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>>


Last week Ashish Ray, a grandnephew of Subhas Chandra Bose, suddenly decided to make his case for Netaji's death in Taiwan in August 1945. He launched a new website whose purpose, in his words, is "to chronicle the truth about what happened to Subhas Chandra Bose, based on 25 years of investigation and research into this subject".

Mr Ray has tried to marshal his arguments in favour of the theory that Bose died in a plane crash in 1945.

Mission Netaji refutes Mr Ray's claims with the help of supporting official documents which tell the full story, and punches big holes in his claims. 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>>

  • sriharsa
  • jayasree
  • Right To Information
  • Forward Bloc
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