Subhash Chandra Bose is represented as the epitome of patriotism who sacrificed his life in order to free his motherland from the clutches of imperialist British rule. Historians have painted a heroic image of ‘Netaji’ which makes the youth perceive him as the greatest revolutionary icon of pre-independent India. However, the sycophants of Bose conveniently ignore his overt and covert admiration towards fascism, authoritarianism and Stalinist communism. Unile Jawaharlal Nehru, Netaji was not committed towards the ideals of democracy and openly opined that India should be placed under dictatorial rule for at least 20 years in the aftermath of Independence.

Although advocates of ‘Bose legacy’ justify his approach towards Adolf Hitler and Tojo Hideki as tactical moves to attain freedom, they adopt a tight-lipped response when quizzed about Bose’s self-revealed inclination towards Benito Mussolini’s fascism, and the proposal to establish a totalitarian order following the British exodus from India. (ALSO READ: Rajnath Singh slams Congress for not unravelling Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose mystery)

The very fisrt address made by Bose on being elected as the Mayor of Calcutta validates his inclination towards fascism. Here is what he said: “I would say we have here in this policy and program a synthesis of what modern Europe calls Socialism and Fascism. We have here the justice, the equality, the love, which is the basis of Socialism, and combined with that we have the efficiency and the discipline of Fascism as it stands in Europe today.”

The following remarks made by Bose while addressing students at Tokyo University in 1944 further proves that he was dictatorial to the core. “Indian politics must have an authoritarian character. … To repeat once again, our philosophy should be a synthesis between National Socialism and Communism,” he said in a speech delivered on November 2, 1944. What Netaji refers to as National Socialism is nothing else but Nazism, the socio-political ideology of Hitler.

Even though if pseudo-patriots succeed in somehow escaping the arguments originating from the above two quotes, the following remarks made by Bose in his book The Indian Struggle (inspired by Hitler’s autobiography Mein Kamph or My Struggle) will leave them absolutely exposed:

“One is inclined to hold that the next phase in world-history will produce a synthesis between Communism and Fascism. And will it be a surprise if that synthesis in produced in India? … In spite of the antithesis between Communism and Fascism, there are certain traits in common. Both Communism and Fascism believe in the supremacy of the State over the individual. Both denounce parliamentary democracy. Both believe in party rule. Both believe in the dictatorship of the party and in the ruthless suppression of all dissenting minorities. Both believe in a planned industrial reorganization of the country. These common traits will form the basis of the new synthesis. That synthesis is called … ‘Samyavadi’ — an Indian word, which means literally ‘the doctrine of synthesis or equality.’ It will be India’s task to work out this synthesis.”

For those who hypocritically describe Samyavadi as a tool of self-emancipation should know that it is derived from the policies of Nazism and Fascism which have accounted for the death of millions of innocents in Europe.

Although Subhash Chandra Bose might come across as a revolutionary face of the Indian Independence movement who seems to be a lot more intriguing than the ‘boring’ Gandhi and Nehru, one must understand that Netaji’s vision was to impose an autocratic rule in India under whom the rights of citizens would be even more miserable as compared to the then British rule.

For those who are still unable to digest the real ideology of their history book hero, here is another quote of Bose which he made during an interview with Singapore Daily in 1944. “So long as there is a third party, ie the British, these dissensions will not end. These will go on growing. They will disappear only when an iron dictator rules over India for 20 years. For a few years at least, after the end of British rule in India, there must be a dictatorship…No other constitution can flourish in this country and it is so to India’s good that she shall be ruled by a dictator, to begin with.”

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