I will give you freedom.
Subhas Chandra Basu was born in a refined Bengali family of Cuttack (in the
Indian State of Orrisha). He went to a missionary English school. He did not
like the upmarket uniform, the un-Indian formal mannerism and the underlying
foreignness of the environment and later transferred to a Bengali school. Here
he came in close contact with headmaster of the school who harboured the dream
of free India. He was the catalyst in sowing the seeds of independent India and
revolutionary ideals in the impressionist mind of the youngster.
a brilliant student Subhas was admitted to the Presidency College in Kolkata .
He was rusticated for his leadership role in the violent defiance of the
egotistical Englishman, Professor Otten, who treated Indian students with
contempt, abuse and disdain. Barred from being admitted to any college or
university Subhas later met up with the legendary Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee, then
Vice Chancellor of Kolkata University, who gladly allowed him to enrol in the
Scottish Church College. On completion of his degree in philosophy, his father
persuaded him to go to England to sit for the Indian Civil Service (ICS) exams
on the grounds that he needed to understand the British rulers and their methods
more closely from within. He passed the exams in flying colours and was offered
an ICS role from which he resigned and on his returned to Kolkata established
and became the principal of the National College.
revolutionary ideals and the dream of independence continued to burn him inside.
He came in close contact of another Bengali leader C.R. Das. Inspired by the
call of Mahatma Gandhi's khadi Movement, he started selling Khaddar
(dhoti made of homespun cotton) in the streets of Kolkata - an act that caused
much displeasure with the rulers and he was put behind bars. Subhas was by now
fully convinced that civil disobedience alone was not going to be enough to
bring freedom to India. Armed revolution was the answer! He joined and later was
appointed the Commander-in-Chief of the National Volunteer Corps.
the outbreak of the Second World War he visited Germany and met up with Hitler
and other Italian and Japanese leaders. He sought their assistance in the fight
for India's freedom. Subhas declared open war against the British rulers of
India. The Indian National Army (INA) fought shoulder to shoulder against the
allied forces in Burma and eastern front of India. Fifty years after India's
independence Indians are still asking questions about Netaji (beloved leader)
Subhas's sudden and mysterious disappearance following a meeting with Japanese
Field Marshal Terauchi in Saigon.
to the official news, Subhas was killed in a plane crash near the Taihoku
airport. A popular conspiracy theory, however, disputes that version and
suspects that he was assassinated by the British rulers. Another view holds that
he was slain by the Japanese forces due to his rejection of their conditions of
assistance in exchange of economic and political favours to Japan by independent
influenced and inspired by the lives and teachings of India's great philosophers
like Ramkrishna, Bibekananda, Nabeen Chandra Sen and Sakharam Deuskar, Subhas
loved his motherland and its people. His life of formidable courage,
determination and dedication to the call of duty remains as a beacon for all
oppressed people of the world.
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