Subhash Chandra Bose: The Indivisible Hero from the Independence Journey
India is in the current spirit of patriotism with the Independence Day, the day India celebrated its 73 years of Independence from the British Raj (rule). Britain had India as its colony for over 200 years. While the fight against the unwanted rule and battle for Swaraj was initiated in 1857, India received freedom after a struggle and utter bloodshed of 90 years. Various Brave hearts fought and sacrificed their lives to achieve the “Free India”. Among various young men and women, some led a large number of people with their strong will and vision to breathe in an India free from the rules and regulations of the British Empire, one such leader was Subhash Chandra Bose
He was born on 23 January 1897 to Janakinath Bose and Prabhavi Devi. He was a very intelligent and sincere student and passed his B.A. in Philosophy from the Presidency College in Calcutta. At the mere age of 16, Bose understood a lot of things taking place in its environment, especially the offensive anti-Indian remarks by the British. The advocate father of Bose wanted him to serve after completing studies in England. Though he cleared the ICS exams, Bose didn’t want to serve the alien government and resigned from civil service job and came back to India.
Bose joined the struggle for independence with the Non-corporation Movement started by Mohandas K. Gandhi. Bose joined the Indian National Congress and followed the advice of Gandhi to serve under Chitta Ranjan Das, a politician in Bengal. Bose become young educator, journalist, and commandant of the Bengal Congress Volunteers. Bose served various years of his life in prison, where after he served the Indian National Congress general Secretary along with Jawaharlal Nehru.
In 1937, when Congress was elected in seven states, then he was released. Next year he became the president of the Haripura Congress Session. On this position, he took a very stern decision and asked Britishers to hand India over to the Indians. Following his opposition, he resigned from the post of president and formed Forward Block. He went to Germany via Afghanistan and tried to persuade Germany and Japan to cooperate against the British Empire. He then moved to Singapore from Germany in 1943 and formed the Azad Hind Fauj. The army comprised mainly Indians who were the prisoners of war; it crossed the Burma border and reached the Indian soil.
On 18 August 1945, Subash Chandra was declared to kill an air crash over Taipei, Taiwan. Although it was believed that Netaji died in this plane crash, his body was never recovered. And, there are different stories regarding his disappearance.