Birth Anniversary of The Freedom Fighter ‘Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, one of the prominent figures in Indian freedom struggle was born on January 23, 1897.
His childhood was very eventful. His school education took place in Cuttack. He was brilliant in studies. He passed his matriculation examination in 1913 with very high marks. He then took admission in Presidency College, Calcutta where he studied for a brief period.
He did his B.A in 1918 with philosophy as his main subject from Scottish Church College, Calcutta. During his college days, he used to read passionately the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and his great disciple Swami Vivekananda.
This had a definite bearing on this evolving thought process during that very turbulent time in Indian history.
In 1923, he was elected as the President of All India Youth Congress, the youth wing of Congress party. He was the editor of ‘Forward’- a newspaper started by Chittaranjan Das. In 1924 he served as CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) when Das was its mayor. Interestingly, Subhas also served as mayor of CMC in the year 1930.
Subhas Chandra Bose was elected President of Indian National Congress for two successive terms despite open opposition from the Gandhi camp. It is interesting to know that at the time when he was contesting for his second term in 1939, he was not well and hence brought to the convention center on a stretcher.
During the Second World War, he led the Indian National Army known as Azad Hind Fauj in forming alliances against the British.
His famous slogan that sparked patriotism in the hearts of people is ‘Tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe aazdi dunga’ during the fight for independence. These words, even today continue to inspire many.
His reported unfortunate death on 18th August, 1945 in a plane crash in Taiwan is still a mystery due to several reasons.
Undeniably, Netaji will continue to be remembered as an exceptional soldier and leader of Indian Freedom Struggle.>