Kolkata: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said India remembers Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose with a lot of affection and his “bravery and valour will be remembered for ages”.
Mr Shah today attended ‘Shauryanjali Programme’ which is a tribute to icons of Bengal at National Library here and motivated youth to read about the life of Netaji.
He asked the youth of the country to read about the life of Bose and his struggles.
Without taking the names, the Union Home Minister slammed the Congress, saying, “There have been various occasions where people tried not to enlighten but to mark Netaji as a forgotten Hero. But the committee formed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will ensure that the people will pay their homage to this great leader generation after generation”.
Like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in several speeches that every student should read ‘Taruner Swapno’ by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Mr Shah also echoed her voice.
He said, “The youth of the country must read on and about Netaji a lot. All Indians should look to Netaji for inspiration.”
“I want to say to the youth of the country that you should read about the life of Subhas Chandra Bose. His life journey will teach you a lot. A committee has been constituted under the Prime Minister to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji,” the Home Minister said.
“The Centre has made a committee under PM’s leadership which will decide how to pay rightful tribute to Netaji’s contribution – so that generations remember him for time immemorial,” he said.
He said Bose’s popularity was evident when he twice became president of the Congress, once after defeating the candidate of Mahatma Gandhi.
In today’s event, Mr Shah also flagged off a bicycle rally that will follow three different routes to reach the homes of heroes of India’s freedom movement.
He also inaugurated an exhibition based on numerous unsung heroes of Bengal at the National Library premises.