The Biography of Famous Personalities of India will tell you about the controversies, the dark sides of a person that you may have never heard of.
Calcutta Municipal Corporation of Subhash Chandra Bose
Calcutta Municipal Corporation
After Subhash was released from prison, Calcutta faced severe floods. Much of life and property were lost. Subhash carried out relief work with his colleagues. He believed that helping the poor and the needy was his religion.
Dasbabu established the Swaraj Party in 1922, under the patronage of the Congress. This party entered the electoral race and won a thumping majority in the Calcutta Municipal Corporation elections. Dasbabu was appointed Mayor of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation, and Subhashbabu was the chief executive officer of the Municipal Corporation.
He made the use of khadi clothing compulsory for the employees of the Municipal Corporation and developed its education and health services. Subhashbabu took many memorable steps for public welfare. He brought about changes in the workings of the Municipal Corporation at the grassroots level and replaced the English names of roads and streets with Indian names. Most importantly, he did the noble task of employing at the Municipal Corporation, a family member of those who had laid down their lives in the freedom movement.
Subhashbabu became an active pillar and forerunner of the Swaraj Party. He joined the revolutionary freedom fighters, and thus became a thorn in the side of the British government. On 25th October 1924, Subhashbabu was accused by the British government of indulging in terrorist activities and sentenced to imprisonment. Dasbabu resigned from his position as Mayor in protest. The public demand for Subhashbabu grew stronger. So the authorities permitted him to carry on his task of running the Municipal Corporation from the Alipur prison.
The British government was on the lookout for ways in which they could connect Subhashbabu with the revolutionaries. A revolutionary named Gopinath Saha came to Calcutta in 1924 and wanted to kill the British police chief, Charles Tegart, but instead killed an English businessman named Ernest Day in a case of mistaken identity. He was sentenced to death for this.
Subhashbabu performed the last rites and the cremation ceremony of Gopinath’s body. This gave the British government the proof of connection they wanted to associate and connect him with the revolutionaries. Therefore, they imprisoned him in Mandalay (Burma) on 25th January 1925 without even trying him in court. Many freedom fighters were imprisoned here.
Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das passed away at Calcutta on 5th November 1925. Subhash heard about this on radio, and was extremely shocked and grieved.
The Rajya Parishad elections were conducted at Bengal in 1926. Subhashbabu contested this election from prison and won with a thumping majority.
Subhashbabu’s health deteriorated in the Mandalay prison. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The government refused to release him from prison. His condition worsened there. The government was afraid that he might die in prison, and so they sent him to the Almora prison in Uttarakhand. His health did not improve here either. His medical reports were sent to Darjeeling to the governor, who ordered an immediate release for him. This news brought a wave of joy to Calcutta.
In 1927, Subhashbabu won the election for the presidency of the Bengal Regional Congress Committee with a huge majority.