Mohandas Gandhi: “Netaji will remain immortal for all time to come for his service to India. The hypnotism of the Indian National Army has cast its spell upon us. Netaji’s name is one to conjure with. His patriotism is second to none. . . His bravery shines through all his actions. He aimed high and failed. But who has not failed?”
Michael Edwardes (in his book ‘The last years of British India’) : “Only one outstanding personality (Netaji) of India took a different and violent path and in a sense India owes more to him than to any other man.”
Pradip Bose (in his book ‘Subhas Bose and India today’) : “Thus, unlike Nehru, Bose was not enamoured by the ideological slogans and stances either of communism or fascism, and was not prepared to put the cause of India’s freedom on a back-burner during the second world war, as Nehru did.”
Wikipedia: “The decision was extraordinary, unusual and rare, and it seemed that the British took Bose much more seriously than many had thought. In fact, the plan to liquidate Bose has few parallels, and appears to be a last desperate measure against a man whose uncompromising radicalism had seriously worried the leadership of the British Empire.”
Wikipedia: “At a time, when no one in Germany dared criticise Hitler, Bose was openly critical of Hitler’s treatment of Jews, the destruction of democratic institutions in Germany and the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union.”
Quotes by a great visionary: –
- Give me blood and I shall give you freedom
- Freedom is not given, it is taken
- No real change in history has ever been achieved by discussions
- Jai Hind
- As soldiers, you will always have to cherish and live up to the three-ideals of faithfulness, duty and sacrifice. Soldiers who always remain faithful to their nation, who are always prepared to sacrifice their lives, are invincible. If you, too, want to be invincible, engrave these three ideals in the innermost core of your hearts.
- One individual may die for an idea; but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives. That is how the wheel of evolution moves on and the ideas and dreams of one nation are bequeathed to the next.
- Blood is calling to blood. Arise! We have no time to loose. Take up your arms. There in front of you is the road our pioneers have built. We shall march along that road. We shall carve our way through the enemy’s ranks, or, if God wills, we shall die a martyr’s death. And in our last sleep we shall kiss the road, which will bring our army to Delhi. The road to Delhi is the road to freedom. Chalo Delhi!
- For the present, I can offer you nothing except hunger, thirst, privation, forced marches and death. But if you follow me in life and in death….. I shall lead you to victory and freedom
- This is not only the Army that will emancipate India from the British yoke; it is also the Army that will hereafter create the future national army of Free India. Every Indian must feel proud that this Army, his own Army, has been organized entirely under Indian leadership and that when the historic moment arrives, under Indian leadership it will go to battle.
- With the force of arms and at the cost of your blood you will have to win liberty.
- We must build up our national defence on such an unshakable foundation that never again in our history shall we lose our freedom.
- We have to unlearn some of the things that the British taught us and we have to learn much that they did not teach.
- I assure you that I shall be with you in darkness and in sunshine, in sorrow and in joy, in suffering and in victory.
- It does not matter who among us will live to see India free. It is enough that India shall be free and that we shall give our all to make her free.
- I regard myself as the servant of the 38 crores of my countrymen, who profess different religious faiths. I am determined to discharge my duties in such a manner that the interests of these 38 crores may be safe in my hands and every single Indian will have reason to put complete faith in me.
- When we stand, the Azad Hind Fauj has to be like a wall of granite; when we march, the Azad Hind Fauj has to be like a steamroller.
- Thirty-eight crores of human beings, who form about one-fifth of the human race, have a right to be free and they are now ready to pay the price of freedom
- There is consequently no power on earth that can deprive us of our birthright of liberty any longer.
- Ultimately victory will certainly be ours, I assure you.
- With the slogan ‘Chalo Delhi’ on our lips, let us continue to fight till our National Flag flies over the Viceroy’s House in New Delhi, and the Azad Hind Fauj holds its victory parade inside the ancient Red Fortress of the Indian metropolis.
- It will be a fatal mistake for you to wish to live and see India free simply because victory is now within reach. No one here should have the desire to live to enjoy freedom. A long fight is still in front of us.
- We should have but one desire today- the desire to die so that India may live- the desire to face a martyr’s death, so that the path to freedom may be paved with the martyr’s blood.
- The future will bless you and will speak with pride of your sacrifices at the altar of Indian independence and of your solid achievements.
- There is no power on earth, which can keep India in bondage. India will be free and, that too, soon.
- Comrades! You have voluntarily accepted a mission that is the noblest that the human mind can conceive of. For the fulfillment of such a mission, no sacrifice is too great, not even the sacrifice of one’s life…
- For an enslaved people, there can be no greater pride, no higher honor, than to be the first soldier in the army of liberation. But this honor carries with it a corresponding responsibility, and I am deeply conscious of it.
- I ask those who have any doubts or suspicions in their minds to rely on me.
- May God now bless our Army and grant us victory in the coming fight!
- I shall always be loyal to India alone. I will never deceive my motherland. I will live and die for India… The British could not bring me to submission by inflicting hardships on me. British statesmen could neither induce me nor deceive me. There is no one who can divert me from the right path.
- Friends! You will now realize that the time has come for the three million Indians living in East Asia to mobilize all their available resources, including money and man-power. Half-hearted measures will not do. I want Total Mobilization and nothing less, for we have been told repeatedly, even by our enemies, that this is a total war… Out of this total mobilization I expect at least three hundred thousand soldiers and three crores of dollars [$30,000,000]. I want also a unit of brave women to form a death-defying regiment who will wield the sword which the brave Rani of Jhansi wielded.
- I do not mean only to cajole you with empty words. I know the capabilities of our womanhood well. I can, therefore, say with certainty that there is no task which our women cannot undertake and no sacrifice and suffering which our women cannot undergo… To those who say that it will not be proper for our women to carry guns, my only request is that they look into the pages of our history. What brave deeds the Rani of Jhansi performed during the First War of Independence in 1857… Indians — both common people and members of the British Indian army — who are on the border areas of India, will, on seeing you march with guns on your shoulders, voluntarily come forward to receive the guns from you and carry on the struggle started by you.
- Friends! I would implore you to assist in the awakening of youth and in the organization of the youth movement. Self-conscious youth will not only act, but will also dream; will not only destroy, but will also build. It will succeed where even you may fail; it will create for you a new India — and a free India — out of the failures, trials and experiences of the past.
- Indian nationalism is inspired by the highest ideals of the human race, satyam (the true), shivam (the god), sundaram (the beautiful). Nationalism in India has… roused the creative faculties which for centuries had been lying dormant in our people.
- I have no doubt in my mind that our chief national problems relating to the eradication of poverty, illiteracy and disease and the scientific production and distribution can be tackled only along socialistic lines.
- Gird up your loins for the task that now lies ahead. I had asked you for men, money and materials. I have got them in generous measure. Now I demand more of you. Men, money and materials cannot by themselves bring victory or freedom. We must have the motive- power that will inspire us to brave deeds and heroic exploits.
- It is our duty to pay for our liberty with our own blood. The freedom that we shall win through our sacrifice and exertions, we shall be able to preserve with our own strength.
- In the name of God, I take this sacred oath that to liberate India and the three hundred eighty million of my countrymen. I, Subhas Chandra Bose, will continue the sacred war of freedom till the last breath of my life. I shall remain always a servant of India, and to look after the welfare of three hundred eighty million of Indian brothers and sisters shall be for me my highest duty. Even after winning freedom, I will always be prepared to shed even the last drop of my blood for the preservation of India’s freedom.
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This post is my tribute to Netaji, who expired (most probably) on September 16, 1985. Information for this post have been taken from books and the Internet, and I am grateful to all the books and websites that provided the info.