Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in the 21st Century

Today, we are in India in a situation where there is poverty, unemployment, Communalism and various other serious issues which we haven’t overcome till date. Communalism will divide India. But youths like us, leaders like us, scholars like us who follow the inclusive ideology of Netaji can only save India from further disintegration. I believe – Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s Ideology is the utmost need today.Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose wanted a United Free India. Both Sarat Chandra Bose and Subhas Chandra Bose were vehemently against partition of the country. They believed India had to fight for freedom and freedom could not be achieved by negotiation. Subhas Bose had said that ‘ In order to inspire our countrymen with fresh vigour, we have to place before them the new and integral image of freedom. During all these years we have meant and explained by freedom political freedom alone; but henceforth we have to declare that we do not want to liberate people merely from political bondage- we want to liberate them from all forms of bondage. The struggle for independence had as its aim the removal of the triple bondage of political, economic and social oppression. When all shackles are removed, we can proceed to build a new society on the basis of Samyavad. This principal aim of our freedom struggle is to build a free and classless society. This ideal and this dream have inspired men in all ages and in all lands.’ Unfortunately, we are a far cry away in realising this dream.

Today our motherland, India is going through a very difficult phase. Communal hatred, violence and unsatisfactory policies has taken the Indian Economy downwards. Today, it is the time to follow the inclusive ideology of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The first principle of Netaji is, of course, undiluted and militant nationalism. To quote from Swami Vivekananda, ‘The first Gods we have to worship are our own countrymen‘.The second principle of Netaji is socialism, in a form which has its origin in the thought and culture of India. In the course of his speech at the Rangpur Political Conference on March 30, 1929 Netaji said : “It was Swami Vivekananda who gave a new turn to the history of Bengal. As he repeatedly said, man-making was his mission in life. In the work of man-making, Swami Vivekananda did not confine his attention to any particular sect but embraced the whole of society”. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s socialism was not from the principles of Karl Marx, a well known philosopher and founder of Marxian Socialism Theory. Netaji wanted a Socialsim which would derive from India.

The society of India has been divided by some politicians who fall in a trap of Communalism and as a result, it hampers the progress of the country. Today, we have seen an unsatisfactory result in the economy of India. The workers, laborers and other middle class or lower middle class people are not in a good place. There are suffering among them. When the nation needs a Progressive politics, a clean politics, a determined leader or party or ideology, the only name which comes to our mind is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

It is correctly said by a leader that : “The leaders of our nation today have little or no commitment towards our society. Public life is seen as just another profession. Netaji would not have led the country to its present situation had he been alive today. He was a disciplinarian and believed in equal opportunity for all. He stood for communal harmony which he demonstrated in the Indian National Army- where there were Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and others who ate together, slept together and fought together. Women had equal status in the INA and fought next to their fellow men. The nation’s interest came first to Netaji above everything else”. Today, we can find no leader who are interested in following the ideology of Netaji Subhas.

Youths like me today, are increasing in numbers who have fallen into the inclusive ideology of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose for transforming India in Netaji’s way. Today, we have to change the society. Today, we have to strive to bring Unity among all classes of society and all communities too. Today, we have to urge the Government to declare 23rd January as Deshprem Diwas. Today, we have to take India towards Progress following the ideology of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Subhash Chandra Bose
Late Shree Subhash Chandra Bose (Neta Ji)

I end my essay by a short quote by Netaji – “I have no doubt in my mind that our chief national problems relating to the eradication of poverty, illiteracy, disease and the scientific production and distribution can be tackled only along socialistic lines” . Yes, today India has to follow the inclusive ideology of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to overcome serious problems of poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and Communalism to take India towards Progress and Unity.

Jai Hind!

Submitted by : Dyutimay Banerjee