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  • Dated: 07 November , 2008
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An unfinished life

Two recent books from Permanent Black are both on Subhas Chandra Bose. Chalo Delhi,Writings and Speeches 1943–1945 his has been edited by his nephew Sisir Kumar Bose and Sugata Bose.


This is Volume 12 of Netaji’s Collected Works, and “brings together all his speeches and writings as leader of the Azad Hind movement from June 1943 to August 1945. His stirring speeches in Singapore, Malaya, and Burma electrified massive audiences of civilians and soldiers, united Indians of all religions, and inspired them to join the march towards Delhi.


The Proclamation of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind (Free India) in Singapore on 21 October 1943 blends erudition and passion. Netaji’s radio address to the ‘Father of Our Nation’ provides the most detailed justification of his course of action and seeks the Mahatma’s blessings in the ‘holy war’ raging around Imphal and Kohima. The ‘Tokyo thesis’ delivered to university faculty and students in November 1944 highlights the three supreme challenges for free India—national defence, eradication of poverty, and education for all. His letters—most published here for the first time—reveal Netaji’s special solicitude for the young women and men who joined the Indian National Army.”


Also edited by Sisir Bose is Netaji’s correspondence between 1923 and 1926, titled IN BURMESE PRISONS. “Subhas Chandra Bose’s exile in Burmese prisons from 1924 to 1927 witnessed the transformation of a lieutenant into a leader. During the non-cooperation movement and its aftermath he had wholeheartedly accepted Deshbandhu Chitta Ranjan Das as his political mentor. The apprenticeship was cut short by Deshbandhu’s death in June 1925. When Subhas received this terrible news as a prisoner in Mandalay, he felt “desolate with a sense of bereavement”, as he wrote to his friend Dilip Kumar Roy.


Netaji’s letters cover a very wide array of topics—art, music, literature, nature, education, folk culture, civic affairs, criminology, spirituality, and, of course, politics. He bore the rigours of prison life with a combination of stoicism and humour. “


Both volumes are important components to understanding one of the more enigmatic of our leaders in the freedom struggle. Sisir Bose and Sugata Bose have also edited his unfinished biography, An Indian Pilgrim from Oxford University Press is also on the Scholars website.


Find these books in our History section, in the Permanent Black listing, and under Biography.


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