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>>

The INA is Ready, Broadcast from Singapore

Today all Indians are ready to plunge into the battle for India's freedom and the New Year is sure to bring us ultimate victory, for I become more and more confident about it when I look back on our achievements in the past. In East Asia, Japan has consolidated her power. The two newly liberated Asiatic nations, Burma and the Philippines, have shown remarkable progress within quite a short time, and the present consolidation of the Greater East Asiatic nations is an outcome of the historic conference of the six Greater East Asiatic nations held at Tokyo.

The closing year knit the 3,000,000 Indian nationals of East Asia into one compact revolutionary body, eager to sacrifice their all in the struggle for India's freedom. At their back is the invincible Indian National Army equipped with modern and up-to-date weapons of war. This Army will kindle the fire of revolution in India which will reduce British Imperialism to ashes. The 'Provisional Government of Azad Hind, which is in possession of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and which has been duly recognised by nine great powers of the world including Japan and Germany, has promised its whole-hearted support to our Army. It is high time for us to launch the offensive against the British and win India's freedom. My countrymen at home, who are labouring under the atrocities of the callous British, have seen them in their true colours and have fully understood their desire to keep India in permanent bondage, with the help of mercenary troops from America, China and Africa. They have also noted the evil intentions behind the speeches of Wavell. But our countrymen at home have full faith in our Army, which will soon cross the border and free India."