Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was the biggest inspiration for ‘Sonar Bangla’ and for the dream of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. Speaking at the ‘Parakram Diwas’ event making 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Victoria Memorial here, The PM said the role which was played by the late freedom fighter in securing independence, West Bengal has to play it in the campaign for self-reliant India. He said people of the country, especially the youth, should learn from the life of Netaji and noted that relentless pursuit of goals by the late freedom fighter inspires him a lot.
“Netaji is the biggest inspiration for Sonar Bangla and the dream of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The role Netaji played in the country’s independence, the same role West Bengal has to play in the campaign for self-reliant India, “the PM said. “Aatmanirbhar Bengal’ and ‘Sonar Bengal’ have also to lead Aatmanirbhar Bharat campaign. Bengal should progress, enhance its prestige and increase the prestige of the country. Like Netaji, we too have not to stop before the realisation of our pledges,” he added.
He said, during World War II when some countries had suffered defeat and were surrendering, Netaji had told his colleagues that other countries may have surrendered “but we will not do so.” He said if Netaji was alive today, he would have got a lot of satisfaction witnessing the changes that are happening in the country and how the new India is taking shape.