Rash Behari Bose was one of the most vital heroes of the Indian independence movement. Yet, there are few who are as misunderstood, and there is an unfortunate prevalence of widely circulating misconceptions regarding this great freedom fighter. Such false information is due largely to the fact that Bose wrote the majority of his voluminous publications in an old form of Japanese, making them largely inaccessible to the public. It is the aim of this book to clear up such misunderstandings by bringing to light the underexplored publications of Rash Behari Bose, and making available the words that Bose wished to share with the world.
Rash Behari Bose was born in 1886, and from the age of fifteen he dedicated his life to the Indian independence movement. After his involvement in the prominent bombing incidents of Delhi (1912) and Lahore (1915), he became a wanted man hunted by British authorities, and he fled to Japan in the spring of 1915. For the next thirty years, until his death in Tokyo on January 21, 1945, Bose continued his fight for Indian independence. It was there in Japan that, with the indispensible support of the Japanese people, Bose established the Indian Independence League and the Indian National Army, which were pivotal in the struggle for India’s liberation.
This eBook is divided into six volumes, translating and condensing the crux of Rash Behari Bose’s voluminous publications into a manageable size. I have also included translations of relevant historical documents, speeches, and the writings of his family and close acquaintances.
Volume 1 introduces the broad context and background information necessary for a full understanding of this series, including a description of the plight of India, and the historical ties between India and Japan. We then enter Rash Behari Bose’s self-written biography, including his description of his birth and childhood, and his introduction to the Indian independence movement. Volume 1 closes with Bose’s dramatic escape from Delhi during the chaotic moments immediately following the Delhi bombing of 1912.
This book is a must-read for all Indians who wish to rediscover the authentic and dynamic history of India, in particular those who live in Japan or who have some connection or interest in Japan.
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