Thursday, 23 January 2014

Talk about India, from India with you

~ Netaji, The Forgotten Hero ~

Good morning/Good afternoon/Good evening my friends out there! This is 9:00am. 23st January, 2014, Thursday in India. How are you my friends? Today, 23rd January 23, is the birthday of a legend of India. He is the idol of millions of people, for his noble sacrifice and able leadership during freedom struggle of India. He is still an inspiration for Indians from generation to generation. Although his life remains an open book, today, I want to share with you, some unknown facts about Netaji which show his brilliance and rare courage. Have a look!

Netaji was born in the year 1897 as the 9th child of his parents at Cuttack in Odisha. He was exceptionally brilliant and secured top ranks throughout his study in the school and university. He was placed 4th in order of merit in the examination of Indian Civil service and qualified as an ICS Officer. He showed his depths in nine subjects, while appearing at the civil services, which proved his exceptional brilliance. After being successful in Indian Civil Services (ICS) examination, Netaji  refused to obey the prohibition to carry his umbrella while meeting the Governor General at his office in Kolkata. It was then a traditional dignity to carry the umbrella for every Bengali gentleman. When the Governor General objected to this, asking him to explain his behavior, he dared to put the umbrella around the neck of British Governor General and warn him to mind his behavior.

Netaji resigned from the rising career of civil service to join the freedom struggle. He worked under the leadership of Chittaranjan Das, an active member of Congress in Calcutta. It was Chittaranjan Das, who along with Motilal Nehru, left Congress and founded the Swaraj Party in 1922. Subhash would regard Chittaranjan Das as his political guru.

While Chittaranjan Das was busy in developing the national strategy, Subhash Chandra Bose played a major role in enlightening the students, youths and labors of Calcutta. He was eagerly waiting to see India, as an independent, federal and republic nation.During the period of 1921-1941, he was imprisoned eleven times in various jails in India.

In freedom struggle congress was large organization. Subhash Chandra Bose became a strong leader in Congress and he made brave attempt to mold the entire party differently. Congress party was always lenient and never in a position to oppose. Subhashbabu outrightedly opposed this behaviour. This opposition was against Gandhi‘s philosophy. Netaji appeared at the 1939 Congress meeting on a stretcher. He was reelected as president over Gandhi’s preferred candidate Pattabhi Sitaramayya.

In the year 1941, with a daring escape from house arrest in India, Netaji Subhas Bose went from Kolkata to Gomo by a car and from there traveled to Peshawar by train. From Peshawar (now in Pakistan), he went to Kabul and from there he traveled to Germany to seek help from Adlof Hitler.

During his stay in Berlin in the year 1943, Netaji had established the Free India Center and Azad Hind Radio station. In January 1943, the Japanese invited Bose to lead the Indian nationalist movement in East Asia. He accepted and left Germany on 8 February and later led INA. Netaji Subhas Bose traveled from Germany to Madagascar by a German Sub-marine named U-180 and from there a Japanese sub-marine called I-29 took him to Japan.  The voyage in two sub-marines covering such a long distance was extremely hazardous and it does not find any parallel in any freedom struggle.

Netaji’s death in a plane crash is still not proven by any evidence. There are many of evidences in favour of Netaji’s existence in Russia and India even after many years of India’s independence.

That’s all for today. Take care of your family and yourself! Have a good day/ afternoon/evening/night! Namaskar.

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