Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
On this day, in the year 1897, a dynamic nationalist with defiant patriotism was born in the city of Cuttack, in Odisha. He was one of the main leaders of Indian struggle for freedom. Through all the years of his life, he tried and fought for freedom in one way or the other. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. He was the one who stood for unqualified swaraj including the use of force against the mighty British, an ideology which was opposed by Mahatma Gandhi. And this opposition led to a split in the Indian National Congress. He didn’t fear the British, nor did he want his men to be afraid of them. He incited the feeling of courage in everyone and led multiple moments aimed at throwing the British out. In 1939, he formed the All India Forward Bloc, aimed at consolidating the political left. In 1943, Netaji revived the idea of independence army named, the Indian National Army, also known as the Azad Hind Fauj. The INA comprised of Indian soldiers who earlier served in the British army, the Indian civilians who wanted to do something for their nation and the prisoners of war under the British. He brought them all together from various parts and made them believe that they can fight for the freedom of their nation. Netaji fought for his nation and gave everything he could to the people of his nation. He was the first person to address Mahatma Gandhi as “Father of the Nation” when he did so in a speech broadcast by Azad Hind Radio from Singapore in 1944. He is believed to have died of third degree burns on the 18th of August, 1945 when his overloaded plane crashed in Taiwan. Though many people believe that he didn’t die on that day and happened to live for quite a long time after the crash, he was not seen by anyone after that. It was in 2006 report that Justice Mukherjee concluded that though Netaji is definitely dead now, he surely did not die in the plane crash and the ashes kept in the temple are not his. I don’t know what the truth is. I don’t know if he died in 1945 or any time after that. I don’t know if he was in that plane that crashed or not. But what I know is, we really haven’t played our part quite well. We didn’t manage honor and respect the legend who died for us. The man who left his family behind just for his nation, for the people of his nation, for generations to come like ours, didn’t get anything in return. He surely didn’t do it expecting something, but wasn’t it our duty to pay back in some way or the other to the man who gave us so much? Have all of us forgotten what he did for us? Have we forgotten his struggle and the courage he showed in bringing people together from various parts and forming the INA? Have we forgotten the man who played the most important part in the Indian Struggle for Freedom? If it were not for the likes of him, we would still have been slaves of the British. If all we had were people like Nehru Ji and Gandhi Ji, we would never have managed to earn this freedom and the struggle would have continued forever. Personally, I don’t think if we have done enough for someone like Subhash Chandra Bose, also known as Netaji.