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Lessons in Leadership: Essay on my favorite personality in English

by Anindita Dey

Being an Indian and a Bengali, I cannot imagine any other person as my favorite personality other than Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The image of a true leader that I have in my mind is his. He can be placed among the true patriots who fought for the country and made his place in history for his contribution to Indian freedom fighting.

Early life

Born on the 23rd of January 1897, in Cuttack to Pravabati Devi and Janakinath Bose. His father was an advocate by profession and wanted him to join the same profession as he was a brilliant student from childhood.

Early life netaji

He completed his bachelor’s in1918 in Philosophy from Presidency College, Kolkata. He followed Swami Vivekananda and believed in his teachings. His patriotic personality started to come out from his childhood when he was just a student.

He refrained from the Indian Freedom Struggle due to his parent’s wishes. They wanted him to prepare for Indian Civil Services and sent him to England for the same. He got selected but did not want to work under the British Government.

He resigned from the civil services on the 23rd of April, 1921, and went back to India as soon as he heard about the problems that India was facing because of British rule.

His contributions toward India’s Independence

After coming back, Subhas Chandra Bose joined the Indian National Congress and started working under Mahatma Gandhi. He also worked with Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das and, within a short span, acknowledged him as his Guru and was deeply impressed and influenced by his work.

His contributions toward India’s Independence

He played an immense role in influencing the laborers, students, and youths. His vision was to make India a federal, republic, and independent nation.

In 1938 he was made the President of the Indian National Congress. He was the head of the youth wing of the party. He was extremely skillful and was also a big part of the trade union movement.

He was again reelected as the President of the Indian National Congress, but this was a short rein as his ideologies did not match with Mahatma Gandhi, and he resigned.

Bose was put under house arrest by the British government because of his opposition. In 1941 he left the country for seeking help from the Europe government against the British. Not only the Europeans but also got us support from the Russians and Germans as well.

In 1943, Netaji went to Japan as they gave their contract against in appeal. It was in Japan where Netaji started the formation of the Indian National Army. Most importantly, he formed a temporary government.

He took over the Indian National Army or the Azad Hind Fauj in Singapore. He formed this by gathering mainly the prisoners with the support of Japan. After that, they took over Imphal and Kohima from the British government. This is how he got the army inside India and made a solid plan to root the British empire out.  

The bombings of August 1945 in Hiroshima changed history altogether. Japan surrendered. The defeat of Germany and Japan in World War II forced INA to pull back, and their objective could not be fulfilled.

But Netaji refused to surrender without a fight and made an escape. The plane crashed, and due to the mysterious circumstances, it was considered that Netaji died on the 18th of August,1945 due to the plane crash.

His ideologies

Subhas Chandra Bose wanted complete freedom for India, whereas the Congress Committee wanted freedom in phases. They wanted to achieve that by Dominion status.

Netaji's ideologies

Besides, Bose was elected as the President of the Indian National Congress for two successive terms. But there were differences in ideologies between Gandhiji and Netaji. Because of this, he resigned from the committee. He did not believe in the on-violence approach that Gandhiji had.

He took advantage of the Second World War against the British government. He inspired the youth in a way nobody else could. He said, “give me blood and I will give you freedom,” and that inspired the youth. They were tired of the torture and wanted freedom at any cost. Netaji was the leader who promised them that.

The unsung hero

The unsung hero

His selfless contributions to India’s Freedom movement and forming the Azad Hind Fauj are among the few things that this country cannot forget. His struggle was highlighted during the Civil Disobedience Movement, and he was also arrested for the same. He was arrested 11 times.

During his speech to inspire the army, he gave slogans that Indians will never forget. His slogans like “Delhi Chalo,” “Jai Hind,” and “give me blood, and I will give you freedom” are still very much alive in the Indian mind.

He was the perfect fit to lead young India and bring freedom to the country. He sacrificed in whole life for the country and did not even think about anything else for a split second. He could have had a bright future in England, but he chose to live for his country and died for his country in the end.

Due to his dedication and hard work, Mahatma Gandhi called him a “Patriot of Patriots.” the love he had for his motherland and the leadership he showed for the people got him the title of ‘Netaji,’ which described him the way he should be.

He will live in the hearts of the people forever. Even today, when people want to give an example of a rebellious person who would do anything for this country, his name comes up. He will be remembered forever as the Hero who contributed his life to India.

His ideologies might be different, but in the end, those worked the way he wanted, even if he didn’t get to see that. There is a controversy about his death. Some say he died in the plane crash, and some say he didn’t. This is a topic that can be discussed another day.

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