Netaji is an inspiration for youth – Prof. H.G. Natarajan

Kollegal, January 28, 2020: “Give me blood, I will give you independence,” these are the words of Bengal tiger, patriot, hero, gallant, freedom fighter, soldier Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. His courage, spirit is a huge inspiration for the youth,” opined Prof. H.G. Natarajan, HoD, Department of History, JSS Women’s College, Kollegal.

He participated in a lecture programme on Lala Lajpathroy and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Jayanthi and Concept of Independence in the Eyes of Netaji, held at the JSS Women’s College in Kollegal.

“Right from his childhood days, Netaji was greatly inspired by Swami Vivekananda and Maharshi Aravind’s literature. He would have opposed the division of the country if he was alive. It was his thought that India should be given unconditional and complete independence. In fact, he started the struggle for freedom even before Mahatma Gandhiji. It was his view that we should get independence through revolutionary struggle. He strongly believed that the non-violence concept of Mahatma Gandhiji wasn’t enough and hence he used to defend that physical struggle is required to get independence. His struggle is one of the main reasons for us to get independence,” he added.

“January 28, is the birthday of Lala Lajpathroy. He was known as the ‘Punjab Lion’. He jumped into the national movement through Arya Samaj. Inspired by Dayananda Saraswathi, he had his vision for the national movement and development of the country. While on the one hand he thought about agriculture and industrial development and on the other hand he had a different view of the national movement. Along with Balagangadhar Tilak, he created awareness among the people about Swadeshi movement and Swarajya. Inspired by Myujini Shivaji he fought for India’s independence in his way. He also established the Punjab National Bank, Lakshmi Insurance Company in India and the National College in Lahore. He was arrested for his newspaper articles in the year 1907. Later he was released after six months due to pressure and struggle by the public. He visited several countries including America and England and created vox populi about the freedom struggle. He opposed Mahatma Gandhi’s way of struggle and joined the Swarajya party. He also served as the president of the Hindu Mahasabha and AITUC. He laid down his life on November 17, 1928, due to physical assault by the British police officer,” he explained.

Prof. Umesh, Prof. Sampath, and others were present.