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 from Berlin Radio

Speaking over the Radio on Monday, the noted Indian leader in Berlin, Mr Subhas Chandra Bose, addressed the Indian people and said that now is the most opportune moment for the Indian people the world over to fight against the British to gain freedom for India. Mr Bose pointed out that the British authorities are trying to hide the real Indian situation but that the whole world is constantly informed of the Indian situation, as a result of which even public opinion in Britain and in the country of her Allies is now against the policy of Churchill, Amery and Cripps. “The Indian people,” he said, “will continue to fight until the total destruction of the British Empire is achieved.” The latest speech of Subhas Chandra Bose has created deep impression all over the world. Everywhere the Press is giving wide publicity to his message. Mr Subhas Chandra Bose stressed the significance of the Indian war of Independence and enumerated the atrocities committed by the British on unarmed Indians who were struggling hard to gain their independence by peaceful means. He expressed his admiration for the courage and bravery of his compatriots and congratulated them on their great sacrifices in the noble cause of fighting for the freedom of their Motherland.

He said that it was a pleasure to see that even the subjects of the Indian States were actively participating in the national movement. He congratulated Khan Bahadur Allah Bux on his renunciation of the title ‘Khan Bahadur,' and pointed out that the majority of the Muslims, except those in the Muslim League, had joined the Congress and were fighting side by side with their Hindu brethren for the emancipation of India. He condemned the Hindu Mahasabha and the Akali Sikh leaders for their selfish policy of ignoring the national cause and for trying to secure power and influence for themselves. He assured Mr Jinnah that his Pakistan scheme would never materialise so long as the British were in India.

He emphasised that Pakistan could be created only under a National Government. He requested Mr Jinnah to unite the Muslim League with the Congress and help India to attain freedom. He then addressed the Indian soldiers and asked them not to render any sort of aid to the British, but to fight against their alien masters. He appealed to the members of the Viceroy's Executive Council to help the nationalists and make the war of Independence a success. He then asked Indian nationals in Ceylon to cooperate with the nationalists in India and drive away the British from their country. He called upon Indian nationals in Europe, Asia, Africa and America to play then part in the Indian War of Independence, sacrificing if need be, their very lives for the freedom of their Motherland. He expressed the hope that India would surely gain her independence in the near future.