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Subhash Chandra Bose - An Unsung Hero

Subhash Chandra Bose was an unsung hero of India’s freedom struggle. He was a freedom fighter with a radical approach. The freedom movement that was happening at the time that he was growing up, resonated with him and he joined the movement. Since his approach towards achieving India’s freedom from the British was different, he was seen as a bit extreme. He was the leader of the revolutionary wing or rather a left-wing of the Indian National Congress, from which he eventually resigned due to differences of opinion

His early life

Subash Chandra Bose was known from a young age to be deeply committed to the freedom struggle of India and didn’t like the way Indians were being treated by the British. He wanted to find some way to help contribute to the freedom struggle of India. He was disappointed by how the British were treating Indians in his own country and believed that for India to be peaceful, the British would have to be driven out.

His education

Bose was greatly influenced by Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna in school days. He finished his B.A in philosophy in 1918 from the University of Calcutta. He went to England to continue his education and came back to India. He was never afraid to voice his opinions and was a brilliant student. Bose believed that education was important for the betterment of his country.

Why were his ideas radical?

Since Bose wanted to achieve freedom for India by any means necessary, he had appealed to Nazi Germany and Japan to help him achieve his goal. He had formed the Indian National Army in Japan with the help of the Japanese authorities. After he had resigned from his post in the Indian National Congress (INC) the British government had put him under house arrest. He had been part of the INC for a brief period.

Bose was also against the whole non-violent movement that was led by Gandhi as Bose believed that for India to achieve freedom violent means would be necessary. Bose had branched out from the other freedom fighters at the time.

Why an “unsung hero”

Netaji as he was known later in his life, had an extreme approach to achieving freedom for India as he wanted to achieve freedom by any means necessary. He didn’t want to follow the conventional way of achieving freedom that Gandhi or Nehru were trying to achieve at the time. He was part of the non-violent movement that had been initiated by Gandhi, but he didn’t like the pace that it was going at.

Bose was one of the most radical and rebellious freedom fighters of his time who wasn’t afraid to risk his own life for the betterment of his country. He was ready to be different than the other freedom fighters that were present at the time. Therefore, it can be said that at times he is omitted from history for his rebellious approach and his selflessness in achieving India’s freedom.


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