There are so many amazing similarities between the careers of Subhas Chandra Bose (Nataji: Great Leader) and Sun Yat-sen of China. Both men attended Christian schools, both men were highly intelligent and loved their countries passionately, both men suffered greatly for the cause of freedom, both men were betrayed by close friends, and finally both men were assassinated by the British Secret Service.
Both men attended Christian schools, both men were highly intelligent and loved their countries passionately, both men suffered greatly for the cause of freedom, both men were betrayed by close friends, and finally, both men were assassinated by the British Secret Service.
Subhas began his education at the age of 5 in a Christian school run by British missionaries:
Many of the British missionaries were spies, and he came to associate Christianity with British imperialism and colonialism. Unfortunately, he was never "born again" like Sun Yat-sen, but he became a disciple of British Secret Service agent Swami Vivekananda.
Both Sun Yat-sen and Subhas spent many years as exiles for their political views. Subhas was arrested by the British on July 2, 1940. In January 1941, he was released under house arrest after going on a hunger strike. On January 17, just before his trial for sedition, he escaped the country and headed for Russia via Afghanistan:
Having obtained an Italian passport, Subhas was able to visit Italy and Germany. In April 1941, Subhas unexpectedly arrived in Berlin. He was under no illusion about Hitler but he had nowhere else to turn.
Hitler was a great admirer of the British Empire and he wanted to rape Russia like the British raped India....After the Great Dictator starring his look-alike Charlie Chaplin, Hitler's second favorite movie was Tales of a Bengal Lancer starring Gary Cooper. That movie was required viewing for all his fellow British SS spies.
Hitler kept him waiting for over a year, and when they finally met, the encounter was fruitless:
The meeting was conducted in English, as Bose and Hitler both spoke that language fluently.
Bose spent 2 wasted years in Berlin. After consulting Churchill, Hitler made arrangements for him to be sent back to India by submarine–the most hazardous route possible....Finally, on February 9, 1943, he left via submarine, and after a very, very perilous voyage he surfaced in Sumatra on May 6, 1943.
Subhas Chandra Bose was assassinated on August 18, 1945
After a very perilous 3 month voyage via submarine, Subhas Chandra Bose arrived in Singapore in June 1943. At that time Singapore was under Japanese control.
On July 5, 1943, Bose reviewed his army and gave a rousing speech:
The following day, July 5, at 10:30 in the morning, Bose appeared in military uniform to address India's army of liberation. Some twelve thousand soldiers had gathered on the expanse of green in front of Singapore's municipal building. He insisted that this army had been formed and would go into battle entirely under Indian leadership. He gave this Azad Hind Fauj ("Free India Army") their battle cry: "Chalo elhi!" ("Onward to Delhi!"). "For an enslaved people," he said with emotion, "there can be no greater pride, no higher honor, than to be the first soldier in the army of liberation." He promised his troops that he would be with them "in darkness and in sunshine, in sorrow and in joy, in suffering and in victory." The soldiers responded with shouts of "Long live revolution!" and cries of victory to Mahatma Gandhi and Subhas Chandra Bose. "For the present," their leader warned them, "I offer you nothing except hunger, thirst, privation, forced marches and death. But if you follow me in life and in death–as I am confident you will–I shall lead you to victory and freedom." (Bose, His Majesty's Opponent, p. 245).
As the prospects of an Allied victory grew greater, the prospects of Indian independence grew less and less.
At 2:30 pm, on August 18, about 8 people boarded a Mitsubishi plane at Taipei Airpot, capital of present day Taiwan, bound for Tokyo. Soon after takeoff, a tremendous explosion destroyed the propellor and the port engine. The plane impacted the ground at over 300 mph.
The only other Indian on the plane was an INA officer named Habibur Rahman. How anybody survived that plane wreck is indeed a miracle.
When India was partitioned, Rahman went on to fight against India during the first Indo-Pakistani War of 1947.
After the war, both men worked to dismember India which led to the creation of 3 countries.
Subhas Chandra Bose would never have agreed to the partition of India!!
However Subhas Chandra Bose actually died, it is certain that he would never have agreed to the partition of India into rival countries. The British desperately needed a base to attack Russia and that is why they were so eager to partition India.
After the partition of India in 1947, a further partition took place in 1971 with the creation of Bangladesh. More countries mean more wars and wasteful military expenditures which could be used to improve the lives of the people. The dream of Subhas Chandra Bose for a united and FREE India has not yet been realized.
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