Today, 23rd January 2024, marks the 127th Birth Anniversary of one of India’s most revered and dynamic freedom fighters, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Since 2021 this day has also been celebrated as “Parakram Diwas” in India.
Born to a very successful lawyer in 1897 in Cuttack (Orrisa), he was very academically driven; clearing the prestigious Civil Service Exam at the mere age of 23, but didn’t join citing Nationalism as a higher calling.
Subhas Chandra Bose was a visionary leader who had a unique approach to the struggle for Independence. He sought support not only from within the country but also from outside, forging alliances with various nations to garner international support for India’s cause. He was instrumental in organizing the Azad Hind Fauj or Indian National Army (INA) during World War II, with the aim of liberating India from British rule. In 1942, he earned the title Netaji in Germany by the Indian soldiers of the INA. He is also credited for giving the very famous slogan, “Give me blood, and I shall give you freedom!”
Though Netaji lost his life in a mysterious plane crash in 1945 in Taiwan, the legacy of Subhas Chandra Bose continues to inspire generations of Indians. His unwavering spirit, courage, and dedication to the idea of a free and sovereign India make him an enduring symbol of the country’s fight for independence. Every year, Parakram Diwas serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by Netaji and countless other freedom fighters, urging us to cherish and uphold the values of freedom, justice, and unity for which they fought so valiantly.