A national seminar focusing on communal harmony will be the first major public event to be organized by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s family members in Kolkata in 2016. The family is looking forward to the declassification of secret Central Government files on Netaji beginningJanuary 23, his birth anniversary.
This topic of communal harmony was evidently close to the heart of the Bose brothers---Subhas Chandra Bose and Sarat Chandra Bose and also his nephew Amiya Nath Bose, who was a close confidante, political ally and trusted envoy of the Bose brothers. “Everybody knows that Netaji’s great escape from Kolkata to Kabul was orchestrated by close aides who were Muslims in 1941. Netaji’s thoughts on the subject of communal harmony were also penned in his first autobiographical book, Pebbles on a Sea Shore written from Mandalay prison. Netaji had also ordered that the Indian National army(INA) have acommon kitchen or langar. Both Subhas and Sarat Chandra Bose fought valiantly against the Partition of India on religious lines which unfortunately the Congress had acceeded to”, Abhijit Roy, Sarat Chandra Bose’s grandson, told Millennium Post.
Interestingly, the seminar will also mark the centenary celebrations of Amiya Nath Bose, the second son of Sarat Chandra Bose and Bivabati Bose and beloved nephew of Subhas Chandra Bose. “From an early age, my father Amiya Nath fully imbibed the ideals of Netaji and Sarat Bose. He worked for and with them as a young man, and throughout his lifetime did what he could to ensure that the Bose brothers were accorded their proper place in history and that their legacy lived on”, said Madhuri Bose, Subhas Chandra Bose’s grandniece and Amiya Nath’s daughter.
Amiya Bose, who made his own contribution to the new India born out of the freedom struggle, as a barrister-at-law and as an elected representative to the national Parliament, the Lok Sabha. He was also an ambassador of India to Burma (now Myanmar) and passed away in January 1996, just days after delivering what was to be his final lecture on the Bose brothers at Presidency College, Kolkata.
The seminar will be held on January 25, 2016 at the Rotary Sadan in the city. Speakers will include well-known journalists, politicians and students.