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Rash Behari Bose’s True Words are Valuable

Dear Author(s)

I’ll look forward to reading it. Completely agree that today on account of a false narrative that has been fed to us consistently by our colonial masters and their slaves, viz. Marxist communists and Gandhians we have a one sided picture of Indian freedom Movement and extremely lopsided view of Japan and even for that matter our own heritage, legacy and culture. Our cultural conquest started with Islamic aggression and was completed with British imperialism. What remained was a vast propaganda machine which obfuscated the truth. Now with the availability of information in the digital age, serious truth seekers can find the true stories if they want to discover. There are renewed interests in India about her heroes esp. as the younger generations don’t have any icon to look forward to and are on a dangerous and slopy path of self destruction through the loss of heritage, culture and legacy.

It is wonderful to see people like you rising above barriers to discover the hidden gems of human civilisation. People like Rash Behari Bose are shining light for our civilization, through their selflessness, courage, conviction about the triumph of truth and above all spirit of renunciation, to embrace all hardships for their ideals.
Also quite understand that narratives are often second hand and more importantly history is often written by the one who achieves victory and their perspectives are often coloured. So it is important for us to know what Rash Behari Bose did in the last 30 years of his life as there is hardly any material in India or for that matter interest in Indian researchers about him. The reason being, for the past 60 years Indian history was dominated by one class of intellectuals whose only effort was to establish certain vested ideologies. They are court historians of Indian elites and ruling classes and they did not want the truth to come out that would disturb their own agenda.

There is a picture on internet of Rabindranath Tagore with Rash Behari Bose and his Japanese family. If possible can you please check when did Tagore meet Bose in Japan? Initially though Tagore had an aversion against violence and wrote against Nationalism and revolutionaries, in his later days his worldview changed a lot and he was very close with Netaji and supported him whole heartedly despite the latter’s ideology contradicting his own. Wish to know if he had the same change of heart for Rash Behari Bose.

There are many legends in India about how Rash Behari used to deceive British police through his uncanny ability to act like anyone and change his appearance in a short notice, like his escapes as an Oriya servant, or an aged Anglo Indian violin maestro etc. Well known author Sarat Chandra Chatterjee created his famous character in his Bengali Novel Pather Dabi ( the quest for the path), Sabyasachi , in the image of Rash Behari Bose. Like Rash Behari Sabyasachi or doctor was a master of disguise. Like him he was carrying out a huge uprising against the British at an international level using Burma as base. But his plans failed owing to treachery and betrayals. But Sabyasachi was not disheartened. He would continue his fight, in another form, from another country until he could free his country from British tyranny.

There is an article by Sanchari Pal in the website http://www.thebetterindia.com on Rash Behari Bose which shows that young India is slowly but surely looking for the truth. Your contribution at this juncture is extremely valuable. I have already done a Facebook post on your book.

Thanks again for all the great work that you are doing. May the blessings of Rash Behari and other unsung heroes be always with you.

(Reader)

Dear S,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. One of the great side effects of this project has been meeting intelligent truth-seekers such as yourself. It gives one hope for the future.

Rabindranath Tagore is discussed in later volumes, and the dates that he visited Rash Behari Bose in Japan are also given. I will release the books one step at a time, as a great deal of time and effort is required to make them publishable. India has waited over 70 years to know the truth of Rash Behari Bose’s words, during which time, numerous British-Indian authors have concocted stories about him. I am aware that certain such lies are growing bigger. I would like the Indian people to know the truth as soon as possible, however the fact is that the majority are still not interested in knowing the truth. The reason for this is that they do not know how valuable it is to know Rash Behari Bose’s true words, and how harmful it is to continue on without knowing. In 70 years, there should surely have been an Indian who could have learnt old Japanese and read the words of Rash Behari Bose for himself, as Bose was able to learn Japanese in a matter of months. It is possible, and yet none have done so.

Some Indians have offered to sponsor publication of the books, but I sensed that they only wanted to use Rash Behari Bose’s name to bolster Subhas Chandra Bose, and to achieve their own financial gain. This is the reason why I have opted to publish independently on Amazon Kindle, rather than distorting the truth simply to publish in paper form. To this, Indians reply that they will not read the eBook, and are waiting for a hard copy. After so long, the truth is being presented, but they do not wish to know it because of the format in which it is published. It is disheartening to see how shallow the desire for knowledge is.

