Bhubaneswar, August 18 (LocalWire): Seventy-three years ago, on this fateful day of 18 August, the aircraft he was traveling in crashed while taking off from a pit stop in Taiwan. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose suffered fatal burn in the accident and could never return to his motherland.
While the accident was reported by the Japanese on 23 August, who subsequently cremated him and took his ashes to the Renkoji Temple, scores of Indians believed that their leader faked his death to again fool the British.
The skepticism was immediate, though a British investigator confirmed his death and several witnesses testified with the same details that remained consistent.
The belief that Netaji will resurface was so strong that in 1946, even Mahatma Gandhi claimed that “inner voices were telling him that Subhas is still alive and biding his time somewhere as he spent his life moving easily, sometimes secretly, from country to country.”
Born in the year 1897, Netaji shared the house with his huge family of eight brothers and six sisters.
He studied in the Anglo school Cuttack till the seventh standard and then in Ravenshaw collegiate school.
After securing the second position in the matriculation examination in 1913, he got admission at the Presidency College in Kolkata where he studied briefly.
His nationalistic temperament came to light when he was expelled for assaulting Professor Oaten for the latter’s anti-India comments.
During his early days, in a letter to his brother Sarat, he stated: “Only on the soil of sacrifice and suffering can we raise our national edifice.”
While he left home early in his student life in search of the religious life, throughout his political career, India’s liberation from British rule remained Netaji’s foremost political goal.
His view that “Britain’s enemy is India’s friend” found acceptance across length and breadth of Odisha.
He played a pivotal role in the Indian National Congress and inspired leaders from the state by disseminating the Congress resolutions in local meetings and through the local press.
In 1909, Gopabandhu Das, along with other leaders established the Satyavadi School in Puri district, which remained a hub of the freedom movement in Odisha.
Located at Cuttack in Odisha, the Netaji Birth Place Museum is an ancestral abode of the great son of the Indian soil.
He saw his struggle as a moral crusade against the evil British Empire and his epic call “Give me your blood and I will give you freedom,” found resonance across the country.
Netaji dedicated his life to freeing India from British rule.
During World War II, the British arrested him 11 times until he finally escaped. With the help of the Axis powers, he led thousands of people around the world to join forces in the fight for the freedom of India.