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 Shanghai Radio

In his broadcast message to the Chinese people, Netaji said, “If you want to make China a United Nation by working under the leader, you may. If China wills it, Japan will readily withdraw all her forces from the continent, which will give you a chance to bring peace and prosperity to the country with the establishment of a Government which will try to achieve prosperity by mutual goodwill between Japan and China.” Netaji continued, “Today East Asia is faced with a new problem which was never dreamt of before. The restoration of independence to the Philippines and Burma, which have been exploited and dominated for more than a century by white men, with the help and assistance of Japan is a proof of her (Japan's) aim to put herself and the East Asiatic nations on friendly terms.” Referring to his relations with India, he said, “Just as it is the duty of every Indian to solve the problem of his country's freedom, so should the Chinese feel the same for their own country. I wish to see China rise and shine as a bright star in the new federation of East Asiatic Nations, and I can assert that, that is the only solution of her problems. Today, part of China is free from foreign exploitation, thanks to Japan. The key to the solution of this problem is in the hands of Chiang Kai-shek and of the Chungking Government which seems to have the wild idea of an Anglo-American victory in the present struggle. No one can say how long this war will last, but I can say that however long this war may last, I am sure of our ultimate victory. I am now going to my Southern Headquarters from where we shall soon proceed towards the Burma border to join in the battle against our enemies. In this battle we may have to fight the Chinese forces, in addition to the Anglo-Americans. No one regrets this more bitterly than I do; but I shall not flinch from any task however distasteful if I have to perform it for the liberation of my country. I am surprised that the Chinese should be helping the Anglo-Americans in India and assisting them to maintain their empire. But I can assure the Chinese people that although China is today helping Britain Indians still hold the Chinese in high esteem. I, however, sincerely hope that the Chinese people will not be deluded by their dishonest leaders anymore."