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>>


Naturally, such an attitude towards Bose ultimately led to distortion and simplification of his role in the Indian freedom movement. Even in the 1980s, when Bose finally received greater attention of Soviet historians, their works were not free from errors and inaccuracies. Thus, P. V. Kutsobin argued that Bose's political position in the late 1930s was close to that of the Communist Party of India, although it is known that Bose on many issues was not in agreement with the communists. However, the 1980s reflected a more sympathetic attitude in Soviet historiography of 1980s towards Bose. He came to be regarded as a leader who played a prominent role in the Left Wing of the Congress party and the national movement. 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