Netaji Statue Vandalised in West Bengal

 

In what could be found as a shameful act by few anti-national elements, a  statue of the great freedom fighter and lndian National Army founder Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was smeared with ink and vandalised in the Panchra village of Birbhum district in West Bengal on Tuesday. So what could possibly have gone wrong in the state which boasted of the proud heritage of the torchbearers and the stalwarts of the pre and post Independence era of the Indian history? What led to the nemesis of this so called golden land or “Sonar Bangla”, where the very ideals if freedom flourished?

According to sources on the 70th eve of our Independence Day, when a flag hoisting was scheduled to be conducted by the Panchayat officials of the Panchra village, a group of miscreants suddenly busted into the panchayat premises and unleashed their anti-national act in public. A case has been registered at the Khairasole police station against the miscreants who demolished the newly installed statue.

A similar incident occurred in Delhi when a 40-year-old statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was bulldozed to pave the way for the construction of Metro station, back in 2013.

This case stoked a lot of criticism from two social groups the Bhagat Kranti Sena and the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Yuvak Sabha, who raised their concerns stating that “Freedom fighters who are not related to the Gandhi family have always been ignored in our country. We will not endure any action which disrespects the honor of Netaji Subhas Bose.”

It was revealed that the site of the metro station was shifted 50 meters away from the original site where some Muslim relics were found. But the resultant site appeared to be the one where stood Netaji’s statue, which was ordered to be demolished. Isn’t it shameful, that we put forward the relics of a minority community before the honor of a towering leader like Subhash Chandra Bose? In May 2017 a PIL was filed seeking incorporation of Netaji’s photograph on currency notes of all denominations. The petition was filed by a city resident Prithwish Dasgupta, saying,” Even though Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi immensely contributed to the Indian freedom struggle, the organizational and leadership skills of Netaji are equally commendable of heroic worship.

In May 2017 a PIL was filed seeking incorporation of Netaji’s photograph on currency notes of all denominations. The petition was filed by a city resident Prithwish Dasgupta, saying,” Even though Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi immensely contributed to the Indian freedom struggle, the organizational and leadership skills of Netaji are equally commendable of heroic worship.

Even the communists derided Netaji for a long period for his alliance with the axis powers during World War  II and demeaning his credentials in the freedom struggle.

It’s painful to see how time and again the image of such national hero has been tarnished for gaining political mileage. In June 2016 after the declassification of Netaji files, following a series of investigation by the Mukherjee commission, JD Khosla Committee and Shah Nawaz committee, the BJP declared that Netaji dies of a plane crash in Taiwan in the year 1945. Wasn’t such an action irresponsible and selfish on behalf of the Sangh Parivar or the saffron brigade?

It’s certainly a sad state of affairs to see how some bigots can go ahead and destroy such prestigious sculptures for their selfish motives and bring dishonor to the nation on such an auspicious eve of Independence Day. Where is that lost glory of Bengal, where echoed the fiery speeches of some great philosophers and leaders like Vivekananda, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, Deshbandhu CR Dass, Khudiram Bose and Subhash Chandra Bose? As India ushers into the 70th year of its independence, it’s time to shun partisan politics and look forward to a unified India to restore peace and development.

Now what we can really go brainstorming is on the fact whether this was again a politically motivated act to trigger tension in the region, as Bengal and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee juggles with the floods, Balkanisation of Bengal in the hills and harboring communal sentiments in Dhulagarh, Bashirhat, and Kaliachak. Could this be a BJP instigated the move to bring to notice how pathetic the situation in Bengal is, with an urgent need for change in governance? or is this a dastardly act of some political goons who can hanker themselves to any party slogan when required?

Whatever be the reason the culprits should be brought to book for such a disgraceful act of smothering the statue of our national hero, the pioneer who coined some of the fiery slogans like “Jai Hind” and “Give me blood I’ll give you freedom,”.

 

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