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Bengal tigers are undoubtedly fast and furious as one of the greatest Indian nationalists - Subhash Chandra Bose.
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A leader is he who adjoints the scattered ideas and motivates a mediocritised community which if awaken has the power to trample the misfortune.

In school, you might have learnt about freedom fighters. They are considered to be the heroes who struggled in real and changed the fate of India. The question remains - who is actually to be called a freedom fighter? To answer this question you need to know about this person -

Subhash Chandra Bose

          Bengal tigers are undoubtedly fast and furious as one of the greatest Indian nationalists - Subhash Chandra Bose. Born to a wealthy and privileged family on January 23d in 1897; in the Bengal province of British India; Subhash chandra bose had a vision of modern India years before India's independence. His parents Janakinath Bose and Prabhavati Bose enabled him to become a prominent personality. 

Civil Service Examination

In his youth at the age of 23 Bose attempted for civil services examination. He was top-notch in academics. Later, being insisted by his father he marched towards becoming a valorous nationalist.

Indian National Congress

In 1921 Bose joined the Indian National Congress  ( INC ). He didn't walk parallel to Mahatma Gandhi's line of thinking of non-violence. 

In 1939 he developed a separate political party of left-wing ideology with the name 'All India Forward Bloc'. His motive resonates well with a slogan given by him – "Tum mujhe khoon do mai tumhe azadi dunga" (Give me blood and I will give you freedom).

Free India Centre

Escaping in a disguise from house arrest in India - In 1941 Bose convened around 3000 Indian soldiers who were called POWs (Prisoners of war) in Berlin. Hitler supported India's Independence movement and formed the 'Free India Centre' there in Berlin. The chief personalities in Germany referred to Subhash Chandra Bose as 'Netaji'. This is how he got the title 'Netaji' – widely used by Indians to refer to that great personality. 

He married Emilie Schenk in Germany who later gave birth to a baby girl. 

Azad Hind Fauz

In February 1943 Bose embarked on a German submarine (named as U - 180) with his crew members. He sailed west, off Madagascar reaching the japan occupied Sumatra. Sumatra is one of the three big islands of present Indonesia. 

Being aided by imperial Japan, Netaji formed the Indian National army in Southeast Asia.

Netaji was now ready with his Azad Hind Fauz. The plan was to enter the Indian subcontinent through the Malayan peninsula and perform a direct revolt.

Subhash's Death

In 1945, the year of the cessation of world war - 2 it was divulged that Netaji died in a plane crash in Taiwan. Netaji's death still resides as a mystery.

Famous Quotes Of Netaji

SC Bose in his 'Total Mobilization' programme speech referred to all men, and women gathered from east Asia – China, Japan, Indo-China, Philippines, Java, Borneo, Celebes, Sumatra, Malaya, Thailand and Burma who were to be sent to the fighting fronts, he said these words–

Men, money, and materials cannot by themselves bring victory or freedom. We must have the motive-power that will inspire us to do brave deeds and heroic exploits.

The great speeches of modern India by Rudrangshu Mukherjee

In his powerful speeches during Total Mobilization programmes with his Azad Hind Fauz Netaji rendered these messages to the soldiers. It worked as fuel to the fire.

 Freedom is not given, it is taken.

True soldier needs both military and spiritual training.

Never lose your faith in the destiny of India. There is no power on earth which can keep India in Bondage. India will be free and that too soon.

We cannot sit still because we cannot, or do not, know the Absolute Truth.

One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.

No real change in history has ever been achieved by discussions.

Addressing as the General Secretary of Congress at Maharashtra Provincial Conference on May, 1928 Netaji said –

"Nationalism is inspired by the Highest ideals of the human race, Satyam the truth], Shivam [the God],Sundaram [the beautiful]."

Historians have brushed aside a prominent chapter in Netaji's life "Hindutva and Cultural Nationalism". Vedanta and Bhagvadgeeta had been the sources of inspiration for Netaji in the battle against the British. 

When Bose was studying at Presidency College every weekend he along with his friends used to visit pilgrimages and meet saints in order to acknowledge the truths of Human society. And he returned a wiser man back home. In this context in his unfinished autobiography, "An Indian Pilgrim" SC Bose wrote –

In life there are certain things which we have to learn for ourselves.

Bose during his life in Presidency College had visited some of the well-known pilgrimages – Lachman-Jhola, Hrishikesh, Hardwar, Muttra, Vrindavan, Benares and Gaya. 

When SC Bose was in Benares he wrote these words –

Not even the soul can make the body defy the laws of health with impunity.

His search for a guru priced him a typhoid disease after which he was enlightened with this thought.

Bose was in his college and while most of his peers were influenced by terrorist revolutionaries, Bose was never drawn towards them. Not because he believed in non-violence like Mahatma Gandhi. But, because he and his group were far from clear with their political ideas. According to him –

The ultimate salvation of our people would come through the process of national reconstruction.

Books on SC Bose

  • The  Struggle 1920 - 1942  - SC BOSE
  • Subhash Chandra Bose - The Springing Tiger - Huge Toye
  • An Indian Pilgrim- An unfinished autobiography
  • Bose: The Indian Samurai - GD Bakshi
  • India's Biggest Cover-Up - Anuj Dhar
  • Conundrum: Subhash Bose's Life After Death - Chandrachur Ghose and Anuj Dhar

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