Parakram Diwas 2021: Know the significance behind the celebration across the country

23rd January 2021 is the 125th birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose who is regarded as one of India's greatest freedom fighters. Given Below is the significance behind the nationwide celebration of Parakram Diwas 2021.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Jan 23, 2021 10:56 IST
Parakram Diwas 2021: Know the significance behind the celebration across the country
Parakram Diwas 2021

23rd January 2021 marks the 125th birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose who is regarded as one of India's greatest freedom fighters.PM Modi will visit Kolkata, the birthplace of Bose to pay his respects to the great leader."I hope we all participate in PM Modi's decision to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose & especially educate children & youth about Netaji's life. May lakhs of children take inspiration from his life & contribute in the development of the country" said Home Minister Amit Shah after paying floral tribute to Subhash Chandra Bose.

Subhas Chandra Bose was born on 23 January 1897 (at 12.10 pm) in Cuttack, Orissa Division, Bengal Province, to Prabhavati Dutt Bose and Janakinath Bose, an advocate belonging to a Bengali Kayastha family. Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar stated that the decision to celebrate 23rd January as 'Parakram Diwas' was taken to honor and remember Netaji's indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation.

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, although respected by the majority of Indians for his contribution to the cause of freedom had some controversial legacy attached to his name. Netaji in his early days was a follower of Jawahar Lal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi, he also believed in the nonviolent and political struggle for the freedom of India, but later on, after observing the treatment of Indians by the British colonial government, his stance took a complete 180-degree turn.

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During the prominent years of Netaji's Struggle, armed resistance against colonial powers was growing rapidly around the world, Netaji believed that only militant struggle can bring India's independence from the colonial British Raj. For this purpose, he formed alliances with Axis Powers during world war 2 and he also met Adolf Hitler in 1942. Although it is widely believed that Netaji's never believed nor supported extremist ideologies of Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan.

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Netaji also formed "Azad Hind Fauj" in 1942 with the help of Empire Japan to fight British Raj. It was reported that Subhas Chandra Bose's death occurred from third-degree burns on 18 August 1945 after his overloaded Japanese plane crashed in Japanese-ruled Formosa (now Taiwan), however, this claim has been challenged by many historians.

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