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Find all the quotes by Subhas Chandra Bose at one place on TheDailyQuotes. Whenever we speak of the Indian Independence movement, we talk of Subhas Chandra Bose. He was one of the most dynamic leaders of the Indian freedom movement, popularly known as Netaji. Born on 23rd January 1897 in Cuttack, Orissa to Janaki Nath Bose and Prabhavati Devi, being the ninth child of fourteen siblings. His father was a famous lawyer, and his mother was a very religious lady. Let’s see all Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose quotes now.

Quotes by Subhas Chandra Bose

One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.

Freedom is not given – it is taken.

No real change in history has ever been achieved by discussions.

It is our duty to pay for our liberty with our own blood. The freedom that we shall win through our sacrifice and exertions, we shall be able to preserve with our own strength.

Give me blood and I will give you freedom!

Nationalism is inspired by the highest ideals of the human race, satyam [the true], shivam [the god], sundaram [the beautiful]. Nationalism in India has … roused the creative faculties which for centuries had been lying dormant in our people.

Soldiers who always remain faithful to their nation, who are always prepared to sacrifice their lives, are invincible.

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.

India is calling Blood is calling to blood. Get up, we have no time to lose. Take up your arms ! we shall carve our way through the enemy’s ranks, or if God wills, we shall die a martyr’s death. And in our last sleep we shall kiss the road that will bring our Army to Delhi. The road to Delhi is the road to Freedom. Chalo Delhi (March to Delhi).

The secret of political bargaining is to look more strong than what you really are.

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.

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.

Comrades ! You have voluntarily accepted a mission that is the noblest that the human mind can conceive of. For the fulfillment of such a mission no sacrifice is too great, not even the sacrifice of one’s life. You are today the custodians of India’s national honour and the embodiment of India’s hopes and aspirations. So conduct yourself that your countrymen may bless you and posterity may be proud of you.

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.We cannot sit still because we cannot, or do not , know the Absolute Truth.

I have no doubt in my mind that our chief national problems relating to the eradication of poverty, illiteracy and disease and the scientific production and distribution can be tackled only along socialistic lines.The Very first thing that our future national government will have to do is to set up a commission for drawing up a comprehensive plan for reconstruction.

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.

As soldiers, you will always have to cherish and live up to the three ideals of faithfulness, duty and sacrifice. Soldiers who always remain faithful to their nation, who are always prepared to sacrifice their lives, are invincible. If you, too, want to be invincible, engrave these three ideals in the innermost core of your hearts.

At this unprecedented juncture in our history I have a word for you. Do not be disheartened by our temporary defeat ; be cheerful and optimistic. Above all, never lose your faith in the destiny of India. There is no power on earth which can keep India in bondage. India will be free and, that too, soon. JAl-HIND !

Gird up your loins for the task that now lies ahead. I had asked you for men, money and materials. I have got them in generous measure. Now I demand more of you. Men, money and materials cannot by themselves bring victory or freedom. We must have the motive-power that will inspire us to brave deeds and heroic exploits.

To all of you I would like to say that in the course of this war you will have to acquire the experience and achieve the success which alone can build up a national tradition for our Army. An army that has no tradition of courage, fearlessness and invincibility cannot hold its own in a struggle with a powerful enemy.

Let me remind you that you have a two-fold task to perform. With the force of arms and at the cost of your blood you will have to win liberty. Then, when India is free, you will have to organize the permanent army of Free India, whose task it will be to preserve our liberty for all time. We must build up our national defense on such an unshakable foundation that never again in our history shall we lose our freedom.

Life loses half its interest if there is no struggle-if there are no risks to be taken.

The embodiment of the past product of the present prophet of the future mystery still continues. but the end is near & it must be so.

For enslaved people, there can be no greater pride, no higher honour, than to be the first soldier in the army of liberation.

A true soldier needs both military and spiritual training.

About Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

From the beginning of his childhood, he was a bright student and had also topped the matriculation examination from Calcutta province. He was highly influenced by the teachings of Swami Vivekanand and graduated from the Scottish Church College in Kolkata, West Bengal with a First-Class degree in Philosophy. Even as a student, he was known for his patriotism. After his parent’s perusal and to fulfill their dream young Subhas Bose, went to England and appeared in the Indian Civil Services; however, the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre in Punjab moved him profoundly, and he left his Civil Services apprenticeship and returned to India.

