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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Netaji SC Bose, the Supreme Commander of the Azad Hind Fauj, has issued a proclamation regarding the historic campaign launched by Indian's Army of Liberation in conjunction with its invincible ally, the Imperial Japanese Army. Netaji declared that the Azad Hind Fauj is now rapidly making its way to its destination, and expressed his unbounded optimism in the victory of this Army of Free India. Declaring that he would let events speak for themselves rather than touch on the future activities of the Indian National Army at the present juncture, Netaji said: “We are working according to plan, and in the fullness of time, we will be able to redeem our solemn pledge to liberate our motherland.” Netaji added, “We have full confidence in our own strength. We have complete faith in our ally, and we have unbounded optimism regarding national victory. We shall go on toiling and fighting till our flag flutters over India's metropolis.” Netaji said that the exploits of the Indian National Army would disprove the lying British propagandist claim that the Azad Hind Fauj does not exist, and that the news of the formation of the Indian National Army is a mere propaganda stunt. He stressed that the Indian National Army was now on its march to Delhi, and added that he laughs best who laughs last.

Continuing, Netaji added; “The Indian National Army has already marched towards the East Indian border. Therefore, it is quite natural that the Provisional Government of Free India should also march together with the Army. It is for that purpose that the Headquarters of the Provisional Government has been shifted to Burma. I am certain that our struggle will succeed. There are three main reasons which support my conviction: — (i) The Indian revolutionaries are in constant touch with the Indian National Army and are eagerly awaiting the time when it will invade India. Both Indian civilians and the Indian sepoys and officers in the British Indian Army are ready to join the Army when the hour strikes and the Indian National Army enters India; (ii) the Indian National Army is now strong enough to crush the Anglo-American and Chinese forces in India which may resist its entry, and (iii) Japan and her East-Asiatic allies are prepared to do all in their power to assist us in our struggle against British imperialism.” In conclusion, Netaji stated that the Indian war of independence, which commenced in 1857, was now drawing to a close, and expressed the conviction that the attack of the Indian National Army from outside and the strengthening of the internal agitation will together destroy British imperialism completely and liberate India."