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Subhas Chandra Bose (1897-1945) was an Indian nationalist leader and a key figure in the Indian independence movement against British rule. He was born in Cuttack, Orissa, in British India. Bose is widely regarded as a prominent and influential figure in the struggle for India’s independence.

Bose initially aligned with the Indian National Congress, the primary political party advocating for Indian independence. However, he became disillusioned with its methods, which he deemed too passive, and eventually founded the Forward Bloc in 1939, advocating for more radical measures to achieve independence.

During World War II, Bose sought foreign assistance to gain India’s independence and eventually found support in Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. He organized the Indian National Army (INA) with the help of these powers, which comprised Indian prisoners of war and civilian volunteers living in Southeast Asia. The INA played a significant role in the fight against the British in Southeast Asia during the war.  Bose’s actions during this time remain controversial, as his collaboration with Axis powers led some to criticize his methods. However, many Indians viewed him as a hero who sacrificed much in the fight against British colonialism.

Bose’s fate remains shrouded in mystery. He reportedly died in a plane crash in Taiwan in 1945, though some theories suggest that he may have survived and lived under an assumed identity. Regardless, Subhas Chandra Bose’s legacy as a nationalist leader and his contribution to the Indian independence movement remain deeply influential in Indian history and continue to inspire generations of Indians.


“Give me blood and I will give you freedom!” – subhash chandra bose

“When we stand, the Azad Hind Fauj has to be like a wall of granite; when we march, the Azad Hind Fauj has to be like a steamroller.” – subhash chandra bose

“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.”- subhash chandra bose

“It is only on the basis of undiluted nationalism and of perfect justice and impartiality that the Indian Army of Liberation can be built up.” – subhash chandra bose

“One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.” – subhash chandra bose

“Freedom is not given – it is taken” – subhash chandra bose

“Soldiers who always remain faithful to their nation, who are always prepared to sacrifice their lives, are invincible.” – subhash chandra bose

“No real change in history has ever been achieved by discussions.” – subhash chandra bose


“The secret of political bargaining is to look more strong than what you really are.” – subhash chandra bose

Life loses half its interest if there is no struggle- if there are no risks to be taken” – subhash chandra bose


“Forget not that the grossest crime is to compromise with injustice and wrong. Remember the eternal law: you must give, if you want to get.”- subhash chandra bose


“Men, money, and materials cannot by themselves bring victory or freedom. We must have the motive-power that will inspire us to do brave deeds and heroic exploits.” – subhash chandra bose

“Never lose your faith in the destiny of India. There is no power on Earth which can keep India in bondage. India will be free, and that too, soon.”- subhash chandra bose

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