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“A tribute to Netaji” is about our great freedom fighter, Subhash Chandra Bose, who inspired Indians to sacrifice their lives for their nation. Hindu, Muslims and Sikhs all adored Subhash and called him ‘Netaji’. Subhash was born at Cuttak, Odisha on January 23, 1897. His father Janakinath Bose was a famous lawyer.
Bose was a brilliant student. Some of his ancestors like Mahipati Bose and Gopalnath Bose held the offices of minister and naval commander under the Muslim CPC Honest Success series rulers of Bengal. Subhash had a special regard for his Muslim countrymen and he said they are not different from us in any way, except that they go to pray in a mosque. He was brought up in touch with English people, English education and English culture.
Once he organised a student strike to demonstrate against on English professor who had insultingly pushed away an Indian student. For this, Bose was expelled from the college and was sent to join the Scottish Church College in Calcutta where he secured a first class in the B.A examination.
He even secured fourth rank in the Indian Civil Service examination but his conscience did not allow him to serve the alien rulers even as a high executive. So, he resigned from the ICS and returned to India.
In his presidential address, he talked not only of freedom but also of reconstructions need of planning by setting up of planning commission and of gradual socialization of the entire agriculture and industrial system. Subhash went to south-east Asia and organised the I.N.A to fight against the Britishers.
Martyrs Never Die
Netaji boarded a Japanese aircraft for Tokyo on August 18, 1945. According to the Japanese sources, the plane caught fire while taking off and Netaji was badly burnt. He was rushed to the hospital where he died the same night. Bose was a doer as well as a thinker,and a fighter who never submitted to defeat. His proud and spirit mocked at ill-health and ill- fortune. People refused to believe that Netaji was dead.Perhaps they are right because martyrs never die.