A group of Bharatiya patriots have put up a petition addressed to the President of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding to change India’s Independence Day to October 21st from the current 15th August. They made a strong pitch for the change of date to mark the day when the Provisional Government of Free India was established at Singapore in 1943 by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the indomitable, valiant and most popular freedom fighter of India.
The petition argues that any nation can free itself from colonial enslavement only by the sacrifice of its patriots in an armed freedom struggle as Netaji’s Azad Hind Fauj also known as the Indian National Army (INA) did. The petition cites that out of the total nearly 60,000 strong force of the INA, 26,000 of them gave their supreme sacrifice to free India while battling the colonial British forces.
Pertinently, it was this sacrifice of the INA, including scores of women in their ranks, which triggered a million mutinies in the British Indian Army and Royal Navy making it unsustainable for the British to hold India any longer and was pivotal in freeing India from colonial rule.
The petition also makes a case against celebrating 15th August, 1947 as the Independence Day as this was the day when India was dismembered by the colonial British rulers on an illegal demand for a separate theocratic State by Islamists.
The petition has been drafted by Hindustan Republican and put up on 21st October 2019 in change.org for garnering support from self-respecting freedom loving proud Bharatiyas.
Produced below is the verbatim content of the petition for the benefit of the readers.
Your Excellency Rashtrapati Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji
Your Excellency Pradhan Mantri Shri Narendra Modi ji
We the undersigned, citizens of the great land that Bharat is, along with its millions of children that live throughout the world petition your high offices to change the Independence Day of Bharat from August 15th to October 21st. On this day in 1943, the Provisional Government of Free India was established in Singapore by our beloved freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The case for October 21st being the Independence Day is bolstered by the fact that the principal instrument of the Provisional Government of Free India was the Azad Hind Fauj, India’s National Army (INA) at that time. Approximately 60,000 Indian soldiers served in Azad Hind Fauj, out of which 26,000 sacrificed their lives. The case for Oct. 21st as India’s Independence Day is founded on the armed resistance as an instrumentality of Independence, which every slave nation must go through. Nations do not become free without paying a price with blood. The Tree of Liberty must necessarily be watered by the blood of its patriots. And this is what veterans of INA precisely did. Inspired by the visionary leadership of Netaji, man after man, and woman after woman of INA laid their lives for the liberation of India. If India is free today, it is because of the blood of INA veterans.
Your excellencies, sirs, there is a solid case against August 15th being the Independence Day of India. This is the day when India did not become independent, it is the day when India was vivisected. This is the day when a moth-eaten India came out of the historical process of colonialism. The pseudo-leaders who begged and negotiated current India’s borders with the leaving British colonialist managed to lose much of Bharat territory. They lost Bharat’s territory to the theological children of an expansionist and colonialist Prophet who had declared conquest of India enshrined in the Hadiths as Ghazwa-i-Hind, long before the current colonialist had set its foot on Indian soil. Losing territory to a colonialist is not called freedom. So why should we continue with the facade of celebrating Aug. 15th as Independence Day?
To reiterate our prayer, as India is free today it must have an Independence Day. And the date that is truly deserving to be Free India’s Independence Day is October 21st. We the children of Free India, from all corners of the world, demand that a grave historical error be fixed, and Netaji and his INA should be given their due recognition of their role in India breaking its chains of slavery, by declaring Oct 21st as India’s Independence Day.
Happy Independence Day !
October 21st, 2019
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