“Give me blood and I will give you freedom!”- Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
The epic words by an epic personality! Netaji Subhas Chandra, even today, doesn’t fail to inspire millions of Indians. A truly educated personality, Netaji had gained a prolific image in Indian history due to more than just being a downright patriot.
If you’re a Bengali, you would know what I am talking about! Even if you don’t relax, here we are! Dedicated to the torch who ignited millions of young flames, here I present some of the most impressive facts of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Trust me, reading which you would respect him even more!
Born brilliant and a patriot
Born in a large family in the state of Odisha, Bose had already been a brilliant student. Apart from being a fierce patriot by heart, Bose had also been equally diligent with respect to studies.
In 1913, he acquired the second rank in matriculation and in 1918 he completed his Bachelors in philosophy, that too with a first-class score. He was also expelled from the reputed Presidency College due to his assault on Professor Oaten against the latter’s anti-India comments.
Ranked 4th in ICS exams
In the year 1919, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose acquired the fourth position in the prestigious ICS exams. However, in spite of scoring so well, he wasn’t pleased as he didn’t want to serve the government that he hated so much, especially after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Due to this, while still being an intern, he resigned from the respectable ICS position.
Imprisoned for 10 times
From 1921-41, Bose had been imprisoned for at least 10 times. In 1941, he went to Gomoh by a car from Kolkata, thus escaping his house arrest. From there, he went to Peshawar via train. Then he went to Kabul and then finally to Germany for meeting Adolf Hitler.
Married an Austrian
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose married Emilie Schenkl, an Austrian by origin. Their daughter Anita Bose Pfaff is a popular German economist.
He befriended enemy’s enemy
A perfect strategist as well, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose sought help from Japan and Germany. With Japan’s help, he formed Azad Hind Fauj, a specialized army force for fighting against the British. Also, due to forming this memorable army force, he earned the title of “Netaji.”
Lover of heroism
In the year 1942, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose met Adolf Hitler, wherein the latter offered of arranging a submarine to Netaji. With two submarines on board, Bose travelled to Madagascar from Germany, an act which is really, really hazardous. Even today, this act is considered as Bose’s one of the most heroic deeds ever.
President of INC, TWICE!
After his return to India, Bose started working with Indian National Congress along with several newspapers like Forward and Swaraj. Within a short time period, he made a prolific position in INC. This led him to be elected as its president twice in 1938 and 1939.
Patriot of Patriots
Bose’s dedication to bringing independence in India earned him the prestigious title of “Patriot of Patriots.” The ironical fact is he earned the title from someone who was quite opposed to his ideologies, from Mahatma Gandhi. This is because Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose indeed did whatever he could actually do to free India from British Raj. He sacrificed everything that needed to be done. It is due to this, that even to date, he is respected by millions.
Did you know who coined our popular slogan, Jai Hind? Yes, it’s our very own Bose!
His mysterious death
Even till today, Netaji Subhash Chandra’s death is a big mystery! In 1945, it was claimed that Bose had died due to a plane crash in Taiwan. However, no bodies had been recovered. The biggest turning point on this issue is the fact, that no such plane had ever existed as per the records of Taiwan. Some people even believe that Bose never died and had probably escaped. And that, he’s alive, living in some form of disguise, even until today.
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