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 at Karachi Session of INC, Karachi

I desire to make a statement in order to define our attitude towards the truce terms. We look upon the truce terms as unsatisfactory and disappointing, but for reasons which I shall presently explain, we feel that at the present juncture it would not serve the best interests of the country if we were to create a division in the ranks of the Congress over this issue. The execution of Sardar Bhagat Singh and his comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev in the teeth of popular opposition on the eve of the Karachi Congress has revealed the real temper and attitude of the Government, and we feel we would be walking into a trap so cleverly laid for us if we were to create a division in the Congress now. A Government which did not condescend to commute a few death sentences in spite of countrywide demand made for it, will not, in our opinion, readily part with power and will not easily hand over India to the people's representatives. We, therefore, feel sure that the fight will have to be resumed by the Congress once more and that at no distant date. It would consequently be advisable for us to avoid a split amongst ourselves and be prepared for the fight that is ahead of us. Now more than ever it is necessary for us to present a united front to the bureaucracy and make it clear to them that the Indian National Congress stands united under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi in its demand for complete independence.