Thursday, January 21, 2010

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

Born on 23rd January 1897 in Cuttack, Subhas Chandra Bose is one of the greatest freedom fighter who fought for independence of India. He studied in Fitzwilliam Hall of the University of Cambridge, and passed with high scores. He was elected president of the Indian National Congress for two consecutive terms. He advocated complete freedom for India at the earliest which differed from views of other leaders of India. He was popularly known as Netaji (Respected Leader).

Statue of Netaji near Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore

During the Second World War, he traveled to the Soviet Union, Germany and Japan, seeking an alliance with the aim of attacking the British in India. With Japanese assistance, he led the Indian National Army, formed from Indian prisoners-of-war and plantation workers from British Malaya, Singapore, and other parts of Southeast Asia, against British forces. With Japanese monetary, political, diplomatic and military assistance, he formed the Azad Hind Government in exile and regrouped and led the Indian National Army in battle against the allies at Imphal and in Burma.


Statue of Netaji with Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore in the backdrop

It is believed that he has died on 18 August 1945 in a plane crash over Taiwan. However, contradictory evidence exists regarding his death in the accident. There are theories that state that he was traced in India in the late 1990. Hie death is still a mystery.

52 comments:

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

Salute

sujata said...

I have always been a fan of this great man. Was great to read more on him here and at a very apt time too.

Protege said...

Interesting story. Often the death of great, inspirational and influential people is shrouded in mystery.
Beautiful statue as well, he looks very resolute.
xo
Zuzana

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Freedom fighters for independence must be respected be subject of internationala recognition.

Indrani said...

I am glad you posted on this.

chrome3d said...

He has a happy statue and I want to raise my arm to say hi even if I don´t know him. Those mystery stories of guys hiding in other countries for decades are so intriguing.

V Rakesh said...

Its a shame that a leader of his stature met an end that is intriguing!

Good tribute!

Carletta said...

Wonderful shots of the statue against the sky!

Babli said...

VERY WELL WRITTEN. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THE DEATH OF NETAJI SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE IS STILL A MYSTERY. GOOD POST.

Manang Kim said...

Love your photos and the clear blue sky too. Thanks for sharing the information. Happy weekend!

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Photo Cache said...

I am thankful you introduced me to an Indian hero.

Happy weekend.

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Spiderdama said...

Interesting and great shots!:-)

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous, interesting post, Rajesh! Terrific photos and lovely skies for background! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Diane AZ said...

Great sculpture, interesting history, thanks for sharing!

Rune said...

Great photos :)

J Bar said...

Great shots.
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Carver said...

Fascinating post about an important and brave man.

Erin said...

so much history i have missed about india and its leaders. i so like visiting your blog and every time i visit, i learn something new. a very good thing ;0
have a wonderful weekend.

Jossie said...

India has such an interesting history. Thanks for sharing

Regina said...

Such great accomplishments!
Nice sky and shots!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: Wonderful photos of the leader in the two differing skies.

Janie said...

Interesting to hear the history of this important man. Also interesting that people still question the time of his death.

magiceye said...

beautiful tribute...

Anya said...

Wow!!

What a unique Statue
cool position :-)

joo said...

Youre choice is always so interesting!
I love this post.

LadyFi said...

He really stands out in that last shot. Great angle.

Pearl Maple said...

History can be both fascinating and interesting, thanks for sharing.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

He was indeed a great man; many people still want him back.

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Ramosforest.Environment said...

History and traditions.
Beautiful shot.
Luiz Ramos

Shannara said...

great pics

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

I've always pondered upon Netaji's death... Good dedication to a leader of our Nation. JaiHind.

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She Writes said...

Bharat (Is it polite to address you by your name? I am sadly unawre of India's manners with this),

This is a mystery indeed. We have rumors about famous people still being alive here too.

He does look splendidn among the roof tops as you shot the photo.

SandyCarlson said...

This was news to me. So I am very glad I read it. How hard we work for freedom...

George said...

Thanks for a very interesting post. It's always fascinating to learn about the historical figures of your country. The second picture is spectacular.

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Sharodindu said...

Happy Birthday to our national hero!
Jai Hind!!

JM said...

Great information! I especially like the second composition.

Glennis said...

Strange that his death is such a mystery.
He really stands proud above the roof tops. I know it is just the angle but its impressive.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

rajesh
mysterious deaths make interesting history. thanks
~laura

Rajesh said...

Sujata: Thanks. Yes, he is a great warrior.

Phivos, Indrani, Carletta, Babli, Kim, Photo Cache, Spiderdama, Sylvia, Diane, Rune, J Bar: Thanks for the appreciation.

Hobo, magiceye, Bhushavali, Shaodindu: Thanks, we salute him.

Carver, Erin, Jossie, Regina, Fishing Guy, Anya, Joo, LadyFi, Pearl, Luiz, Shannara, Amy: Thanks for the appreciation.

Protege, chrome3d, Rakesh, Janie, Bhavesh, Laura: Thanks, I agree with you.

Sandy, George, Itabira, JM, Glennis: Thanks for the appreciation.

Jeevan said...

great post on this greatest man! nice reading about him here.

Sumandebray said...

Netaji .. He is one of the greatest leaders of India. Its is unfortunate what had happened to him. I think his contribution to India's freedom is imeasurable... immense to be precise!

Rajesh said...

Jeevan, Sumandebray: Thanks. Yes, he is one of the India's greatest leader.

asit guin said...

Japan agreed to eliminate Netaji

In First World War, Japan was an ally of British. Before Second World War Japan-US trade war and political war started, this led to actual war between US and Japan. So British became an enemy to Japan by diplomatic manipulation as US - British alliance was there. After the Second World War, Japan revived their old connection with British via spies. Japanese spies and British spies were enough linked before second world war. Japanese spies agreed to eliminate Netaji. Motive was to appease the British and purchase security for Japan royal family. Thus, Japan sold Netaji to British and British eliminated him. The false news of air crash was Japan’s fabrication. In any controversial case, liar is to be suspected first.
Netaji’s plan to start second stage of India’s independence war with the help of USSR was known to Japan. There was enough scope for British spies and Japanese spies to develop a common minimum program against pro-communist agenda of Azad hind. Why should Japanese imperialism agree to patronize emergence of independent India as a permanent communist ally? Is it not more logical to fulfill British condition and purchase favor from old ally British even after defeat in WW-II?

eileeninmd said...

Interesting post and nice photos of a great leader.

Sarah said...

Interesting...thanks for sharing!

Happy Blue Monday!

Sarah

SmilingSally said...

Rajesh, thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

LV said...

You always share some of the most interesting things from around the world. You make blue days much brighter.

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Briarside Lane said...

Interesting... to learn history and culture from around the world. Thanks for sharing. ... Karen

Rajesh said...

asit guin: Thank you. This is new version for me.
eileeninmd, Sarah, Sally, LV, Marice, Karen: Thanks for the appreciation.

shibaji said...

I do not know much about living of Netaji after the story of plane crash. But there is a story prevailed in Orissa (mostly in Cuttack and Balasore district) about a sadhu, who died in 1990. His followers claim him to be Netaji. They are in full faith about this. The stories are unbilievable. Come and meet these people and realise their enthus.