Parakram Divas is celebrated in India on January 23 every year. It is celebrated to honor freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary. This day is also called ‘Courage Day’ which recognizes his contributions and efforts to India’s freedom struggle. He is one of the most celebrated freedom fighters in India.
The Government of India on the 125th birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose decided January 23rd will be an annual observance day. It commemorates his birth anniversary and calls it ‘Parakram Divas’. The purpose of the day is to inspire the youth of India, to exhibit courage in the face of adversities at all times. It is to instill patriotic fervor in them by honoring Netaji’s selfless service to the nation.
Netaji’s Indomitable spirit will live in each one of us
Subhash Chandra Bose popularly known as ‘Netaji’ was born on January 23rd, 1897 in Cuttack, Odisha. Netaji was always passionate about learning and education from a very young age. He finished his schooling and went to Calcutta for higher studies. He completed his degree in Philosophy from Presidency College.
Netaji always aspired to get into civil services to work for the nation. Civil services were made difficult for the Indians under British rule. Netaji went to England in 1919 and cleared the exam with the highest marks for an Indian. He joined the civil service but resigned in 1921 as he refused to work for the British when India was preparing its fight for Independence.
Netaji returned to India and joined the Indian National Congress. He worked under Chittaranjan Das, who was his political mentor. Netaji was deeply inspired by Swami Vivekananda and his ideologies. He worked closely with the youth wing of the Indian National Congress (I.N.C.) and in 1923 he became the President of the All India Youth Congress.
Subhash Chandra Bose served as President of the Indian National Congress in 1938 and 1939. Later he formed own party ‘All India Forward Bloc’ based on his ideologies and principles. During the Second World War, Netaji formed and led an army known as the ‘Azad Hind Fauj’ with nearly 5,000 soldiers and gave the slogan ‘Dilli Chalo’.
Subhash Chandra Bose was one of the most remembered freedom fighters for his valor and courage. He was the one who instilled deep patriotic feelings of Independence for India among the people. He started the newspaper ‘Swaraj’ and also wrote a book ‘The Indian Struggle’ which covers the Independence movement vastly from 1920 to 1942.
Netaji will always be remembered for his famous slogans which inspired the people during the national movement. He coined the term ‘Jai Hind’ and also gave the famous slogan ‘ Give me blood and I will give you freedom’.
The Government of India confirmed Netaji’s death in 2017, he died in a plane crash in 1945. There are several conspiracy theories attached to his death and how he died but the truth will never be completely known to the common people.
Subhash Chandra Bose stands as a true inspiration and a noble leader for all the youth in our country. His determination and the fight for our country’s Independence will be honored forever in the history of the freedom struggle. Netaji’s fight against the British gives us tremendous courage to stand tall against all the adversities life may put us through. Netaji instills a sense of patriotism in our hearts to fight for the country and reminds us of our duty to cherish and protect our country.