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

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Head of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind, gave detailed description of the political situation in India in a broadcast speech to the Japanese nation. Netaji told the Japanese nation that the people of India in general were anxious to assist Japan in the prosecution of the war in the East, but that the chaos of communal antagonism among Indians and the intentional interference of the Anglo-Americans in Indian home affairs had proved fatal toIndian freedom. Netaji declared that another talk between Mahatma Gandhi and Mr Jinnah, the two great Indian leaders, would perhaps succeed in uniting the two communities. Mr Bose said that Mr Jinnah still seems to be adhering to his Pakistan scheme, which aims at dividing India into two parts on a communal basis, but perhaps he ignores the fact that the partitioning of India will further diminish Indian national strength and India will meet the same fate as the Balkans are now suffering in Europe. Netaji went on to say, “While Mahatma Gandhi is a true nationalist whose very life has been spent in endeavouring to unite all the Indian communities, the rift in the lute between Mahatma Gandhi and Mr Jinnah is extremely wide and cannot be abolished by airy conversations which are probably designed to mislead the Indian peoples.” Mr Bose, however, hoped that despite all these difficulties the Indian National Army will succeed in freeing the Indian people from the shackles of slavery.”