Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has pitched for declaring Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's birthday January 23 as a national holiday.
“Personally I think it should be declared a national holiday. If you honour your heroes, if you pay your respect to them by observing a holiday it is good. And even today whether Netaji's birthday is a holiday or not, January 23rd is a always a great day,” Tripathi, who on Tuesday paid his customary visit to Netaji Bhavan on Elgin Road in the city, said.
The Governor also said that ‘justice' had not been done to the great patriot since Independence.
“I very strongly feel that justice was not done towards Netaji in the post-Independence period. He should have received much more honour, much more prestige than what was given to him,” the Governor said.
“Much requires to be written about Netaji, much requires to be discovered about him and much needs to be conveyed to the public about him. Netaji was not only a freedom fighter but a great warrior. The manner in which he fought for the country is really admirable and has been inspirational for the youths of all times," the Governor added.
He also recalled childhood memories when he wanted to meet Netaji saying ‘he had donated a few drops of blood on Netaji's call that 'give me blood, I will give you freedom'.