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>>

Bengal Bombed

The British are anxious to re-conquer Burma. They are using Indian resources and manpower to achieve this end. The Anglo-American Air Force had carried out indiscriminate bombing in Thailand and Burma. The Japanese are now paying them back in their own coin. They are making reprisal raids on British bases in India. Under these circumstances, Indians should either force the Anglo-Americans to leave their country or have it without grumbling. My heart sank when I heard of the Japanese raids on Calcutta and Chittagong. I have passed a part of my life there, and have many friends in both places. They should patiently bear this misfortune. Indians should evacuate the towns near British cantonments and factories. They should hold demonstrations as a protest against the Anglo-American attempt to re-capture Burma They should not allow the British and the Americans to raid Thailand and Burma. It is not the Japanese who are responsible for the raids on Indian towns. It is the British and the Americans who have brought this calamity on them.

Bengal should take the lead in the Indian war of independence, and stake her all for the attainment of freedom. Every nation has to pay a heavy price for freedom, and we too will have to make sacrifices. I hope you will do your duty to your country. Long live Free India!