Entire world today is paying tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 126th birth anniversary. The main function was held at the Netaji Bhawan, Elgin Road in Kolkata, West Bengal. The day has been named as ‘Parakram Diwas’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year. Each year apart from regular programmes, a Netaji Memorial Lecture is organised at the Netaji Bhawan which is addressed by eminent people from all walks of life. It is from this house Netaji Bose had escaped in the car in the disguise of a Maulana (Muslim teacher), his nephew Dr Sishir Kumar Bose had driven him to Gomoh, Bihar. Netaji Bose took to Kabul, rest is history.
Once again, the long controversy over his death or where about came up today as some love to believe that Netaji Bose died in the Taihoku plane crash the rest have divided opinion – they believe the Gumnami Baba theory. However, there are numerous instances where the Taihoku crash has been totally ruled out as it is believed no plane took off on that day from Japan’s Tokyo. While some also believe that this entire crash theory could be a planned propaganda scripted by Netaji Bose himself.
Four probe commissions were set up but none reached the conclusion. The Modi government did declassify a few files but till date no expose on where Netaji Bose went or if he was murdered then who was behind his murder. Almost all the government had issued a probe and set up commissions in Netaji Bose’s disappearance mystery. When Purabai Mukherjee commission was close to disclose, the commission was scraped. We have written a lot on the assumptions and presumptions of what may had happen to Netaji. Whether it had something to do with the INA trial or he was killed in Siberia but one thing is certain that Netaji Bose did not die in the plane crash that took place in Taihoku as there are enough evidence that it was General Shidea. Hence, it’s immaterial that the ashes kept at Renkoji Temple does not belong to Netaji Bose.
Some alleged the declassification of the Netaji’s files by the Modi government and subsequently by Mamata Banerjee government were nothing but a political posturing as it was done when elections were knocking at the door in West Bengal.
In late 80’s then Information and Broadcasting minister Ajit Panja in Rajiv Gandhi cabinet had pulled up the Doordarshan for pronouncing ‘dead’ for Netaji Bose during a reportage on DD News on January 23. Though, BJP after coming to power tried its best to super impose the ‘death’ theory of Netaji Bose. Rajnath Singh had tweeted as ‘Shahid’ (martyr) which ran into controversy but it was the beginning of a bigger ‘conspiracy’ which came to light on Wednesday when the RTI tried to establish Netaji Bose died in the crash.
It’s indeed a national shame that even after 75 years of independence, India till date could not know what happened to Netaji Bose. No matter whatever is said or whoever says, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose neither died in the crash nor the ashes kept at Renkoji Temple belong to Netaji Bose…Netaji Zindabad! Azad Hind Zindabad!
Opposition has accused the Modi government of playing politics and trying to show strength and power. Well, changing names is nothing new, it has been a common practice among the politicians in power to exhibit their power.
Without going into any political controversy, I feel Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government deserves all the kudos for showing genuine respect for Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Neither Congress nor non-Congress goverments those came into power after Rajiv Gandhi’s death cared to install Netaj Bose’s statue. Though, they all had it in their manifesto. So, it’s Narendra Modi and his government who had been taking initiatives to install the statue at India Gate.
Needless to mention the most befitting statue as Netaji Bose was the first Prime Minister of Azad Hind Fauj and wanted to hoist the national flag at the ramparts of Red Fort. He also gave the clarion call, “Chalo Dilli”. The famous Indian National Army (INA) song, ‘Hum Dehli Delhi jayenge… apna hind baneyenge… Subhash ka kehna manna hai … aab Dehli Chalke rehnaa hai…’ was penned and sang by Captain Ram Singh Thakur who sand all the INA songs.
Earlier, on January 23, 2022, during an event at the India Gate, Prime Minister Modi had unveiled a hologram of Netaji Bose and placed under the canopy at the India Gate. It was placed as a substitute to the statue which will be placed today in the evening. The hologram was badly damaged due to a devastating storm and downpour that lashed the capital few days after the event compelling the government to remove the hologram.
On September 8, 2022, today, the Prime Minister unveiled the statue of Netaji Bose and said, “Netaji was deprived of what he deserved. The previous governments did nothing to honour the brave son of the motherland”. PM Modi said he drives inspiration from Netaji Bose and regard it’s his as well as country’s responsibility to honour this great man. Referring to renaming of Kartavya Path, PM Modi said it will inspire people and remind them of their duties towards the country.
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