Subhash Chandra Bose – an icon of patriotism

“Give me blood and I will give you freedom “

When India regained her freedom in 1947, she probably never forgot the contributions of her greatest freedom fighters. Subhash Chandra Bose,the man who spent his whole life seeking the truth , shone the brightest among them.

Subhash Chandra Bose,in his book “The Indian Struggle ” wrote in the very first chapter “The background of Indian polity” that when you interpret the true nature of India , you can’t construe it just from a couple of years,or decades or centuries. When you want to untangle the mystery of India, you have to do so through thousands and thousands of years .

” It is only under British rule that India for the first time in her history has begun to feel that shehas been conquered “.

Truly, the vastness of India’s territory and the depth of her philosophy is so profound that it would require an individual his lifetime to assess her greatness. Subhash Chandra Bose , thus correctly said “Only through ignorance or through prejudice could one assert that under British rule India began to experience for the first time whatpolitical unity was”.

Subhash Chandra Bose believed that though India , historically,ethnologically and geographically diverse to an observer, she has always been bounded by a fundamental unity underlying the diversity. He specifically stressed on the fact that Hinduism is one of the most important “cementing” factors contributing to the unity of India , for Hinduism has played such a strong role in uniting this vast country. For a pious Hindi, he has to tour the whole country in order to complete the sacred pilgrimage from Rameshwaram in the south,to the snow-capped Badrinath in the north, Puri in the east to Dwarka in the west.

“Everywhere the same scriptures are read and followed and the epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana are equally popular where ever you travel.”

Subhash Chandra Bose was extremely pathetic to the poor,sick and the distressed. He once confessed that he felt like a criminal when he saw poor people begging.He believed that an individual should work for his own salvation and also for the sake of humanity. Thus he devoted his entire life on the service for the poor and the sick.

When he was just 15, he wrote in his letter ,“Will the condition of our country continue to go from bad to worse — will not any son of Mother India in distress, in total disregard of his selfish interests, dedicate his whole life to the cause of the mother?…How many selfless sons of the Mother are prepared, in this selfish age to completely give up their personal interests and take the plunge for the mother? Mother, is this son of yours yet ready?”

Thus ,from his own words,we learn how he shaped his life to dedicate for his country .He not only conquered the hearts of million people then ,but continues to do so till today.

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