Recollections and reflections

Reminiscences, Rafi Ahmad Kidwai

I first came in contact with Subhas Bose in 1923 at Delhi when the Congress was divided into two groups over the question of what was known as 'Council Entry.'...Subhas Babu, as the favourite lieutenant of Deshabandhu, was playing a prominent part in the controversy. more>>

Broadcast by Tokyo Radio

In a statement to the representatives of the Foreign Press, Netaji Bose, Head of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind, said, “Indians will take their full share in the war against Britain. They will throw in all their resources to defeat the enemy. I have come to Tokyo to see General Koiso and other Japanese Ministers personally, as I want greater collaboration with Japan on military matters and wish to discuss military affairs with Japanese military officials. The Free India Army declared war against America and Britain on October 23, last year, after which we immediately launched an offensive in Burma and the Arakan. We are about to enter the final phase of our battle. Indians in East Asia have been working hard for thelast sixteen months. We formed a war Council to speed up recruitment for the Free India Army as we did not want to lag behind any nation in our military preparations.” Speaking of the military situation on the Indo-Burma front, Netaji said, "The Free India Army is making preparations for a new offensive. Some of our units are already on Indian soil and the rest are in Burma. We shall have no difficulty in advancing into India. We shall not rest till she is free from British subjection."