Editorial

A tribute to Netaji who gifted Indian their democracy

India celebrated Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s 126th Birth anniversary. It may be recalled that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is the father of Indian Democracy.

The recalled unparalleled services of Netaji Shubash Chandra Bose, the First Prime Minister of Independent India are extraordinary,

Every true citizen otter than Manuwady is required to salute to Netaji on his 126th Birth Anniversary, a perfect salute to India’s bravest son, the Commander in Chief of Indian National Army (INA / Azad Hind Fauj ) will remind us how he united India and fought for Akhand Bjarath.

Long live Mother India, Nethaji is the first Indian who travel by German Submarine U 180, on 9-2-1943 Germany to Japan.

Nethaji was born on January 23, 1897, in Cuttack, to advocate Janakinath Bose and his devout wife Prabhavati Devi. At the time, they had no idea that their son would go on to become one of India’s greatest and most revered freedom fighters.

With the call “Give me your blood and I will give you freedom,” Nethaji would one day challenge the might of an empire and inspire a nation to join hands to free itself from the shackles of imperialism.

Nethaji strongly opposed the RSS conspiracies to divide India to just reduce Muslim population in greater India, Nethaji forecasted that the RSS and Hindu Mahasaba if not crushed before they takes ugly tooth of Manuwad, dangerous bells will be rung against Shudras and non believers of RSS’s British spooning being informer theory.

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose,” a brave soldier who devoted his entire life to our mother India, so that his fellow countrymen could breathe the air of freedom, liberty and dignity.

Nethji’s forecasted Indian freedom journey that begun from Jail where his jail mate a Muslim companion under release gave his dress to Nethaji to escape from jail for brighten India chanced of early freedom. Later Muslim freedom fighter who gave his personal jail identity to Nethaji to enable him to escape from jail was hung in jail later. That was “Jihad for liberation of his watan” for the Muslim martyr / freedom fighter.

Dressed in a long, brown coat, broad pyjamas and a black fez, Subhash Chandra Bose had just escaped from jail under the noses of the British jailors and the police..

The year was 1941. The day January 16. From 38/2, Elgin Road, at the dead of night, a man quietly slipped out, speeding away in an Audi Wanderer W24 with a dream in his heart and a master plan ticking in his mind.

As the British launched a nationwide manhunt for him, Bose quietly boarded a train from Gomo to Peshawar. From there, he made his way to Germany, travelling incognito with the help of his nephew Sisir Bose.

In April 1941, India and the world were stunned when Germany’s Goebbel’s radio service announced: India’s most popular leader had arrived in Berlin to ask for Hitler’s help to deliver India from British rule.

Bose firmly believed that only an armed uprising could free India from the tyranny of the British, now arms uprising by committed soldiers and policemen can free India from conspired clutches of RSS, present polluted India can be compared the then situation of British ruled India to finish factual nationalists.

World War II seemed to provide an opportune moment to Indian freedom. UK was under attack from Japan, Germany and Italy. Guided by his belief “you must battle against iniquity, no matter what the cost may be,” his plan was to enlist external aid from these nations to crush British imperialism.

Once in Germany, Netaji had two objectives: the first, to set up an Indian government-in-exile, and the second, to create the Azad Hind Fauj, or “Legion Freies Indien”, a force of 50,000 Indian troops, mainly from Indian prisoners-of-war captured by Rommel’s Afrika Korps.

Netaji wanted them to be trained to the highest standards of the German army, so that they could form an elite fighting force which would enter India from Afghanistan at the head of a combined German-Russian-Italian-Indian army of liberation.

However, Bose’s two-year stay in Berlin was frustrating. Adolf Hitler, the German Chancellor, did not receive him for a whole year after his arrival in Germany.

When Nethaji did, it was frosty, with Hitler giving no assurance about backing Indian independence. The Nazi leader had written, right there in his book “Mein Kampf”, that he, “as a German, would far rather see India under British domination than under that of any other nation.

”In the end, a disappointed Bose decided to leave for Japan towards the end of 1942. By then, Imperial Japan had conquered Burma (now Myanmar). In its POW camps tens of thousands of Indian jawans were held captured as the power cut through British colonies of South-East Asia.

Those jawans were the army of Bose, had been looking for, and the reason for his new journey to Japan. This time, his vehicle was not a motor car, an aero plane or a train, instead it was a submarine, the Unterseeboot 180 (or U-180), skulking low in the icy water at the mouth of a Baltic fjord by Laboe, at the northern tip of Germany.

The U-180 was a long-range submarine with its forward torpedo tubes removed to create a hold for extra cargo, Its mission was to deliver diplomatic mail for the German embassy in Tokyo, blueprints of jet engines and other technical material for the Japanese military.

In the end, a disappointed Bose decided to leave for Japan towards the end of 1942. By then, Imperial Japan had conquered Burma (now Myanmar). In its POW camps tens of thousands of Indian jawans were held captured as the power cut through British colonies of South-East Asia,.

On February 9, 1943, its final freight arrived in a motorboat from the beach: three Indians, passengers Abid Hasan Safrani, Subhash Chandra Bose and Abdur Rahman (2nd in INA’s command (Bose’s closest aides).

The U-boat crew had been briefed that their passengers were engineers headed for occupied Norway, to help build reinforced submarine docks. As a result, Bose, Abdul Rehman and Safrani were permitted to sit up in the sunlight, in the conning tower, for as long as they were in German waters. The submarine set a course that took it north along the Norwegian coast, then making a turn west towards the Faroe Islands.

The sea was rough, and the Indians were often seasick. However, despite the airless confinement, it was an exhilarating moment for team Bose. He was on the move once again, working towards fulfilling their dream of one day arriving in free Delhi.

While his aide joked and groused with the crew, Bose and Rahman spent much of their time reading, writing and planning how to deal with the Japanese.

At dawn on April 21, 1943, 400 miles southwest of Madagascar, the U-180 rendezvoused with a Japanese submarine and exchanged signals. As mountainous waves struck the German U-Boat under dark and rolling skies, its captain emphatically advised Subhash Chandra Bose against leaving the vessel to board the Japanese submarine.

Bose replied: “I haven’t come all this way to go back.” Disregarding the fact that he could not swim, Bose stepped into a raft with Safrani and Rahman and crossed the stormy seas to board the Japanese vessel I-29, anchored a 100 meters away to prevent the possibility of collision.

The crossing was short, and only took minutes but it was a nautical feat without precedent in the war—the only sub-to-sub transfer of civilians in hostile waters.

Two Japanese engineers then took their places on the U-180 – along with fifty bars of gold. Then the two submarines dived beneath the waves and set off for home in different directions, after two years spent in Hitler’s Reich, Bose was now a guest of Japan’s Imperial Navy, Nethaji’ warfare history, speaks.

Aboard the I-29, the Japanese captain Teraoka gave his own cabin to the Indian guests Nethaji and Abdur Rahman; it all felt, as Safrani wrote in his memoir, like “something akin to a homecoming”. Before they sailed, the Japanese crew shopped for Indian spices in Penang, Malaysia.

They served Bose, Rehman and Hasan a hot curry, to celebrate their crossing, and the birthday of the emperor in whose realm they had just arrived.

In the coming days, Bose would continue to Sabang on the tip of Sumatra, before moving to Singapore and finally to Tokyo. Here, he would take command of the Indian National Army, Occupied Andaman Nicobar and Manipur area from British rule and become first Prime Minister of India.

Netaji the bravest son, as the Commander in Chief of INA, knocked down the foundation of British Empire by arms which lead to Indian Independence.