Netaji's daughter hands book to Pranab

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 18:44 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IBNS) The first copy of the book, "Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Germany", by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's daughter Professor Anita B. Pfaff was presented to President Pranab Mukherjee at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Wednesday.

The book has been brought out by the Federation of Indo-German Societies in India.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was one of the most dynamic leaders in India´s struggle for independence.

Speaking on the occasion, the President stated that he was particularly happy to see this publication as it was an extraordinary collection of records shared by Pfaff herself as well as other eminent writers and biographers.

Mukherjee said that the book portrayed some interesting facets of the life of Netaji and his extraordinary contribution to India's freedom struggle.

"Through this book, we once again feel inspired by the single-minded devotion of Netaji in his efforts for the freedom of his motherland," he stated.

The President recalled his earlier visit to the residence of Pfaff in Augsburg in 1995, where he said, he had the privilege of meeting with three generations of Netaji's family.

They had a fascinating and memorable discussion about Netaji, he said.

The President further added that this publication was a tribute to Netaji, who was one among the greatest leaders of the national movement - who had devoted and sacrificed their lives to give India her cherished freedom.

Netaji's role in India's freedom struggle was unique, he said.

"For him, the fight for India's independence was also a part of a larger struggle against colonialism and imperialism and creation of a society that would usher in development of the masses in the widest possible sense. Netaji continues to inspire all Indians," Mukherjee stated.

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