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Netaji’s Nephew Lauds Move For Jan 23-26 R-Day Celebrations

Netaji’s grand nephew Chandra Kumar Bose also claimed that the history of Indian freedom movement needs to be retold as there are events that remain untold and facts that have been missing.

Subhas Chandra Bose's grand newphew Chandra Kumar Bose speaks to India Ahead.

New Delhi: In a move to commemorate the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the government has decided to begin the Republic Day celebrations from January 23 instead of January 24. Hailing the move, his grand nephew Chandra Kumar Bose also emphasised on the need to implement Netaji’s inclusive ideology of recognising all Indians irrespective of their religion as ‘Bharatiyas’ and called for uniting India against the communal and divisive forces.

“India can only be protected if we implement Netaji’s ideology of being Bharatiyas. We are all Bharatiyas first and then Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians. Unless this ideology is integrated in today’s politics, India would get disintegrated and divided. The 21st century India is going to be the rise of Subhash Chandra Bose’s ideology to save the nation from further disintegration,” he said.

Speaking to India Ahead, Chandra Kumar Bose said, “You cannot honour Subhash Chandra Bose unless you understand his inclusive ideology. Subhas Bose was the only leader, no other leader could achieve it. He united Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists as Bharatiyas. There were only Bharatiyas in the Indian National Army (INA) who fought the British.”

Chandra Kumar Bose pointed out that it is the politics that divides people and said, “All political parties have encouraged communal and divisive politics. The common people are not divisive at all. Left to their own devises, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians all unite. But it is the political fraternity for the last 75 years who have tried to divide the nation for vote bank politics. This must stop.”

“You cannot respect Subhash Chandra Bose if you oppose his ideology. Netaji envisioned a united India. You see the Azad Hind government was a united India’s government. If Netaji would have come back to India, there would not have been any partition of Bengal or of India. It is a misfortune that he could not return. And in today’s India, we don’t want further division,” he said.

Netaji’s grand nephew also claimed that the history of Indian freedom movement needs to be retold as there are events that remain untold and facts that have been missing. Speaking about the Azad Hind government, which Netaji had tried to set up, Chandra Kumar Bose said, “The history that is missing is that the Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army) defeated the British forces on Indian soil on April 14, 1944. Colonel Shauqat Ali Malik of the Azad Hind Fauj defeated the British forces and hoisted the Indian tricolour at Moirang in Manipur. This was the real independence day of India. This history has been obliterated.”

Making an appeal to the governments to set the historical records in order, Chandra Kumar Bose said, “So, I appeal to the Central and state governments to rewrite the true history of India’s freedom. India would have achieved freedom way back in 1944, but do you know the Congress leadership opposed the INA and Bose in 1944. This history must also be told.”

In an indirect jibe at some national icons, without mentioning any names, he said the if the country really wants to honour Netaji then an INA memorial must be built at the Red Fort, and Netaji’s idol constructed at Rajpath.

“There were lot of national icons. If you really reflect their true character, they would appear like villains. I am not here to analyse that. There are historians who would do it but if you want to really respect Subhash Chandra Bose, build an INA memorial at the Red Fort, construct Netaji’s idol at Rajpath, near India Gate in Delhi, and most importantly imbibe his ideologies.”

Concluding his conversation, Chandra Kumar Bose said, “Implement them among the youth so that the nation stays united and fight communal, divisive forces and let India remain united on the 75th year of independence and 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose”

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Last year, the Narendra Modi government had decided to observe January 23 as ‘Parakram Diwas’ to remember and honour Netaji’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the country.

Earlier in August 2021, the government announced to commemorate Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s 125th birth anniversary on January 23 every year as Parakram Diwas. The decision was taken by the government to infuse a spirit of patriotic fervour and inspire the people of the country.

In a high-level committee chaired by the Prime Minister last year, it was decided to commemorate the birth anniversary of Netaji as Parakram Diwas. Apart from this, the government also approved various proposals relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose including the establishment of a memorial in Red Fort to INA martyrs.

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