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Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's 115 birthday celebrated with a fight
The government and the All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) are locking horns over the naming of the day when Subhas Chandra Bose was born. Yet to reach any conclusion, the debate is turning ugly.

KOLKATA IS having a holiday on the 115 birthday of one of the most inspiring and loved freedom fighters; Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Although the man is till date engulfed in a shroud of mystery yet no one can deny that his contribution to the movement for a free India is immense. Today’s political leaders come nowhere near to him as far as leadership is concerned. While the All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) wants his birthday to be named as the ‘Desh Prem divas’, the government clearly doesn’t see eye to eye with the party on the matter.

If these leaders look at Bose and his life they would learn that not seeing eye to eye with someone is very normal but learning to respect their strengths is another matter. As Subhas Chandra Bose clearly was against the British rule in India, but he respected their methodical and systematic approach and their steadfastly disciplinarian outlook towards life, so much so that he exchanged ideas with leaders such as Lord Halifax, George Lansbury, Clement Attlee, Arthur Greenwood on the future of India.

Born in Orissa on 23 January 1897 he was given the name ‘Netaji’ as he was believed to be a true revolutionary. While Gandhiji wanted to get India her freedom through non-violence and political means, Subhas Chandra Bose did not approve of the idea and wanted unconditional freedom. His words and war cry, “Give me blood and I will give you freedom" inspired not only the revolutionaries of the time but many writers also of later ages.  

The great leader’s death is a mystery till date. Although a version of the story is that he died in a plane crash, others believe that he is still alive. Humanly an improbability, this is the version of those people who are yet to come to terms with his death. However, the Mukherjee Commission that investigated the death of Bose, found out with the help of the Taiwanese government that no plane crash happened on the alleged day of 18 August 1945 while en route to Tokyo. The Indian Government however, did not agree with the Commission and Bose’s death is the biggest mystery about the man who fought for India’s freedom till he died.

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