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>>

Speech on Total Mobilisation

Look at those who have volunteered to join the Indian National Army and who are now getting the necessary training. They do not know how many of them will live to see India free. They are getting ready with the one thought of shedding their last drop of blood. They are getting ready to go to a free India or to die on the way. There is no programme of retreat for them.

When the INA is getting trained either to march to victory or to spill its last drop of blood on the way, the rich people are asking me whether total mobilisation means 10 per cent or 5 per cent of their riches. I would ask these people who are speaking of percentages whether we can tell our soldiers to fight and spill only 10 per cent of their blood and save the rest.

The poor classes have been coming forward voluntarily and with enthusiastic spirit to offer everything that they have. Poorer class Indians like watchmen, washermen, barbers, petty-shopkeepers and gowalas have come forward with all they have. And in addition to that some of them have also offered to become volunteers.

Some of the poor people came to me, and not only did they give all the cash they had in their pockets, but went further and gave me their Savings Bank books which represent their lives’ savings. Are there not rich men among the Indians in Malaya who can come forward and say in the same spirit: "Here is my bank book for the cause of Indian independence."

Indians as a nation believe in the ideal of sacrifice. Among the Hindus we have the ideal of Sanyasis and the Muslims have the way of the Faqirs. Can there be a greater cause, a nobler cause and a holier cause than the liberation of 38 crores of human souls?

My request to Malaya is for 10 crores of rupees, which would be approximately 10 per cent of the value of Indian possessions in Malaya.