Subhash Chandra Bose, also known as Netaji, was one of the greatest sons and patriots of India. He was born in Calcutta on 23 January, 1897. His father, Jankinath Pjjoie, was a well- known lawyer. The name of his mother “‘was Srimati Prabhavati. His parents had great influence on the boy Subhash.

This pride and glory of India, called Subhash Chandra Bose, was a very intelligent and brilliant student. He came out a topper in his intermediate examination. He passed his B.A. in 1919 from Calcutta Presidency College. He went to England for higher studies and passed the I.C.S. Examination. I.C.S. was equivalent to the present l.A.S. examination. But he did not accept any government position. He returned to India and joined the freedom movement.

He was influenced by Gandhiji but deferred with him on the question of the method of attaining freedom He believed that the use of army and force were necessary to throw out the British. He was a great revolutionary. The Britishers were of afraid of him and confined him to his own house. But he escaped from there disguised as a pathan and formed the Indian National Army or Azad Hind Fauz, with the help of Japan, to fight the British. He said to the people of India, “Give me blood and I will give you freedom.” He gave India the famous slogan “Jai Hind.’

He was a great patriot and freedom fighter. He was very proud of being an Indian. He once slapped an English teacher in his college because he had insulted India and Indians. He went to jail many times during the freedom struggle. He was elected president of the Indian National Congress in 1938. He also sought the help from Germany to get India’s freedom and independence. But, unfortunately, he died in a plane crash in 1945 before India could gain freedom from the foreign rule.

Recently his birth centenary was celebrated on the national level. On this occasion, his long and valuable services to the country were remembered gratefully. The young men and women of India should follow his example. They should dedicate themselves to the service of the country. We Indians are very proud of Netaji. His teachings and work will continue to inspire the Indians for many centuries to come.