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>>

India has Only One Enemy

In spite of British propaganda, it should be clear to all right thinking Indians that in this wide world India has but one enemy, the enemy who has exploited her for over a hundred years, the enemy who sucks the life-blood of Mother India, British Imperialism.

I am not an apologist of the Tripartite Powers; that is not my job. My concern is with India. When British Imperialism is defeated India will get her freedom. If, on the other hand, British Imperialism should somehow win the war, men India's slavery would be perpetuated for ever. India is, therefore, presented with the choice between freedom and slavery. She must make her choice.

Britain's paid propagandists have been calling me an enemy agent I need no credentials when I speak to my own people. My whole life is one long, persistent, uncompromising struggle against British imperialism, and is the best guarantee of my bona fides. All my life I have been the servant of India. Until the last hour of my life I shall remain one. My allegiance and loyalty have ever been and will ever be to India alone, no matter in which part of the world I may live.

If you make a dispassionate and objective study of the different theatres of war to-day, you will come to the same conclusion as myself — that nothing on earth can prevent the rapid collapse of the British Empire. Already the outposts in the Indian Ocean have passed out of the hands of British sea-power. Mandalay has fallen and Allied troops are practically expelled from Burmese soil

Countrymen, as the British Empire disappears, the day of India's deliverance approaches. I want to remind you that in the year 1857 began India's first War of Independence. In 1942 has begun her last war of Independence. Gird up your loins. The hour of India's salvation is at hand.

Azad Hind! Fight and win India's liberty, and then build up India with full freedom to determine her own future — with no interference! Free India will have a social order based on the internal principles of Justice, Equality and Fraternity.