Subhas Chandra Bose, the most prominent freedom fighter of India was born on January 23, 1879, in Cuttak. Indians remember him as the fighter who gave all his blood and tears for India’s freedom. He was not only the youth icon in the pre-Independence era but also the perfect icon for today’s generation as well.
Why everybody calls Subhash Chandra as Netaji?
The meaning of Netaji is ‘respected Leader’. Not all freedom fighters were termed as Netaji. Subhas Chandra Bose had that indomitable spirit which made Ravindra Nath Tagore call him Netaji. Gandhiji even called Bose the “Prince among the Patriots” in 1942.
Netaji was an active follower of Swami Vivekananda’s teachings. He also cherished Vivekananda as his spiritual Guru. Bose was a remarkable student and secured fourth place with highest marks in English in Indian Civil Service Exam.
However, his urge for participating in the freedom movement was intense. And so in April 1921, Bose resigned from the coveted Indian Civil Service and came back to India from Britain to join the Indian National Congress and became the leader of the youth wing of the INC.
Bose as a Youth Icon
By the late 20s, Bose had become a youth icon. He was so popular that he inspired even revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh, Chandrasekhar Azad and Jatin Das. Bose, known for his patriotic zeal, became Congress President in 1938 and 1939.
His speeches instilled patriotism in the blood of the youth and together they fought for India’s freedom. Some of his quotes aroused tremendous enthusiasm amongst youngsters.
He revived the Indian National Army, popularly known as ‘Azad Hind Fauj’ in 1943 which freed the Andaman and Nicobar islands from the British.
Some quotes of Netaji on his Jayanti
On Subhas Chandra Bose’s 122nd Birth Anniversary, also called Netaji Jayanti, here are some quotes that stirred enormous patriotism amongst youngsters in India-
- Give me your blood, and I will give you your freedom.
- It is our duty to pay for our liberty with our blood. The freedom that we shall win through our sacrifice and exertions, we shall be able to preserve with our strength.
- It does not matter who among will live to see India free. It is enough that India shall be free and that we shall give our all to make her free.
- We must build up our national defence on such an unshakeable foundation that never again in our history shall we lose our freedom.
- A real soldier needs both military and spiritual training.
- Nationalism is inspired by the highest ideals of the human race, Satyam ( The truth), Shivam (the God) and Sundaram (the beautiful).
- 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.
- Men, money and materials cannot by themselves bring victory or freedom. We must have the motive-power that will inspire us to brave deeds and heroic exploits.
- When we stand, the Azad Hind Fauj has to be like a wall of granite; when we march, the Azad Hind Fauj has to be like a steamroller.
Netaji died in a plane crash
According to the reports, Netaji died in a plane crash on 18 August 1945. But his death is still a mystery as his dead body is not yet recovered. Netaji was and will always remain a youth icon for all Indians.
Modi renames an Island as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep
Modi government on 30th December 2018, renamed the three islands of Andaman and Nicobar archipelago as a tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The islands that were renamed are – the Ross Island which was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.