India Honours’ Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Deshprem Award 2007!

More than seven decades ago, India’s celebrated Asian hero of freedom movement – Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, while reflecting on her prison days at Mandalay from January 1925 to May 1927; wrote in his famous memoir – ‘The Indian Struggle’, that, “I remember distinctly that it was the place where Lokamanya Tilak had been imprisoned for nearly six years and later on Lala Lajpat Rai for about a year. It gave us therefore some consolidation and pride to feel that we were following in their footsteps…from the station we drove inside the fort to the prison and we passed on our way the houses in which Lalaji and Sardar Ajit Singh had lived during their internment (Tilak, Ajit Singh and Lajpat Rai were great leaders of independence movement of India). Outlined against the morning sky, we were told, were the Palace and State-buildings of the old kingdoms. The memory of the good old days that were no more produced a pang in our hearts and we began to wonder when Burma would once more be able to fly her flag of independence.” Although later on Burma achieved its glorious freedom from Colonialism first on 01 August 1943 with Japanese support then on 4th of January 1948, when Bose wasn’t alive to see it. But once again country of Netaji Bose through Netaji Subhas Foundation in India fulfilled their great historical role by giving Netaji Bose International Deshprem Award 2007 to Daw Suu Kyi on 19th March 2007 at Mahajati Sadan, Kolkata, when Burma once again struggling hard to fly her flag of democratic freedom.

Apart from Suu Kyi, who is suffering continued imprisonment under the military dictatorship, many democracy loving people are today languishing in Mandalay and other jails of Burma like Subhas Bose, Lokamanya Tilak, Lala Lajpat Rai etc. in different historical context with same aspirations for establishment of freedom from fear in Burma. It is interesting to note that recently United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burma, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro’s has once again appealed (latest one on 16th February & 27th March 2007) to release Tin Oo, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Win Tin (poet & editor) from prison and deeply regrets for the slow progress of democratic reforms in Burma.

The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Deshprem award 2007 consisting of a citation and a cash prize of Rs One Lakh was received by the representative delegates of National League for Democracy (Western Region) group leader – U Ramjit Verma representing Daw Suu Kyi. While giving award to Daw Suu Kyi, the President of Netaji Subhas Foundation, Kolkata, Mr. Ashok Ghosh on behalf of the freedom loving people of India said that, “We are honoured to present you this award, for no Burmese has done more to achieve honour, freedom and pride for all Burmese…the shackles of oppression has not dimmed the fire that burns in you. You represent a light of hope in the gloom of despair. An exemplification of courage, dignity and determination, we are sure you will in your life time be able to redeem the pledge you have made to your motherland.” Secretary General of the Netaji Subhas Foundation, Mr. Debabrata Biswas and Lok Sabha member from Barasat constituency of All India Forward Bloc party, Mr. Subrata Bose (also nephew of Subhas Bose) spoke of close relations between people of Burma and India. Mr. Debabrata Biswas and other speakers on this auspicious occasion stressed that, the main purpose of this award is to give a strong message to the world community especially China & Russia as well as Government of India to review its Burma policy of constructive engagement with military junta and to express solidarity of the Indian people with the struggle of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for the restoration of democracy in Burma.


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One Comment on “India Honours’ Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Deshprem Award 2007!”

  1. arun roy sarkar Says:

    sir i would like to draw the public attention even govt of india why Netaji’s contribution to free India as a freedom fighter and sacrifice his whole life for Us which every body knows very well that Govt. of Indian government specialy of Congress neglected Netaji since 1947 .
    Today the International Court proves that The Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was not in involve with criminal war-II . But our govt why interest to continue the British agreement that Bose will be handed over .
    Despite Indian Law is not allow anybody’s allegiation is crime unless it proves by court . This is violation by the indian government that ill treat on subash bose case Because he is the freedom fighter of India who first time hosteg the indian tri colour flag in indian under british govt at manipur & andaman notirious celluar Jail and decalared the presoners saheed & saraj

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