Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Have we done enough for Netaji...The Forgotten Hero.

“In the name of God I take this sacred oath that to liberate India and the 38 Crore of my countrymen, I, Subhas Chandra Bose, will continue the sacred war of freedom till the last breath of my life.
I shall remain always a servant of India and to look after the welfare of 38 Crore Indian brothers and sisters shall be my highest responsibility”
October 21, 1943
Eminent historians through their relentless research have submitted evidences of the crucial role NetajiSubhasBose played in getting our motherland freedom from the shackles of the British, which I quote.
Mr. Ramesh Chandra Majumdar says in his book, “During the First World War the Indian revolutionaries sought to take advantage of German help in the shape of war materials to free the country by armed revolt. But the attempt did not succeed. During the Second World War Subhas Bose followed the same method and created the INA. In spite of brilliant planning and initial success, the … campaigns of Subhas Bose failed… None of these scored direct success, but few would deny that it was the cumulative effect … that brought freedom to India. In particular, the revelations made by the INA trial, and the reaction it produced in India, made it quite plain to the British, already exhausted by the war, that they could no longer depend upon the loyalty of the sepoys [low-ranking Indian soldiers under British command] for maintaining their authority in India. This had probably the greatest influence upon their final decision to quit India.”[1][adapted]
Another eminent historian Mr.Ranjan Bora quotes, “Although Bose’s Indian National Army (INA), which drew its cadre from Indian POW’s in Japanese camps and fought along with Japanese forces on India’s eastern front towards the end of the war, failed in its ultimate mission, indirectly it succeeded in causing the British to leave India early.”[2]
It is also found that the then British Prime Minister Clement Atlee had said in a reply to an interview conducted by Chief Justice P.B. Chakrabarty of the Kolkata High Court, who had earlier served as acting governor of West Bengal, that the principal among various reasons for British leaving India being the erosion of loyalty to the British Crown among the Indian army and navy personnel as a result of the military activities of Netaji [Subhash Chandra Bose].
Netaji’s life of sacrifice however has never been repaid by our nation. We lost him where, to whom & how still remains unsolved. Our school history books carry too little about him. This unrelenting warrior of our motherland, who gave us our first National Army, first recognised government, independence & its salutation “Jai Hind” is also the only Indian leader of the freedom fight to have visited the imprisoned revolutionaries at the infamous cellular jail of Port Blair. The first Indian land freed from British clutches were fondly named “swaraj” & “shaheed” by Netaji which unfortunately still known as Andaman & Nicober Islands. When the whole nation saw name changes after British left, why didn’t the congress government acknowledge Netaji’s contribution by letting the islands be known by the names he christened them with? Is this how we treat the contribution of a leader of such magnitude just because he wasn’t a part of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty?

Today on his 117th birth anniversary, I urge my party’s senior leaders to do all it takes to re-christen Andaman &Nicober as “swaraj” & “shaheed” as a mark of respect to NetajiSubhasChandra Bose.  Jai Hind!

[1]Majumdar, Ramesh Chandra, Three Phases of India’s Struggle for Freedom, BhartiyaVidyaBhavan, Bombay, India, 1967, pp. 58-59.
[2]“Subhas Chandra Bose, The Indian National Army, and The War of India’s Liberation,” Journal of Historical Review, Vol. 20 (2001), No. 1, reference 46.

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