Although the freedom fighters of our nation who sacrificed their lives for the country and its people will be remembered, praised, respected forever, but on this 69th Republic Day, we take this honor to commemorate the forefathers and freedom fighter of our nation, because of whom, today our country and we people are free to imagine and build our nation anew. Few examples of such heroes are Subhash Chandra Bose, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Bhagat Singh, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Chadrashekhar Azad; while on the other hand, there are many brave females of our country who have left their footprints for us to follow the path of justice, encouraged her to fight for our rights, and bring a positive change. Chennamma, the Rani of Kittur; Lakshmibai of Jhansi; Matangini Hazra are few examples.
Those who are already serving their country as Civil Servant and those who are preparing to become one must know that Subhash Chandra Bose, also known as Netaji, was not only one of the prominent leaders of Indian Independence Movement against British Raj, but he also appeared for Civil Services Examination in 1920, and bagged All India 2nd Rank. However, he soon resigned from the service in 1921 and went on to become an active member of India’s Independence movement.
Subhash Chandra Bose felt that young militant groups could be molded into a military arm of the freedom movement and used to further the cause. Gandhiji opposed this ideology because it directly conflicted with his policy of ahimsa (non-violence). The British Government in India perceived Subhash as a potential source of danger and had him arrested without any charge on October 25, 1924. He was sent to Alipore Jail, Calcutta and in January 25, 1925 transferred to Mandalay, Burma. He was released from Mandalay in May, 1927 due to his ill health. Upon return to Calcutta, Subhash was elected President of the Bengal Congress Committee on October 27, 1927.
All these freedom fighters have made innumerable sacrifices which is next to impossible to pen down here, but why we chose Subhash Chandra Bose Ji to write about is because he was a part of Civil Services too, therefore, the ones who are aiming for Civil Services or are already into the services must acknowledge those sacrifices made by the heroes, and follow their footsteps while working for the welfare of the people living in our society and nation.
We were always blessed with revolutionary leaders who guided our country when it required the most. Gandhiji, struggled for freedom and reformation, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose exhorted people by saying “Give me blood and I will give you freedom”, Nehruji made us realize that India’s traditions and age-old heritage could co-exist with technology and a quest to modernize our society, Sardar Patel instilled in us the importance of national unity and integrity, Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar urged upon us the virtues of constitutional governance, of the rule of law – and of the vital need for education.
These are just few examples, that generation gave a lot more to our country. Today, our nation needs such pure and brave souls again. In this free nation, the women are still not free! It is estimated that more than 70 percent of women in the country have experienced sexual abuse. Our country is still not free from crime, molestation, gambling, child labour, abuse or child trafficking. While acknowledging the sacrifices our heroes have made, let’s take the responsibility to fight for the rights of our nation and bring a positive change.
We need to draw inspiration from such brave freedom fighters, many of whom sacrificed even their lives for the country. We need to invoke the same spirit today in the task of nation building. We wish our current administrators and upcoming nation builder good luck and expect from them to fight for the rights and make India a better country to live in.
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