Subhash Chandra Bose, India's freedom fighter, whose words still reverberate
- Born in Cuttak in 1897, Subhash Chandra Bose was one of the greatest freedom fighters of India
- He encouraged the youth of this country to sacrifice everything for their motherland
- On his 125th birthday, we look back at the words Bose spoke that still reverberate today
Subhash Chandra Bose, India's freedom fighter, influenced the country with his speech, his practices, and devotion to what he believed in- freeing the country no matter the cost. Beyond the binaries of good and bad, and right and wrong, political leaders stand far from the common societal moralities. On his 125th birth anniversary, we look back at some of his words of the great leader and freedom fighter of this country that still influence people and fill them up with a collective conscience.
- "Give me blood and I will give you freedom": This is one of the most popular quotes by Subhash Chandra Bose. Calling for people to join him in his fight against the imperialist British Rule, he said these empowering words that had influenced many young minds at that time. In 1944 in Burma, he delivered this speech to the members of the Indian National Army. In his speech, he said that blood alone can avenge the blood that ‘the enemy’ has spilled.
- "Freedom is not given, it is taken": It was his radical ideas about freedom that separated him from other members of the Indian National Congress. He, unlike M G Gandhi, did not believe in the politics of non-violence. He believed that what was one’s birthright, had to be taken away rather than expecting it to be handed out.
- "We should have but one desire today. The desire to die so that India may live": Bose’s patriotism cannot be doubted. His love for his country was immense. His sole motto was to see India free. It came from his utmost belief that their sacrifice would free India.
- "No real change in history has ever been achieved by discussions": Talking about his radical ideas to get freedom, Subhash Chandra Bose did not believe that long discussions would help. That is where he had fallouts with Gandhiji as well.
- “One individual may die for an idea, but the idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives”: Ideas are immortal, and that is why they are so important in the politics of this world. To remember a famous quote, “ideas are bulletproof”, although Netaji died, his ideas have lived on. It is the fire that burns or provides warmth, depending on the quality of the idea, for generations that come after.
On his birthday, let's remember and celebrate him and the legacy of courage that he left behind.