Regarding the tales of Rash Behari Bose’s numerous disguises and ability to deceive the police, such sensationalized stories are created by authors so that their work sells. There were two major factors that allowed Rash Behari Bose to remain safe. One was that, in those days, there were still a great deal of Indians with good hearts who wished for true Indian independence. Their support and aid was indispensable to Rash Behari Bose. The second cannot be explained by anything other than divine protection. He faced countless dangerous situations, and always escaped unscathed until Indian independence was made absolutely impossible at the hands of British-Indians. Until that time, Bose continued to thrive. If this cannot explain it, I do not know what can.

Such a magnificent man who did such magnificent work — this is a man that all Indians should be proud of.

Thanks again for your support.

(Author)

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To bring to light the true words of Rash Behari Bose

Dear Author(s),

I am reading the volume 1 of Rash Behari Bose, the father of Indian National Army. I am extremely delighted to see your effort in bringing to light one of the greatest revolutionaries and son of India, Rash Behari Bose. I had written an article sometimes back on him in order to make him, his sacrifices and his activities familiar with the younger generation who knows nothing of this great person. Rash Behari Bose and Jatindranath Mukherjee (Bagha Jatin) are the two names that were most feared by the British Government between 1910 and 1915. After Aurobindo, these two revolutionaries took up the mantle to keep the anti British activities alive. Both of them could plan and organize at a grand scale, were spiritually oriented and had intense love for India, so that they could sacrifice everything.

Sadly India post 1947 completely ignored them and upheld only one line – that of Gandhian non violence. The successive governments promoted and propagated one lineage, one family, one party and their contribution to Indian freedom movement, often exaggerating and belittling the efforts of the truly great ones. One good book in India in this respect is Two Revolutionaries by Uma Mukherjee, that discusses the life and exploits of Bagha Jatin (Jatindranath Mukherjee) and Rash Behari Bose. Another recent book is Life and Times of Jatindranath Mukherjee by Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee, a grandson of Bagha Jatin who live in France. Also history of freedom movement of India by Dr. R. C Mazumdar is possibly the most unbiased account of India’s freedom movement.

This period of Indian National Movement had revolutionaries who were intensely spiritual in nature, inspired by the ideals of Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest spiritual leaders. Swami Vivekananda visited Japan en route to Chicago in 1893 and he was extremely impressed by the nationalistic spirit, the industrialization and the patriotism of Japan, its cleanliness and its love for freedom. He urged every Indian to visit Japan and learn from the Japanese their ideals and their love for the nation. He later became a great friend of Kakuzo Okakura, and his disciple Sister Nivedita was closely associated with Okakura to formulate the one Asia concept and help in Indian nationalistic cause by promoting Indian art and also perhaps helping in early revolutionary activities. So India Japan friendship started much earlier.

When I read the condition of Japan post world war, the guilt and the Americanization of the younger generation who embraced an alien culture, I was amazed to find the similarity with present day India as we are riding the same crest of demeaning our culture, civilization and embracing alien culture. Let me assure you that many Indians have a very favourable notion about Japan and Japanese and people like Katju and his elks are really a minority. You may have unfortunately come in touch with this minority. Another point is most of India’s so called highly educated are leftist elites and naturally they are predisposed to hate Japan. Their view is not shared by the masses. The left liberals have ruled India for long and changed its history and taught us to hate our culture and it is on account of their concerted efforts (they hold very important position in every academic institutions. Moreover they have enjoyed the backing and support of ruling Congress since the days of Nehru) that Japan’s role in World War 2 is considered as dubious and Japanese are viewed as aggressors by certain sections. Majority of Indians however do not subscribe to their views.

