BJP leader Chandra Kumar Bose, who is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s grand-nephew, on Thursday said if his party does not follow Netaji’s secular ideology to unify India, the country will disintegrate.
“The party must follow Netaji’s ideology to unify India where there is no place for religion. If it doesn’t, then the entire country will break into pieces. Subhash Chandra Bose united Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians in his Azad Hind Fauz (Indian National Army or INA)... I am also in the BJP and believe that religion is a personal thing, and those who don’t understand this are divisive forces,” Chandra told The Indian Express.
Chandra had unsuccessfully contested the Kolkata South Lok Sabha seat on a BJP ticket.
Earlier in the day, he appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to build a statue of Netaji and a memorial for the erstwhile INA in Delhi as a “proper” tribute to the freedom fighter. “It’s time the Government of India gives proper & befitting tribute to the Liberator of India and Azad Hind Fauj. Build a statue of Netaji at India Gate, INA Memorial on Rajpath, Delhi, and implement Netaji’s ideology to integrate all Bharatiyas. Take the Netaji mystery to its logical conclusion,” tweeted Chandra Kumar. He tagged the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in his tweet.
He said that he he will write a letter to the PMO on the same issue. “We (BJP) did Gandhi Sankalp yatra. I walked for six days, but didn’t get very good response. I don’t want to demean Gandhi, but I have a suggestion for PM that we should undertake Netaji Sankalpa Yatra across the country in the entire month of January,” he added.
Netaji had played an instrumental role in the Indian freedom struggle. After resigning from the Indian National Congress, he declared the formation of All India Forward Bloc on May 3, 1939 and later revamped INA to take on the British.
Netaji’s death or disappearance is still shrouded in mystery. Several reports have claimed that he had boarded a plane in Taiwan which crashed leading to his death. There is, however, no confirmation on his death as experts came up with different theories about his disappearance.
The Centre from time to time had constituted panels —the Shah Nawaz Committee in 1956, Khosla Commission in 1970 and Mukherjee Commisson in 2005 — to shed light on the mystery, but none could render any answer.