23rd January is marked as the day when a courageous soldier and a freedom fighter was born. Netaji played a crucial role in shaping the Modern India.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was born on January 23, 1897, into a privileged household in Cuttack, Odisha Division, Bengal Province. His parents were Janakinath Bose and Prabhavati Bose. He used to be a very bright and obedient student. He pursued his bachelor’s in philosophy from the Presidency College in Kolkata. Being an early recipient of an Anglocentric education, he was sent to England to appear for the Civil Services Examination. He again succeeded ranking fourth overall and scoring the highest marks in English.
After resigning from the Indian Civil Service, Bose started a newspaper named Swaraj. He even worked as an editor for a newspaper named Forward. It was in 1923 when Subhash was elected as the President of the All-India Youth Congress Committee. In 1942, he formed the Indian National Army (INA) in Southeast Asia.
Netaji-An Esteemed Leader
People call him “Netaji” because he led the Indian National Army (INA), named the Azad Hind Fauj. The officials of India and Germany gave him this title at the Special Bureau of India in Berlin.
The popular statement, “Give me blood and I’ll give you freedom,” gives an idea of the leadership quality he possessed.
The significance of Parakram Diwas and Netaji Jayanti
‘Subhash Chandra Bose’ Jayanti is celebrated every year on his birthday, January 23. This day is also named as Courage Day or Parakram Diwas. On this day, people across the nation remember “the leader” and recall all the blood, sweat, and tears he shed for the country. For many, Subhash Chandra Bose is a source of inspiration. His iconic courage and love for his motherland, has stirred profound emotions within many.
A few months after Netaji’s disappearance, his Jayanti was celebrated traditionally. In the year 2021, the government of India declared Bose’s Jayanti as Parakram Diwas, paying special honor to him on his 124th birth anniversary. People observe a national holiday on this day. The main purpose of the ‘courage day’ is to inculcate a sense of patriotism in the hearts and blood of the people of India. This day is a lesson for the young generation to act fearlessly in any unfortunate situation.
Parakram Diwas is entirely dedicated to a man of immense courage. This day is to honor a warrior, an intellectual, a revered leader, a scholar, and most importantly a loyal son of his motherland. People organize cultural events, raise the national flag, and sing and dance to patriotic songs on this special day. Teachers and students give speeches, commemorating Netaji’s birth anniversary.
Leaders paid tributes to Netaji on his Jayanti
Various eminent Indian leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Droupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar paid homages and offered floral tributes to the iconic “leader” of the Azad Hind Fauj. Everyone reminisced about his unwavering dedication to the nation’s freedom on different social media platforms today.