Netaji Jayanti, also known as “Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti” or officially “Parakram Divas“. It is a national event celebrated in India to mark the birthday of a prominent Indian freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. On 23 January every year celebrated as Netaji Jayanti. He played a pivotal role in the Indian independence movement. He was the head of the Indian National Army. Netaji was the founder-head of the Azad Hind Government.
“Give me your blood, and I shall give you freedom”—the quote by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose inspired thousands of Indian youths to join the struggle for independence from British colonial rule.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s, 125th birth anniversary on 23 January 2021 is observed as Parakram Diwas. The day is celebrated to honor and remember Netaji’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation.
About Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
- He was born on January 23, 1897, in Cuttack in Odisha. He graduated from Kolkata and proved his mettle by becoming an Indian Civil Services officer. But he left the comfort and amenities that came with his job and decided to be part of the freedom struggle.
- With the slogan “Give me blood and I will give you freedom”, he awakened the country towards fighting against the British.
- He built a force known as the Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army) giving the slogan of “Dilli Chalo”. Thousands of soldiers of his 60,000-strong army sacrificed their lives for the country.
- At the time of India’s Independence, Clement Attlee the British Prime Minister said that the loyalty of the Indian army and navy to the British state was declining due to the increasing military activities of Bose’s Azad Hind Fauj and this was one of the major reasons that nudged Britishers into leaving India.
- He died in a Taihoku Military Hospital on August 18, 1945. The cause of death was heart failure resulting from multiple burns and shock.