Subhas Chandra Bose

Once he returned to India, he joined the Indan National Congress, which is where he started the newspaper Swaraj to motivate the youth and took complete charge of the Bengal Provincial Congress Committee under the mentorship of Chittaranjan Das who was also a spokesman for aggressive nationalism in Bengal. By the year 1923, Bose had become influential amongst the youth; his motivational messages resonated with them. Because of which he was elected as the President of All India Youth Congress and also appointed the Secretary of State for the Bengal State Congress. As his spirit and inspirational quotes gained popularity, he was also named to become the editor of “Forward”; which was founded by his mentor. Bose also worked as the CEO of Calcutta Municipal Corporation, when Chittaranjan Das was elected as the Mayor of Calcutta in 1924. In one of the roundups which happened in 1925, Bose was arrested sent to prison in Mandalay, where he contracted tuberculosis.

After two years of detention in prison, Subhash Chandra Bose was released in 1927 and became the general secretary of Congress Part and worked in close collaboration with Jawaharlal Nehru to free the country. One of his most memorable roles was as the general Officer Connading the Congress Volunteer Corps. Bose inspired a lot of young Indians, and a lot was being written about him. And Author Nirad Chaudhuri wrote about the meeting: “Bose organized a volunteer corps in uniform, its officers were even provided with steel-cut epaulets… his uniform was made by a firm of British tailors in Calcutta, Harman’s. A telegram addressed to him as GOC was delivered to the British General in Fort William and was the subject of a good deal of malicious gossip in the (British Indian) press. Mahatma Gandhi is a sincere pacifist vowed to non-violence, did not like the strutting, clicking of boots, and saluting, and he afterward described the Calcutta session of the Congress as a Bertram Mills circus, which caused a great deal of indignation among the Bengalis.”

In 1930, Shortly after this Bose was arrested again this time for civil disobedience, which leads to him becoming the Mayor Of Calcutta. This also led to the exile of Bose from India to Europe, and he took advantage of this opportunity, establishing ties between India and Europe, he did this by forming centers in various cities of Europe. For not obeying orders, he was jailed again; however, the victory of Congress in seven states in 1937, lead to his release. Eventually, he was elected as the president of Haripura Congress Session after which he took matters very seriously and asked the Britishers to free Indian in the coming six months.

His decisions were opposed, and he resigned from the post and after forming Forward Block, fled to Germany route Afganistan and tried everything in his power to convince Germany and Japan to push against the British Empire, after which in 1943, he formed the Azad Hind Fauj in Singapore, after his move from Germany. This ArmyArmy mainly comprised of Indians who were POW and this ArmyArmy then reached India via Burma on 18th March, 1944.

However, the objective of INA could not be completed as Japan and Germany were defeated in the Second World War and on 18th August 1945, was declared dead in an air crash accident. His death was a result of third-degree burns after the overloaded plane crashed in Japan ruled Formosa, now known as Taiwan; however, the people of Bengal refused to believe that he had passed away and various conspiracy theories have been brought to limelight ever since.

Since the Bose has been featured on many stamps across India and his legacy lives on. Stamps starting from 1964, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2016 and 2018 featured Neetaji. There have been many intuitions across the country that have been named after him, such as Ross Island is now known as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island. Neetaji has been respected a lot in Japan as well, so much so that on 23rd August 2007, Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe visited the Subhas Chandra Bose memorial hall in Kolkata. It is also quoted by Abe “The Japanese are deeply moved by Bose’s strong will to have led the Indian independence movement from British rule. Netaji is a much-respected name in Japan.”

It was clear that Bose had a very distinctive ideology, and he believed that the best option for India would be a democracy. People who are pro Bose and were motivated by his ideas suggest that; strict control of the Azad Hind was based on political pragmatism and a post-colonial doctrine.

However, at the time of war, Bose came to realize that no democratic system could be kind enough to overcome the complications of Indian poverty and social inequalities. He also mentioned overcoming such issues, a collective state similar to that of Soviet Russia would be required.

Neetaji lived his life to inspire and motivate the people of his country. He spent his entire life as a freedom fighter, revolutionary; just to witness his country and its people free from the clutches of the British empire and provide freedom to one and all.

Now, we shall end this article with two of his most famous motivational quotes:

“It is blood alone that can pay the price of freedom. Give me blood, and I will give you freedom!”

“Men, money, and materials cannot by themselves bring victory or freedom. We must have the motive-power that will inspire us to brave deeds and heroic exploits.”

– Subhas Chandra Bose Quotes –


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