Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose (Photo Credit: File Photo)
One freedom fighter and leader whose journey every young Indian should know by heart is Subhas Chandra Bose popularly known as ‘Netaji’. As the country celebrates his 123rd birth anniversary today on January 23rd, here are some of the most inspirational quotes from one of the greatest leaders our country has ever seen:
Netaji’s freedom movement was not just exemplary but also a subject for debate in many aspects.
Netaji was highly patriotic since childhood, he was the 9th child of his parents. An exceptionally brilliant student Netaji was placed 4th in order of merit in the examination of Indian Civil Service. He had resigned from the coveted civil service career to join the freedom struggle. Netaji was imprisoned 11 times in various jails in India during the freedom struggle.
With the passage of time during the freedom struggle, he became critical of Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent approach in attaining independence for India. In 1943, in Japanese occupied Southeast Asia he formed an army of about 40,000 troops.
On October 21, 1943 he announced the formation of the Indian National Army and along with Japanese troops proceeded to Rangoon, reaching Indian soil on March 18, 1944. However, his army was defeated, and a few days after Japan’s defeat in WW2, while trying to leave SouthEast Asia, Bose died in a hospital in Taiwan due to burn injuries from a plane crash.
On September 1, 2016, the Narendra Modi government declassified investigative reports of the Japanese government which concluded that Bose died in a plane crash in Taiwan. Many, however, continue to believe that Netaji survived the plane crash and lived in hiding.