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>>

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In an interview with the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Hochi’s war correspondent, Netaji SC Bose said: “It is immaterial to me how the British plan to check our advance as all their attempts will be useless. They can do nothing to shake our determination. Since January 26, 1941, when I escaped from British confinement, all their efforts to re-arrest me have failed. Now they have posted a huge army on the Indo-Burma front to check our entry into India. But, the world has seen how the Indian National Army has successfully pierced their defences and continued its march. In a short time this Army will end British rule in India. The war of India's liberation can never be lost. Mahatma Gandhi's release was primarily due to the Indian National Army's advance. Britain wants to come to an agreement with Congress but that will be another defeat, Mahatmaji will be glad when the National Army enters Calcutta and he will send me a congratulatory telegram. It is then that Indian help will be most needed. We must possess two things to win independence (i) high and noble aspirations, and (ii) the resolution not to deviate an inch from our chosen path. The Indian National Army will continue to fight till India is free. I am glad that the efforts of this Army are bearing fruit, even though slowly. The troops venerate their ancestors who sacrificed their lives for their country, and their thirst for freedom knows no limits. Those who fell fighting for their country's independence rest in peace but their spirits will be happy only when India is free. Every Indian should work on the above principles.”