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Bose – Immortal Legend of India’s Freedom

Contemporary Critical Orientations

Re-markings  Special Number Vol.16  No.1  January 2017

Chief Editor :  Nibir K. Ghosh
Editors :         A. Karunaker
Sunita Rani Ghosh

Chief Guest

Prof. Sugata Bose
Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History,
Harvard University, U.S.A., M.P., Lok Sabha and
Grand-nephew of Subhas Chandra Bose.


Dr. Arvind Kumar Dixit
Vice Chancellor,
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra.

Saturday, March 18th, 2017. Agra Club, Agra.

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As an adolescent, Subhas Chandra Bose had questioned his mother, “Will the condition of our country continue to go from bad to worse – will not any son of Mother India in distress, in total disregard of his selfish interests, dedicate his whole life to the cause of the Mother?” Intuitively aware of his own destiny as the selfsame gallant knight of “Mother India in distress,” Bose was largely instrumental in hastening the departure of the British Empire from the soil of India by virtue of his undisputed military valour and inspiring leadership of the I.N.A. Yet, despite the reluctant and grudging testimony of the likes of Lord Mountbatten and Clement Atlee, it is passing strange that narratives of his stellar role in the Indian freedom struggle continue to languish in the anonymous corridors of History. This Special Number of Re-Markings addresses every possible aspect of Bose’s life, work and writings and also dwells upon related issues of contemporary relevance like women empowerment, communal amity,  economic planning, caste/class dichotomy, make-in-India initiative, role of media in state governance, corruption in high places, that Bose had been concerned with in his perpetual ‘discovery of India.’ The volume is bound to be of abiding interest for everyone interested in the remaking of a nation in consonance with the legacy bequeathed to us by the immortal legend of India’s freedom.

Excerpts :

Bose lived a dream – a dream that the dedicated and the restless youth of India had dreamt for decades and for daring to make that dream into a reality, several had gone to the gallows with a smile on their faces. – Colonel Mahboob Ahmad, Military Secretary to Netaji

Bose lost his life for the country and he is not given the recognition he deserves. What upsets me is that he has not been given his due even in the writing of history.… We desperately need someone like him, someone who is not self seeking but can put the country before himself. The idea of being an Indian is dying out. – Mrs. Zeenat Ahmad, Wife and companion to Colonel Mahboob Ahmad

Netaji contributed towards the obtaining of India’s freedom, although not everybody approved of his methods. I do not regret the fact that in the beginning of his career my name was linked with his. We both of us each in his own way helped to make modern India. –Edward Farley Oaten, Professor, Presidency College, Calcutta

Bose’s life was an example of tyag or renunciation of power and privilege. Netaji has been neglected in official histories and textbooks and by court historians in post-independence India. He looms large in popular memory, not just in Bengal, but throughout the subcontinent. – Professor Sugata Bose, grand-nephew of Subhas Chandra Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History, Harvard University, U.S.A., and Member of Parliament in the current Lok Sabha. 

Had Netaji been present when the tricolour was unfurled at the Red fort in Delhi on 15th August 1947, who knows India’s “tryst with destiny” may have been spectacularly resonant with Tagore’s “Heaven of Freedom.” – Nibir K. Ghosh, Chief Editor, Re-Markings