New Delhi January 15
A new biography of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose attempts to offer a fresh perspective on a range of issues, including his ideas on the independent development of India, the problem of communalism, geopolitics, his own political ideology and how he negotiated with political parties, revolutionary societies and the government.
“Bose: The Untold Story of My Uncomfortable People”Written by researcher and founder of lobby group Mission Netaji, Chandrachur Ghose, it will be released in February by Penguin Random House India under the Viking imprint.
According to the publishers, the book is poised to open a window to the many untold and hitherto unknown stories about Netaji that coincide with his 125th birthday.
The book sheds light on Bose’s intense political activities around revolutionary groups in Bengal, Punjab, Maharashtra, and the United Provinces; his efforts to bridge the growing societal divide and his influence among a divided political landscape; to engineer a mutiny among the Indian armed forces.
She added that one of the most sensitive issues that prevented political parties in India and successive governments from talking too much about Boss was his joining the Axis camp during World War II.
While Jawaharlal Nehru and other prominent Congress leaders publicly denounced the move, the CPI went on a protracted smear campaign.
“Sardar Patel instructed Congress leaders to defend the INA soldiers without eulogizing their leader. Bose’s alternative political language remained outside the mainstream political discourse in India, having been insulted by Western media and kept cold by the Indian official establishment and intellectuals,” the publishers said. .
Ghose said that Bose is among the most misunderstood symbols of modern India because much information about his work and ideas has either remained unused or inaccessible.
“The alternative that emerges from his ideas and activities to the officially supported Gandhi-Nehruvian model which was used to define the India project has not received the attention it deserves. More importantly, the central role played by Bose and the Indian National Army in hastening the end of British rule is still not officially recognized “.
Goss says his book “breaks down the stereotype of Bose as a brave warrior with a tyrannical bent, who was so consumed with the aim of liberating India that he paid little heed to the problem of the reconstruction of free India.”
According to Primanka Goswami, executive editor at Penguin and commissioned editor of the book, this new biography of Netaji opens a window to many of the complex aspects associated with him, which remain largely untelled and thus unknown for a long time.
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