The West government planned to restore Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's ancestral home at Kodalia in South 24 Parganas and give it heritage status and erect a monument to him, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today.
Speaking at Netaji's 116th birth anniversary celebrations here, the chief minister said that the Heritage Committee chaired by artist Suvaprasanna has taken the decisions to erect a monument to Netaji and to restore the great leader's house at Kodalia.
"We will create a monument in the name of the leader on 4-5 kothas of land whatever is available in Netaji's name," the chief minister said.
"We have also decided to restore the place (ancestral home) and turn it to heritage building," Banerjee said.
She said that the building was in very poor shape and needed immediate attention. "I am hoping we will be able to finish the work by January 22 next year".
Stating that it was a matter of pride to be born in West Bengal, Banerjee said "It is the state of illuminaries like Netaji, Swami Vivekanda, Rabindranath Tagore, poet Nazrul and Khudiram Bose."
"Bengal is the pride of the world. Bengal is about revolution. From Nasa to bhasa total brain is Bengal brain (sic)," she said.
Quoting Netaji, the chief minister said, "Give me blood and I will give you independence. He had said that renunciation and realisation are two sides of a coin."
Recalling that the planning commission was the brainchild of Netaji who also set up the Indian National Army, Banerjee said, "It is matter of great sorrow that we know about his birth, but not about his death..."
"But Subhash Chandra Bose should live forever to inspire people with his thoughts and ideas. His name should be prefixed with the word 'brave'."
Calling Netaji the greatest Indian ever and a visionary leader, Governor MK Narayanan said his "trail took him not just across India, but across the world in the quest for Independence of India. Few people have demonstrated such love and devotion for his country."
Drawing similarities between Netaji and Swami Vivekananda, he said, both laid stress on the role of youth in leading the nation.
He said that people should be inspired by his love for the nation and work together to build a better country.
Netaji daughter, Anita Bose said teary-eyed, "I owe him my life biologically, but had to give him up to India very early in life. I do not grudge India."
Stating that the present leaders should learn from Netaji's dedication, she said "There is a sense of isolation among the youth.
"You should not belittle the contribution of the people who do not stand in leadership position ... One corrupt person in the system can be survived, but the problem is when the entire system is corrupt. Let us spread an epidemic of good deeds."