Lawyer sets up Netaji museum

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Kendrapara (Orissa), Jan 24 (PTI) A private museumhere that houses several antique collections on NetajiSubash Chandra Bose drew many admirers of the great leader onhis birth anniversary.

A young lawyer, Mohammad Mustaque, has set up themuseum at his home in Fakirabad locality of the town.

For the 46-year-old lawyer, collecting and preservingantiques was a hobby. Now it�s a passion. In his privatemuseum, a wide range of collections on the nationalistleader find a pride of place.

The unique collections included rare photographs,letters, manuscripts, magazines, journals and coins related toNetaji. Majority of these collections fall under rare categoryand are worthy of preservation in national level museum.

�Since childhood, I was an ardent fan of Netaji. Hismagnetic personality drew me towards knowing more about him.

The children of my age adored Bollywood heroes, but for me hewas my idol. Later on, I began to collect everything thathad even Netaji�s name.�, Mustaque recalled.

�It was three decades of perseverance and hard workthat is now paying dividends. I am proud that my collection onthe great leader is drawing people from various parts.� MOREPTI COR SKN MM

"For the collections, a lot has been spent from my purse. Right from the book shops at College street in Kolkatato various individuals in the state, my search for Netajiarticles still goes on. I am now planning to turn the privatemuseum into a trust as organisations are showing interest toconserve the collected articles", he said.

The unfinished autobiographies of Netaji - �An IndianPilgrim� and �Indian struggle�- published in 1948, selectedspeeches and radio broadcast during 1938-1942 in audio-cassette format, news papers dated 15th August 1947 carryingarticles on Netaji form parts of his prized possessions.

Issues of �Forward Block�, a political weekly founded andedited by the leader are preserved by the antique collector.

An old studio photograph of Netaji with familymembers of Ashok Mukherji, a lawyer from the leader�sbirthplace, Cuttack, is one of his prized possessions.

The picture depicts octogenarian Mukherji, who stillresides in Cuttack city, sitting on the lap of Netaji in 1939.

At that time, he was only four years old.

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