Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said several attempts have been made to forget the contributions of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose but it continues to inspire generations. Shah, who is on a two day visit in the poll-bound West Bengal said the country remembers Netaji with great affection and his bravery and valour will be remembered for ages. All Indians should look to Netaji for inspiration, he added. The Home Minister was speaking at a gathering after attending the Shauryanjali Program at the National Library in Kolkata.
Everyone remembers Netaji as fondly today as they did yesterday. The Centre has made a committee to pay a rightful tribute to Netaji.
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Shah said despite being a brilliant student and cracking the ICS, Bose left his job and joined the freedom struggle just to drive home the message that the country was more important to him than a comfortable life under the British rule.
The Home Minister said Bose’s popularity was evident when became president of the Congress twice, after defeating the candidate of Mahatma Gandhi. Netaji is still remembered, loved and respected by people like he was many, many years ago. His indomitable spirit still inspires people, he said.
The home minister asked the youth of the country to read about the life of the freedom fighter and his freedom struggles. Only a young generation that knows history can build a strong nation, he said. He also inaugurated the Biplabi Bangla exhibition on the life of freedom fighters from Bengal like Khudiram Bose and Rash Behari Bose, and flagged off a cycle rally.