His Majestys Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and Indias Struggle Against Empire by Sugata BoseThe man whom Indian nationalists perceived as the George Washington of India and who was President of the Indian National Congress in 1938 1939 is a legendary figure. Called Netaji ( leader ) by his countrymen, Subhas Chandra Bose struggled all his life to liberate his people from British rule and, in pursuit of that goal, raised and led the Indian National Army against Allied Forces during World War II. His patriotism, as Gandhi asserted, was second to none, but his actions aroused controversy in India and condemnation in the West.
Now, in a definitive biography of the revered Indian nationalist, Sugata Bose deftly explores a charismatic personality whose public and private life encapsulated the contradictions of world history in the first half of the twentieth century. He brilliantly evokes Netaji s formation in the intellectual milieu of Calcutta and Cambridge, probes his thoughts and relations during years of exile, and analyzes his ascent to the peak of nationalist politics. Amidst riveting accounts of imprisonment and travels, we glimpse the profundity of his struggle: to unite Hindu and Muslim, men and women, and diverse linguistic groups within a single independent Indian nation. Finally, an authoritative account of his untimely death in a plane crash will put to rest rumors about the fate of this deathless hero.
This epic of a life larger than its legend is both intimate, based on family archives, and global in significance. His Majesty s Opponent establishes Bose among the giants of Indian and world history.
Subhas Chandra Bose
The findings of the commission, set up in , which will now be tabled in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, reportedly only draw parallels between Bose and the Baba. It mentions that other than literature in English, Bengali and Hindi, the three languages in which Netaji was fluent, books on Bose himself and authors he liked to read have been recovered. Sources said that the report also mentions that Gumnami Baba was also fluent in these three languages and was an influential person to whom people flocked. The report also mentions Gumnami Baba's love for music and cigars," said the source. Justice Vishnu Sahai had earlier told reporters that many people he interviewed, had come with the pre-conceived notion that Gumnami Baba was indeed Bose. He, however, added that collecting reliable testimony was a challenge since the Baba died in and witnesses deposed before the commission only in and
Though Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru have garnered much of the credit for successful culmination of Indian freedom struggle, the contribution of Subash Chandra Bose is no less. He has been denied his rightful place in the annals of Indian history. SubhashChandra Bose was deeply disturbed by the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre, and left his Civil Services apprenticeship midway to return to India in Please fell free to contact us. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to hearing from you. Skip to main content. Login Create account.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was a fierce nationalist, whose defiant patriotism made him one of the greatest freedom fighters in Indian history. He was also credited with setting up the Indian Army as a separate entity from the British Indian Army - which helped catapult the freedom struggle. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was one of the most revered leaders of his time and in Indian history. Many of us assembled here today knew Netaji well, and on this occasion we are overwhelmed by the memory of one who gave us the slogan Dilli Chalo. He is not with us. But his sword—which we have the privilege to receive here today—reminds us of his powerful and beautiful presence. I still remember how thrilled we used to get as children by just looking into his fiery eyes.