was an early recipient of an unusual anglocentric education. His teenage and young adult years were interspersed with brilliant academic success, oversized religious yearning and stark rebellion against authority. He took the Indian Civil Service examination upon the insistence of his father but he found nationalism to be a greater calling than civil service.
He returned to India in 1921 to join the Nationalist Movement by Mahatma Gandhi and The Indian National Congress. He initially worked in Bengal with C.R.Das. He then followed Jawaharlal Nehru to leadership in a group with Congress. Bose rose to become Congress President in 1938. In July 1940, Bose was arrested by the Bengal government over a small protest. In mid-1941, he left India and arrived in Nazi Germany. With support from Japan, he renamed the Indian National Army which was founded by Major Iwaichi Fujiwara and Captain Mohan Singh and contained Indian soldiers Of the British Indian Army.
During the later years, the Indian National Congress praised Bose's patriotism but distanced itself from his ideologies, especially his collaboration with fascism.
Bose believed that the Bhagavad Gita was a great source of inspiration for the struggle against the British. Swami Vivekananda's teachings on universalism, his nationalist thoughts and his emphasis on social service had inspired Bose from his younger days.
He quoted the words, "Give me blood and I will give you freedom"
Sources suggest that Bose left this mortal world when his plane crashed in Taiwan while many in Bengal believed that Bose was alive and would return to gain India's independence.
The Narendra Modi government has declared 23r January as Parakram Diwas to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
The team of The Pink Comrade remembers Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary. His grit and valour will be a source of inspiration for generations to come.