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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“China and India should join hands in order to defeat Britain and the United States and to attain complete 'Greater East Asiatic freedom’,” declared Mr Subhas Chandra Bose at a welcome rally in Nanking. Mr Bose called on Marshal Chiang Kai-shek and other Chungking leaders to forsake Anglo-American influence and to do their utmost for Chinese unification, India's independence and Greater East Asia's complete emancipation. He emphasised the need of unity and cooperation between India and China for the extermination of the Anglo-Americans, and asked Marshal Chiang Kai-shek and other Chungking leaders to give up Anglo-American friendship and co-operate wholeheartedly with the other East Asiatic nations in order to liberate Asia from Anglo-American bondage. He said it was a pity that Marshal Chiang Kai-shek and his wife, during their visit to India appealed to Indians to help the British in the present war, and pointed out that Chiang would never have exhorted Indians to cooperate with their alien masters had he honestly aspired for the freedom of China and really believed in freedom and democracy. Mr Bose reminded Marshal Chiang Kai-shek that during his presidentship of the Indian National Congress in 1939, he (Mr Bose) had sent a Medical Mission to China out of sympathy and sincerity towards her, and asked him to help India in her war of independence if he was really honest and truthful. The Indian leader begged the Generalissimo to help the Indians against the British in their struggle for freedom. Concluding his statement, Mr Bose pointed out that he wished to pay a visit to China in 1939, but the British Government refused to give him a passport. He added, “Now I need no British passport.”