“The final call to victory, “Jai Hind!” was given by Subhas Chandra Bose, fondly known to every Indian as “Netaji”. I was a toddler when Netaji, as Rashtrapati of the 51st Session of Indian National Congress in Haripura, on the banks of the river Tapti, reminded us that “our chief national problems are eradication of poverty, illiteracy and disease”. His speech echoed through my home, as it did through millions of others. Netaji and Nehruji believed that India could seize the future by an application of synthesis, samyavada, of what might seem on surface to be implacable opposites. They believed that free India would become, by example, an alternative model for a post-colonial world through economic equity and a social revolution inspired by harmony between communities that had been misled into hostility.”
Aren’t these two, obvious instances of double standards?
One: I was listening to the Independence Day message to the nation by the new Indian president Pranab Mukherjee. In his speech, he was showering praises on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose for his will and vision. Mukherjee said:
I was glancing through the latest media reports of Mukherjee’s involvement in smothering the truth about the mysterious disappearance of Subhas Bose. One may rebuff the news item for want of evidences, but those now have a chance to get corrected. Read what Subhas’s grandnephew Surya Kumar Bose has to say about the incident (first letter).
Two: One of my friends gave me this link on the official website of the Indian Army. The site describes how the Indian Army defeated the Japanese attack of India during the Second World War. They conveniently forgot that it was not the Indian Army but the British Indian Army that fought against Japan. They also forgot that those fights were a plan designed by Imperial Japanese Army in association with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to destroy the British yoke, codenamed “Operation U-Go”. They forgot the INA regiments of Inayat Kiani’s “Gandhi Brigade”, Gurubaksh Singh Dhillon’s “Nehru Brigade”, Shah Nawaz Khan’s “Subhas Brigade”, and Gulzara Singh’s “Azad Brigade” that fought the war to free India. How unkind! At the end of the same page, the Army hails Subhas Bose for his heroics in leading a “parallel struggle” to liberate India. Then why do they take pride in defeating INA forces?