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

During an interview with the Foreign Press correspondents of Tokyo, Netaji SC Bose declared that it was possible that the British will fail to advance into Burma, but the Indian National Army will not fail to march into Assam. When the Indian National Army moves into Assam, all hopes entertained by the Chungking regime of opening the supply road from Assam will be dashed to the ground. Netaji also declared that the Azad Hind Army would give a good account of itself in the battle against the Anglo-Americans and their allies. Netaji expressed his belief that certain sections of the British Indian Army will refuse to fight against the Azad Hind Fauj and join the army of freedom. The British apparently seem to have withdrawn the Indian troops from the front line owing to increasing cases of Indian troops deserting the British. This will increase still more. Netaji said, “When the actual battle for the freedom of India starts there will be a general uprising throughout India against the British.” Commenting upon the indifferent attitude of the Indian people towards the Chungking regime, Netaji SC Bose stressed the complete change in the attitude of the Indian people. In 1937 and 1938, a large number of Indians had sympathy for Chungking but today their attitude had changed completely because Chungking began to give help to the British authorities in maintaining their domination over India and Burma. Quoting the advance of Chungking troops into Burma, as an example, Netaji said that such action had completely alienated the sympathy of the Indian people for Chungking China.