His vision remains relevant, says Surjya Kanta Mishra

The contribution of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to the freedom struggle of the country has not been given due recognition by the Centre, said Polit Bureau member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Surjya Kanta Mishra here on Thursday.

 He was speaking at an event organised by Netaji Janmajayanti Committee of the All India Forward Bloc to commemorate the 117th birth anniversary of Netaji.

Need to create awareness

 “Our demand is that the contribution of Netaji to the freedom struggle be given recognition at the national level to enable the present generation to know about it,” he said.

 “At a time when the problems faced by women and minorities are waiting to be addressed adequately, Bose’s far-reaching vision to include Hindus, Muslims and women in the Indian National Army remains equally relevant,” he said.

 There is very little mention of those who have laid down their lives in the armed struggle for Independence, Dr. Mishra added.

Chairperson of the State Left Front Committee Biman Bose accused the UPA government and the West Bengal government of not paying heed to the demand to observe Bose’s birth anniversary as “Deshaprem Divas.”

The India which Netaji dreamt of was very different from that of the present.

Left Front leaders, including the former Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, and Mr. Biman Bose, paid homage to Netaji at his statue.