I perhaps would not be able to change your notion about Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, but would only say the following – Rash Behari loved him and knew him to be his only worthy successor, not only because they were fellow Bengalis, but also it was only Subhas who shared his intense love for the Indian cause, his ideal of supreme sacrifice for the country and to dedicate everything for the sake of the country’s interest. Netaji is also a forgotten hero by Government, but people hold him in respect because he was the only leader who commanded respect, who as betrayed by Congress and who decided to follow the footsteps of Jatindranath and Rash Behari to fight the British through armed revolution. He lost as British moles had penetrated INA got wind of all his plans. His strategies were often thwarted by lack of resources, betrayal and also British propaganda machine and betrayal of his own countrymen who did everything to prevent his success. Netaji is largely regarded as a tragic hero. Netaji was respected by the Japanese higher authority and Tojo himself had only admiration for him. Many in India believes and there are new evidences that there was no plane crash. Japanese Government set up a smoke screen to help Subhas Chandra Bose escape to Russia to help him continue his battle to free India. Netaji was the one true successor of Rash Behari. He never took credit for creating INA and always held Rash Behari in extreme respect. He had to reorganize INA, rename it to Azad Hind as he needed to form a provincial Government to take on the British. Like Rash Behari he was an rencunciate in spirit, a sannyasi whose only ideal was his country.

Another Bengali who is held in high esteem in Japan is possibly Justice Radha Binod Pal. Am sure you have heard his name. It takes real guts to stand against the collective verdict of Anglo American council and oppose the sentence meted out to the so called war criminals of Japan. The war crimes of the allied forces are many for them to hold any high moral ground.

Let Lord Buddha bring India and Japan closer and closer. Incidentally Bengal, the place from where Rash Behari, Netaji, Radha Binod, all came had once been a fertile ground for Buddhism in the 7th and 8th century AD under the mighty Pala kingdom who ruled a large part of North India from Bengal. Also it was Atish Dipankar, a noted Buddhist scholar from Bengal who spread the ideals of Buddhism to China and Tibet.

(Reader)

 

Dear S,

Many thanks for your thoughtful email. I appreciate your support and your dedication to such an important topic to India, Japan, and Asia as a whole.

The main goal of my project is to bring to light the true words of Rash Behari Bose, and others who knew him or worked closely alongside him, such as A.M. Nair, M. Sivaram, Toshiko, Kokko and Aizo and Yasuo Soma, and others. The volumes contain only a condensation of their own writings. They were never meant to project my own personal opinions. This is a crucial characteristic of my publications.

I have read the English language texts that you have listed, as well as many others. After extensive research and comparisons between these texts, and those in Japanese (written both by Japanese people and Indians), it is clear that the English language texts contradict the Japanese texts.

Even for me, personally, this has been a long learning process. I am neither Japanese nor Indian, and was deeply immersed in Western propaganda. It took years and immense effort to realize the undeniable fact that all English publications about Asia are written with a bias. Even those written by Indians such as Uma Mukherjee are written by referring to other English language resources, and as such, they are not reliable either. When there are contradicting accounts of the same event, I side with the reports by freedom fighters who fought against colonialism and who directly experienced the events. I would not side with the reports by the colonialists themselves, nor second-hand reports by Indians writing in English who were not engaged in the events. Understanding the crucial differences between these is imperative, and is vital to the bright future of India and Japan.

I have read what Rash Behari Bose and those close to him wrote about Subhas Chandra Bose, as well as what SCB himself wrote about his own actions. This is only what I convey in my writings. It is important to me to provide an unbiased English-language text, as none such exist to my knowledge. As far as I have seen, no English documents have been written by people who could read and write old-style Japanese, as Rash Behari Bose did. Rash Behari Bose said that Indians tend to refer to English materials to learn about world history, and even about Indians’ own culture and past. It was his firm conviction that Indians must rewrite their own history, rather than relying on the British. It is my intention to honour this.

Regarding such important personages as Radhabinod Pal, Vivekananda and Okakura Kakuzo, they are covered in later volumes, yet to be published. These will provide information and interpretation of historical facts that are not available in English.

I am certain that this is very important knowledge for Indian people. It is something they must know, but I am increasingly coming to have doubts that the Indian people even care to know the truth. I plan to eventually complete up to the 6th volume, although it is disheartening to see Indians’ lack of interest in learning their own truth, and the persistence of relying on distortions by colonizers and authorities.

Thank you again for your support. I hope that you will also read Volume 2.

(Author)

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