Today 23 January is Subhas Chandra Bose’s 125th birth anniversary. On this day let us talk about him and the things he did for India.
Subhas Chandra Bose was born on 23 January 1897 was an Indian nationalist whose courageous patriotism made him a hero in India, but whose venture during World War II to rid India of British rule with the help of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan left a troubled legacy. The honorific Netaji or as the Indians say “Respected Leader”, first applied in early 1942 to Bose in Germany by the Indian soldiers of the Indische Legion and by the German and Indian officials in the Special Bureau for India in Berlin, was later used throughout India.
Popularly known as ‘Netaji’, Subhas Chandra Bose is one of the many freedom fighters who laid their lives for the nation. This year, the central government has decided to identify Bose’s birth anniversary as ‘Parakram Diwas’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join in in the first Parakram Diwas event in Kolkata and inaugurate an event on the grounds of the National Library to mark the occasion. For now, let us peek into his past journey.
‘Netaji’ was born on January 23, 1897, in Cuttack in Odisha. He completed his studies from Kolkata and proved his courage by becoming an Indian Civil Services (ICS) officer. But he left the comfort and luxuries that came with his job and decided to be part of the freedom struggle. With the slogan “Give me blood and I will give you freedom”, he awakened the country towards fighting against the British.
Netaji built a force known as the Azad Hind Fauj is also known as Indian National Army giving the slogan of “Dilli Chalo”. Thousands of soldiers of his 60,000-strong army sacrificed their lives for the country.
In the agreement of scholarly opinion, Subhas Chandra Bose’s death occurred because of third-degree burns on 18 August 1945 after his overloaded Japanese plane crashed in Formosa which now is known as Taiwan. Nonetheless, many among his supporters, especially in Bengal, denied at the time, and have refused since, to believe either the fact of the situations of his death. Collusive theories appeared within hours of his death and have thereafter had a long shelf life, keeping alive various martial myths about Bose.
At the time of India’s Independence, Clement Attlee the British Prime Minister said that the allegiance of the Indian army and navy to the British state was decreasing due to the enhancing military activities of Bose’s Azad Hind Fauj and this was one of the major reasons that nudged Britishers into leaving India.
One amazing with a strong goal changed much life at his time. We salute to his bravery and wish him a happy birthday