Rashbhehari Basu is one of the unsung heroes of the Indian freedom struggle. He was one of the founding members of the Ghadar Mutiny and later the Indian National Army.
Bose was born on 25th May 1886 in a village Subaldaha, Purba Bardhaman district in West Bengal. He got involved in the revolution against the British from a very early age and was implicated in the Alipore bomb case. After release from jail, he went to Dehradun join as a head clerk at the Forest Research Institute.
It was from here that he commenced his revolutionary activities. In an attempt to show his disapproval of the British, Bose involved himself in an attempt to assassinate Lord Harding, the Viceroy of India.
On the 26th December 1941 Basu, as the President of the Indian Independence League had declared war against the British from Tokyo and this was a turning point in the struggle for India’s independence, as from that date the Indian National Army developed and expanded with great vigour.
He passed away in Japan on the 21st January 1945 at the age of 60years. Japanese Government honoured him with ‘Second order of the Merit of the Rising Sun’.
The Post and Telegraphs Department issued a special postage stampin honour of Rashbehari Basu on the 26th December 1967.
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