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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Paralleling the new situation indicating counter-offensives by the Axis powers, Indians are resolved to take an active part and invite more bleeding on the part of the enemy, declared Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose — Head of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind and Supreme Commander of the Azad Hind Fauj in his first press conference held to-day since he returned from Nippon.

In the forthcoming offensive, he said, Indians will no doubt assume a more vital part than in the past and in this connection, he had a series of important discussions with Premier General Kuniaki Koiso and other members of the Nippon Cabinet while he was in Nippon.

On his way back, he continued, he visited various East Asiatic countries where be found, much to his pleasure, that each and every one was determined to give his all in protecting the newly acquired freedom.

“I am glad to disclose today that already, a few units resembling in spirit and mission the Nippon Special Attack Corps have been organised among members of the Azad Hind Fauj who, I am convinced, will accomplish daring feats once they are assigned to a mission,” he said, adding that even members of the Rani of Jhansi Regiment and Indian Boys in their teens are volunteering for this Special Corps.

In the European continent, Netaji went on, fierce counterattacks by crack German units have completely shattered the Anglo-American dream of ending the war by 1944.

In the Philippines sector, the indomitable spirit of the Nippon forces is wreaking havoc among enemy naval forces proving beyond doubt that quantitative difference in production means nothing when spiritual power is taken into consideration.

Although the turn of events during the past several months have had a detrimental effect on Indians inside India, he declared, deep-rooted hatred harboured by them against Britishers has flared up once again, giving more impetus to the fighting power of the Indian National Army. The 400 million people in India are now awaiting the opportune moment to rise, he added.

Valuable experiences gained on the far-flung front extending from Akyab to Kohima last year have considerably strengthened the Azad Hind Fauj which is now fully prepared to take the offensive with the Nippon forces when the time comes, Netaji assured.