Netaji Resignation Letter to ICS, Indian Civil Service: Fact Check



Resignation letter of Netaji from Indian Civil Service, ICS.

What a personality!  What a style in writing English!!  His handwriting is truly beautiful!!!

Other Versions

1. A rare collection. Letter of resignation Netaji submitted to Indian Civil service as he could not serve to masters! Netaji opted for serving Bharat,

2. Subhas Chandra’s Resignation Letter to ICS before he joined freedom struggle for India.

Fact Check:

An image is viral on social media alleging to show the original resignation letter of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to Indian Civil Service, ICS back in 1921. Accompanying messages also claim Netaji left the ICS to serve mother nation Bharat (India) and fight for its Independence from British. Although the content of the letter from Netaji is true, it is NOT an original copy showing his own handwriting.

About Netaji Resignation Letter to Indian Civil Service, ICS

The picture messages in question are doing rounds likewise on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook among other online platforms. To begin with, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was a brilliant student throughout his study in school and university. He completed his B.A in Philosophy with a first class score in 1918. Netaji in fact cleared the Indian Civil Service examination in 1920 in England. However, he resigned from his civil service job in April 1921 after hearing about India’s struggle for freedom.

Coming to the image in circulation, it is in fact a recreation of the resignation letter Subhas Chandra Bose wrote to ICS. Unlike the messages claim, it does not show his original handwriting. At the bottom of the letter, you can rather see the disclaimer message about recreation of the resignation letter. You can see the original Subhas Chandra Bose’s letter of resignation to ICS below. He followed a cursive style of hand writing like shown in another letter.

Declassification of Netaji Files

Since 2015, the Government of India declassified some files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and made them accessible to public. Subsequently, the National Archives of India released digital copies of the declassified files relating to Netaji in the public domain. In January 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a copy of Proclamation issued by Netaji in 1944. Netaji urged Indian brothers and sisters to come forward and join the last fight for Independence.

Hoax or Fact:

Partially Fact.


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