Audio CD, approx. 80 minutes
Stock Number: C012
A detailed overview of the fascinating life of a towering figure in India’s struggle for freedom from British rule. In the years before World War II, Subhas Chandra Bose – together with Gandhi and Nehru -- played a leading role in India’s struggle for independence. After a dramatic escape in 1941 from British-ruled India to Europe, this gifted and dynamic figure made an alliance with Hitler’s Germany, where he founded the “Indian Legion,” a volunteer military force that served under German command. Bose then made a perilous journey by submarine to east Asia, where he organized and headed a “Free India Army,” which grew to some 40,000 men (and women), and fought with Japanese forces in Asia.
Affectionately known as “Netaji,” or revered leader, he also headed the “Free India Provisional Government.” Since his death in August 1945, Bose’s stature in his homeland, the world’s second most populous country, has grown impressively. Today he is universally regarded as one of the great figures of India’s national history. This lecture at the Second IHR Conference (1980) is given by an Indian scholar who for years was a senior staff member of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.