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.
Volume 2 continues Rash Behari Bose’s biography, introduced in the first volume. Key historical events described include the formation of the Ghadar Party, the Komagata Maru incident, the Hindu-German Conspiracy, and the Lahore Mutiny. This volume begins with the details of Bose’s dramatic escape from the British authorities following the Delhi bombing of 1912, and his eventual decision to flee to Japan. After arriving in Japan, a deportation order was issued for Bose upon request by England, and he was forced to go into a life of hiding, in constant pursuit by the authorities and hired spies. The book describes a series of close calls and narrow escapes, aided by numerous influential Japanese figures who supported Bose and his cause. After hiding at Nakamuraya under the care of the Somas for four and a half months, Bose would continue to remain in hiding for the next eight years, moving a total of seventeen times. His success at avoiding capture was made possible, perhaps most of all, by his wife, Toshiko, the daughter of the Soma family. This volume depicts his family life, the birth of his two children, Bose’s naturalisation as a Japanese citizen following the end of the Great European War, and Toshiko’s heartrending early death at the age of 27. Details are also included about the Sōma family, Tōyama Mitsuru, A.M. Nair, and other monumental figures in Japan who grew closer to Bose than his very own family in India. These were the people who provided indispensable support to Bose and his fight for Indian independence, and an authentic understanding of these individuals will set the necessary foundation for the forthcoming descriptions of Rash Behari Bose and his momentous work.