Aakar Patel cleverly drags Adolf Hitler’s camaraderie with Netaji into his claims and asks if Netaji is the same man who was enamoured by Hitler. Yes sir, he was the same man. Not just Hitler, the Italian chief Benito Mussolini had also helped him. Italian foreign minister and Mussolini’s son-in-law Count Galeazzo Ciano wrote in his diary, “Mussolini allowed himself to be persuaded by the arguments produced by Bose to obtain a tripartite declaration in favour of Indian independence. He has telegraphed the Germans proposing – contrary to the Salzburg decisions – proceeding at once with the declaration.” Netaji further won over Germany’s foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, and at one point had support from Japan, Italy, and German foreign ministry in his effort to force Hitler into taking favourable decisions.
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