Remembering a never dying hero on his 125th birth anniversary; Netaji Subhash Chandra Bosh

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“Give me blood and I will give you freedom.” It was Subhash Chandra Bose who said these words. The slogan ‘ Jai Hind’ which is on the lips of every Indian is also the contribution  of our beloved leader. Subhash Chandra Bose. Such was his popularity amongst the common man that he was called ‘Netaji’.

Subhas Chandra Bose’s 125th birth anniversary is being observed throughout the country today. The day is celebrated to celebrate his unmatched love and patriotism for the country. Also famous as Netaji, Subhas Chandra Bose was a revolutionary freedom fighter who refused to bow down to the British army and rose to icredible powers and fame during those days.

Subhas Chandra Bose was born on 23rd January 1897, in Cuttack, Orissa Division, Bengal Province, to Prabhavati Dutt Bose and Janakinath Bose.

After his early schooling, he joined Ravenshaw Collegiate School. From there he went to join Presidency College, Calcutta and was expelled due to his nationalist activities. Later, he went to University of Cambridge, U.K.

In 1919, Bose headed to London to give the Indian Civil Services (ICS) examination and he was selected. Bose, however, resigned from Civil Services as he believed he could not side with the British.

He was highly influenced by Vivekananda’s teachings and considered him as his spiritual Guru. His political mentor was Chittaranjan Das.

He also led an Indian national force from abroad against the Western powers during World War II. He was a contemporary of Mohandas K. Gandhi, at times an ally and at other times an adversary. Bose was known in particular for his militant approach to independence and for his push for socialist policies.

Meanwhile, Bose became increasingly critical of Gandhi’s more conservative economics as well as his less confrontational approach toward independence. He was the hero of Trade union movements and Civil disobedience movement.

Just a few years before India became independent, Bose vanished. Japanese Domei news agency said Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose died on August 18 in a plane crash at the Japanese-controlled Matsuyama military airport in Taihoku (now Taiwan). The incident left many Indians in a state of shock and disbelief. It’s also believed that Nehru was behind his death.

There were also claims that Netaji took sanyas and he resided in UP by the name of Gumnami Baba. Many believe that he died in Faizabad in 1985. Gumnami Baba looked a lot like Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. People even founded a pair of binoculars, a corona typewriter, Netaji’s watch, five teeth, and a silver round trimmed spectacles from the room of Gumnami Baba.

Gumnami Baba file image : Google

Even after 75 years, the controversy surrounding the death of Bose refuses to die down. 

The nation is celebrating a true hero, father of independence, a warrior’s birth anniversary today, who is lost but never forgotten.

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