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 Tokyo Radio

Speaking over the Tokyo Radio, Mr SC Bose, the Supreme Commander of the Free Indian Army, said: “For the first time since 1857, Indians abroad have organised a National Government which has been recognised by some of the most powerful nations of the world. Indians in various parts of the world have rallied under the flag of their National Government and have expressed their determination to fight shoulder to shoulder with their brethren at home against their enemies. We are grateful to the British for causing a national awakening amongst us by starving thousands of our countrymen, and strengthening our determination to wage the war of independence to a successful conclusion. We have realised five of the six important objectives necessary for the salvation of our Motherland. First, thorough knowledge of the war situation; secondly, sympathy of Britain's enemies; thirdly, direct relations between our agents at home and abroad; fourthly, synchronising the Indian war of independence with the present world war; and fifthly, the organisation of the Provisional Government of India. The last objective, which still remains to be achieved, is the delivering of the fatal blow to the enemy in cooperation with our Allies.” Mr SC Bose declared, “Upon the outbreak of the war, India was ready to attain her political freedom but she lacked two essentials; first a national Army, and, secondly, outside aid. Today, we have got both. I have always been stressing the significance of the chance which the war situation has offered us, and have been urging Indians to rise to the occasion. I urge upon all ray countrymen not to let this chance go.”