NETAJI SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE
“I stand for truth; I fight for truth and I shall die for truth”, said Subhash in one of his memorable speeches. Subhash Chandra Bose was born at Cuttack in Orissa, in an upper middle class family. He was a born leader of men. His father was public prosecutor of Cuttack. Subhash had a distinguished educational career and always topped the list. He went to England to complete for the Indian Civil Service. But the glamour of Indian Civil Service did not hold his heart. He had a burning desire to serve Mother India. He resigned the I.C.S. within a year and became a soldier in the struggle for India’s freedom. He possessed all the sterling qualities of head and heart. He combined with him the patriot’s enthusiasm and inspiration and the adventurer’s love of daring. He was a man of unflinching determination. His self-discipline and spiritual inspiration were remarkable. Destiny had cut him out for great things. He never ran after fame, ease, comfort, money and family. He cheerfully renounced all as if to fulfill a mission for which he was born and destined.
In the beginning, he was an ardent follower of Gandhiji. With the speed of lighting, he rose from one position to another. In 1938, he became the President of the Indian National Congress for the second time. As President, he had some sharp differences with Gandhiji. The rift between the two widened.
The World War II had, by this time, reached a critical stage. The Allies were having a difficult time. Bose ran away from his home in Calcutta eluding the police. He travelled to Afghanistan in the guise of a Pathan. He managed to reach Germany and then Japan. He organized in Malaya his I.N. A. to fight India’s War of Independence from outside India. He said to his soldiers, “Give me blood and I will give you freedom”. His stirring call to his soldiers was “Delhi Chalo”. It was India’s first national army to host a tricolour on the liberated soil of Manipur and Kohima. With the fall of Japan, the INA became very weak. Subhash was reported dead on August 19, 1945.
Subhash was a born leader. He fought against the forces of evil with the straight-forwardness and boldness of a missionary. His gifts were God-given. Few men can equal him in the absolute purity of character, consistency of principle and grim determination to see things through.
He clung to the last, caring little of the consequences, for what he considered to right. He did not fear even death. “I am immortal till my work is done”, he used to say.