Ahead of the Republic Day celebrations on January 26 comes another day that reignites the fire of patriotism in each one of us. And that is the birth anniversary of the revolutionary freedom fighter, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on January 23. This is the 121st birth anniversary of the leader who was born in Cuttack, Orissa on January 23, 1897. His contribution towards India’s struggle for Independence has been widely recognised and appreciated. Indians pay homage to this great leader on this day, which is also celebrated as Desh Prem Diwas. His lines, ‘Tum mujhe khoon do, mein tumhe azadi doonga’ (You give me blood, and I promise you freedom)’ are a reflection of his passionate, radical leadership. Also Read - Bose adds Google Assistant to its smart speakers, starts taking pre-order for new Home Speaker 300
Bose was born in a Bengali family and his father, Janakinath Bose, was a public prosecutor. He had ensured that his son got the best education by admitting him to the Protestant European School in January 1902. Bose continued his education there until 1909 and later on was shifted to the Ravenshaw Collegiate School. From being a leader of the young, radical wing of the Indian National Congress in the late 1920s and 1930s to rising to become Congress President in 1938 and 1939 to eventually having a fall out with the party after differences with Mahatma Gandhi and a few other officials, Netaji’s life saw several ups and downs. What never changed though was his passion to see a free India. The INC praised Bose’s patriotism but distanced itself from his tactics and ideology, especially after he joined hands with fascism, state news reports. He died under mysterious circumstances on 18 August 1945. His death occurred due to the overloaded Japanese plane crashing in Japanese-ruled Formosa (now Taiwan). However, his supporters refuse to believe this and several conspiracy theories have been doing the rounds ever since. Also Read - Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 launched: Price in India, features, availability
Here are 11 Inspirational Quotes from the revolutionary leader:
Never lose your faith in the destiny of India. There is no power on Earth which can keep India in bondage. India will be free and, that too, soon.
We should have but one desire today. The desire to die so that India may live.
It is our duty to pay for our liberty with our own blood. The freedom that we shall win through our sacrifice and exertions, we shall be able to preserve with our own strength.
One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.
Freedom is not given – it is taken.
No real change in history has ever been achieved by discussions.
The secret of political bargaining is to look more strong that what you really are.
Give me blood and I will give you freedom!
It is only on the basis of undiluted nationalism and of perfect justice and impartiality that the Indian army of liberation can be built up.
India is calling. Blood is calling to blood. Get up, we have no time to lose. Take up your arms, the road to Delhi is the road to Freedom. Chalo Dilli!
Forget not that the grossest crime is to compromise with injustice and wrong. Remember the eternal law: you must give if you want to get.
Netaji’s life has inspired several filmmakers to reproduce the same on celluloid. Among the most popular films made on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose include Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero. Directed by Shyam Benegal, this 2004 film depicts Netaji’s life in Nazi Germany (1941–1943), in Japanese-occupied Asia (1943–1945) and the events leading to the formation of Azad Hind Fauj. In 2017, ALTBalaji and BIG Synergy Media released a 9-episode web series, Bose: Dead/Alive, which is a dramatised version of the book on India’s Biggest Cover-up written by Anuj Dhar, which starred Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao as Subhas Chandra Bose.