Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s address at Parakram Divas celebrations in Kolkata to commemorate Netaji’s 125th Jayanti

  • My arrival in Kolkata today is a very emotional moment for me. Since childhood, whenever I heard this name, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
  • It permeated a new energy in me, no matter in which situation I was. Such a towering personality that words fall short to describe him! He had such a deep foresight that one has to take several births to comprehend it.
  • He had so much morale and courage even in a formidable situation that the world’s greatest challenge also could not deter him.
  • I bow down to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and salute him. And I salute the mother, Prabhadevi Ji, who gave birth to Netaji.
  • Today, that hallowed day is completing 125 years. On this day 125 years ago, the brave son who gave a new direction to the dream of a free India was born in the lap of Mother Bharati.
  • On this day, in the darkness of slavery, a consciousness rose and stood in front of the world’s greatest power and said, “I will not ask you for freedom, I will take away freedom.”
  • On this day, Netaji Subhas was not born alone, but India’s new self-pride was born; India’s new military prowess was born.
  • Today, on the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji, I salute this great man on behalf of the grateful nation.
  • Friends, Today, I respectfully salute this virtuous land of Bengal for making the child Subhas into Netaji, and chiseling his life with austerity, sacrifice and forbearance.
  • The great men like Gurudev Shri Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Sharad Chandra have infused this virtuous land with the spirit of patriotism.
  • Friends, Earlier, I visited the National Library, where an international conference and artist camp on Netaji’s legacy is being organised.
  • I experienced how much energy everyone is filled with when they hear Netaji’s name as if this energy of Netaji’s life is connected with their inner mind!
  • His energy, the ideals, his austerity, his sacrifice is a great inspiration for every youth of the country.
  • Today, when India is moving ahead with Netaji’s inspiration, it is our duty that we remember his contribution all the time. It should be remembered generation by generation.
  • Therefore, the country has decided to celebrate Netaji’s 125 birth anniversary with historic and unprecedented grandeur events.
  • Since morning today, various programmes are being held in every nook and corner of the country.
  • As part of this, a commemorative coin and a postage stamp have been issued in memory of Netaji today.
  • A book on Netaji’s letters has also been released. An exhibition and project mapping show on Netaji’s life is starting at Kolkata in Bengal, which has been his ‘karmabhoomi’.
  • The ‘Howrah-Kalka Mail’, which runs from Howrah, has also been renamed as Netaji Express. The country has also decided that we will celebrate Netaji’s birth anniversary, i.e.