Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was a Indian nationalist and leader of an independence movement during the 1930’s and 40’s. In order to fight against British imperialism in India, he sought the support of Germany and Japan during World War II to gain enough footing to establish a provisional Indian government and army. Though he led this army ‘ called the Azad Hind ‘ with unmatched fervor, his attempts ultimately failed. While Bose’s rebellion against Britain was unsuccessful, he aroused a feeling of national pride among the people and paved the way for future movements towards independence in India.
‘One individual may die for an idea; but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives. That is how the wheel of evolution moves on and the ideas and dreams of one nation are bequeathed to the next.”
An ideological movement will not last just one lifetime. Though the person that promoted the idea may meet their end, the idea will last as long as people are paying attention to it.
‘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.’
Truth is unobtainable for human beings. We are far too small to understand the big picture of life. We know nothing. The best we can do is try to construct some sort of understanding to the best of our ability.
‘Freedom is not given, it is taken.”
Freedom is never handed to the people from those in power. The people being subjugated must always rise up to take their freedom from those attempting to control them.
‘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’
People must pull together to solve the numerous amount of social problems that every nation has. No problem on a societal level can be solved by only a caring few.
‘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.’
A great army must have these impenetrable qualities, particularly when going up against well-trained forces.
‘For the present, I can offer you nothing except hunger, thirst, privation, forced marches and death. But if you follow me in life and in death, as I am confident you will, I shall lead you to victory and freedom. It does not matter who among us will live to see India free. It is enough that India shall be free and that we shall give our all to make her free.’
False promises are not made in this rousing political quote. The path to freedom and independence is a difficult one. It is not paved with milk and honey and happiness. However, all of the work ultimately pays off. Though you are putting yourself through misery, you are doing so for a greater cause, and that in and of itself is worth it.
‘Nationalism is inspired by the highest ideals of the human race, satyam [the truth], shivam [the God], sundaram [the beautiful].’
A passionate love for ones country is founded in the belief that ones country is the ultimate nation selected by God to become great and glorious. It is a belief fully rooted in societal structure and organization.
‘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.’
This quote glorifies martyrdom and the idea of dyeing for a greater cause.
‘Remember that the greatest crime is to compromise with injustice and wrong.’
It is easy to go with the flow because you aren’t stirring the pot. But it is wrong to be a bystander when an individual or government is committing atrocities. Bystanders to wrongdoing are the ultimate wrongdoers.
‘A true soldier needs both military and spiritual training.’
Though the ability to be a great tactician and fighter are both essential skills for a soldier, a soldier must ultimately be willing to die for something greater than himself. This often requires a stolid belief in some sort of spiritual entity.
‘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.’
Here Bose thanks the people of India that have joined his revolution and given him everything. Then asks for more, imploring them to be strong and devoted to the cause not just through their wallets, but through their actions and wills.
‘No real change in history has ever been achieved by discussions.’
At times, political oppression becomes so great that the problem can only be solved with violence. History is made of wars and conflict because that it how change happens. Discussions can only achieve so much.
‘For an enslaved people, there can be no greater pride, no higher honour, than to be the first soldier in the army of liberation. ‘
When a group of people feel oppressed, they will line themselves up to die for a cause. The greatest glory comes to the first that fall.
‘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.’
If you are willing to die for a cause without regard to your own wants or desires, that is as close as you can get to invincibility. Even if your physical body is killed, your efforts and ideas will live on.
‘You give me your blood and I will give you Independence!’
Independence is rarely obtained through peaceful means. Conflict is often the only way to gain freedom or revolution.