Remembering Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s most famous quotes, on his birth anniversary

Remembering Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s most famous quotes, on his birth anniversary
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‘Netaji’, as he is fondly called by the masses, which means ‘venerated leader’, Subhas Chandra Bose was one of the leading figures in the Indian freedom struggle. While Indian freedom fighters adopted two different styles of protesting the colonial oppression, Netaji took up extremism as against the other non-violent approach.

In inspiring Indians with a powerful call to plunge into the freedom fight, Netaji was a powerful force during his lifetime to reckon with on the national stage. Netaji was born on January 23, 1897 and this day in January marks his birth anniversary. Here is a collection of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose quotes to inspire anyone.

Patriotism and sacrifice

Patriotism and sacrifice are at the heart of most quotes by Netaji. As he had always been telling the masses, he died in the service of the nation. Netaji’s dauntless spirit always wished for the country’s freedom and he always sought solace in fighting for the country’s freedom in every possible way.

He says, “We should have but one desire today – the desire to die so that India may live - the desire to face a martyr's death, so that the path to freedom may be paved with the martyr's blood.” For him, the love of nation was second to none and for his country he was always prepared to lay down everything he had.


Indian National Army

Netaji unified a band of patriotic Indians and created an army called the Indian National Army (INA). Assisted by the Japanese troops, INA marched forward to India on March 18, 1944 to seize the rule of the nation from the hands of the British Government. While this mission could not succeed, Netaji could leave a strong message to the British regarding the unrest building up among the countrymen and the need to give freedom to India at the soonest possibility.

In inspiring the masses, Netaji said, “It is only on the basis of undiluted Nationalism and of perfect justice and impartiality that the Indian Army of Liberation can be built up.”

Azad Hind Fauz, as the INA was called, was a great example to Netaji’s strong leadership qualities and organization abilities. While infusing courage into the hearts of his army men, Netaji once said, “When we stand, the Azad Hind Fauz has to be like a wall of granite; when we march, the Azad Hind Fauz has to be like a steamroller.”

Motivating the soldiers with the message of sacrifice, Netaji said, “Soldiers who always remain faithful to their nation, who are always prepared to sacrifice their lives, are invincible.”

Truth and justice

In all his messages, Netaji infused the importance of adhering to Truth and Justice. He always believed that the means should also justify the end. For him, there is no point in adopting untruthful and unjust routes even if the end is achieving a noble and worthy cause.

He said, “Reality is, after all, too big for our frail understanding to fully comprehend. Nevertheless, we have to build our life on the theory which contains the maximum truth.”

Stressing on the importance of honesty and adherence to virtues, Netaji said, “Forget not that the grossest crime is to compromise with injustice and wrong. Remember the eternal law: You must give, if you want to get.”

Netaji always remains a hero in the hearts of Indians inspiring them with his lofty thoughts and stupendous achievements. His staunch patriotism always keeps inspiring us, reminding us the duty we owe this nation. Readings of Netaji’s quotes, life and contribution to the freedom struggle will always be remembered and honored as the powerful example of patriotism and nationalism.

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