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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Sjt. SC Bose stated in the course of an interview to pressmen that the declaration of war by the Provisional Government of Free India upon Britain and America affirmed India's conviction that the Anglo-Americans were her only enemies. He added that the time was not far off when the Anglo-Americans will know that this declaration of war was not an empty threat. Japan's recognition of the Provisional Government and its Army had lent strength to the Indians and increased their enthusiasm.

He said that two of the dearest wishes of the Indian people had been realised and come true, it was up to then now to realise the third, namely, the launching of an armed struggle for the liberation of the Motherland, which was awaiting fulfilment; and he felt confident that the day of India's liberation was not far off. Mr Bose stated that the Indian National Army was on its way to the Indian frontier. Continuing, he said that it was very efficient, though small, and that he had every confidence in its success. Sjt. Bose also called upon Chungking to ponder over the recent declaration of war on Britain and America by the Indian National Government and pointed out that though he had not made any special appeal to Chungking so far as soon as the Indian National Army had taken Assam and Bengal, Chungking would know what the real feelings of the Indians are. In conclusion, he stressed the significance of the choice of Burma as the Headquarters of the Indian National Army.