Recollections and reflections

Reminiscences, Rafi Ahmad Kidwai

I first came in contact with Subhas Bose in 1923 at Delhi when the Congress was divided into two groups over the question of what was known as 'Council Entry.'...Subhas Babu, as the favourite lieutenant of Deshabandhu, was playing a prominent part in the controversy. more>>


The best and the bravest men and women of an enslaved nation hastened the demise of the mighty British empire by resisting them tooth and nail in the trenches of Bengal, UP, Bihar, Punjab, Odisha and Maharashtra, and moving beyond the borders of India, from England, USA and South East Asia. Crushed by the Raj,  they didn’t live to tell their story. Yet, we must, narrate their tales, again and again. For a nation that does not know its history, does not make one. It is also in the history of Indian freedom fight, or rather in the denial of the heroic revolutionaries their due, that the seeds of left movements in India would be sown. But, above and beyond, the history of freedom struggle in India is of greater import for the foundational conflicts it revealed between different understandings of India’s nationhood than the outcome itself, and the attribution of due credits per se. more>>

The re-evaluation of certain crucial events in the transitional period in which India obtained her freedom from British rule is not merely a matter of historical concern, for it was during this period that both the nationalist movement which today governs India and the military organization which today defends India came into their own, each being subjected to prolonged and severe challenges and each emerging substantially in the form that they exist today..... more>>

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One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.
Freedom is not given, it is taken
No real change in history has ever been acheived by discussions
Nationalism is inspired by the highest ideals of the human race, satyam [the true], shivam [the god], sundaram [the beautiful]

Forward on the fast by detenus in Mandalay Jail, 1926