Today being the 120th Death Anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose, the world woke up once again to understand the mystery behind the death of this legendary freedom fighter.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was born on January 23, in the year 1897. He is considered as the most revered freedom fighter of India who built the first Indian armed force named the Azad Hind Fauj.
His famous slogan “You give me blood, I’ll give you Freedom“ sparked patriotism in the hearts of many Indians during the fight for independence. Even today, these words don’t fail to inspire and move us.
On his 120th birth anniversary, we present to you 9 lesser-known yet inspiring facts about Subhas Chandra Bose, India’s Netaji.
1. His Death Remains a Mystery:
On August 18 1945 Bose is claimed to have been in a plane crash in Taipei, Taiwan. His death remains a mystery because no body was recovered and only some ashes were taken to Japan. Over the years his death has been a mystery as speculations have been made that he didn’t die at all and lived on in Russia and later in India. The alleged plane crash doesn’t even exist in the Taiwanese records. Many theories have come out about his disappearance and alleged death and to this day nothing conclusive can be said about those events.
2. He Was the Patriot of Patriots:
Mahatma Gandhi called him the “patriot of patriots” which is a high honor especially coming from someone who was opposed to his ideologies. This honor was not unwarranted as Bose really did commit fully to the cause of Indian Independence. There was no sacrifice that he didn’t make for his nation. To this day he is one of the most patriotic figures to inspire thousands of young men and women.
3. He Sought the Help of His Enemy’s Enemy:
When Bose realized that the British would have to be pushed hard to leave India, he decided that his enemy’s enemy was his friend and visited Germany and Japan to get their support. This doesn’t necessarily mean that he condoned the Nazi ideology but rather that he was willing to use whatever aid he could get in order to bring freedom to India. With the help of Japan he was able to form the Azad Hind Fauj that fought the Allied forces in South East Asia. Along with the Japanese army they brought independence to Andaman and Nicobar Islands and came all the way to Manipur in India. But by then Japan had grown weak and after it’s withdrawal from World War II, the Azad Hind Fauj had to retreat and disband.
4. He Was Twice Elected the President of the Indian National Congress:
After returning to India Bose worked with the Indian National Congress and newspapers such as Swaraj and Forward. He quickly rose within the INC and in 1938 and 1939 he was elected as the president of the Indian National Congress. His stand for complete independence was opposed by Gandhi and other INC members who were trying for a Dominion status and gradual independence. He had to resign as the president and form the All India Forward Bloc.