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The lesson ‘I want to quit the ‘I.C.S.’ is predicated on a letter from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to Deshabandhu Chittaranjan Das, in which he asks for guidance on what he should do after leaving the Indian Civil Service, a government post. The letter chronicles Netaji Bose’s aspiration to be a member of and contribute to the Indian National Movement.
Letter to Deshabandhu Chittaranjan Das
Netaji wrote the letter from The Union, Society of Cambridge University, on February 16, 1921. Subhash Chandra Bose introduces himself to Deshabandu in the letter because he is unfamiliar with him. He describes himself as the son of Mr. Janakinath Bose, a Cuttack-based attorney. Mr. Sharat Chandra Bose, his brother, is a Calcutta High Court advocate.
He continues the letter by mentioning October 1919, the time when he landed in Cambridge. In August 1920, he stood fourth in the Civil Service Examination. Netaji added that in June, he will take the Tripos test in moral science and he will also graduate with a B.A. in the same month.
Bose remarks shortly after introducing himself that he has no desire to work for the Civil Services. After leaving the Civil Service, he is keen to work for the nation. He tells Mr. Chittaranjan Das that he will have enough of work, including teaching at Mr. Das’s National College, writing and publishing books and newspapers, organizing village communities, and educating the Indian populace.
Desire To Join The Indian National Movement
He asks Mr. Das to enlighten him of the duties to which he would be entrusted as part of the great national service program. He assures Mr. Das of his eagerness to serve the country as a young man. He appreciates the Civil Service test for providing him with a comprehensive education in Economics, Political Science, English, Law, Sanskrit, and Geography. He wants to leave the civil service after establishing solid plans for his future since he doesn’t want to spend his time on frivolous hobbies.
He is ready to begin working as soon as possible. He conveyed this message to Mr. Das through a trusted acquaintance to avoid censorship by the British administration, and he will continue to do so in the future. Subhas Bose also mentions that he had some thoughts about the Indian National Movement. He feels that a permanent meeting venue, preferably a house, is required, as well as a research group to investigate various national issues.
He suggested that the Department of Propaganda make these findings available to the public for free in every regional language. A book on each and every topic in rational life, as well as the regulations of the organization, should be released in addition to pamphlets. Mr. Das is not unfamiliar with such questions, writes Subhas at the end of his letter.
Finally, he expresses his belief that the movement still has a lot of work ahead of it. His ambition was to be able to help the movement in any way he could.
As a result, we can deduce from the letter that Netaji requested that his name be removed from the list of probationers in the Indian Civil Services so that he can serve the Indian National Movement.