Being one of the top-most figures of India’s war of independence, Subhas Chandra Bose had extreme intimacy with the Axis powers, first Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy and next Tojo’s Japan. He also was an advocate of Nazi-type role in India and elimination of Muslims from the country, copying Hitler’s Holocaust. Writes Suraiyya Aziz
One of the most admired political figures of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its political allies in India is Subhas Chandra Bose. Although it is a documented fact that Bose had collaborated with the Axis, after he fled to Germany in 1941 and offered Adolf Hitler an alliance. He criticized the British during the World War II, saying that while Britain was fighting for the freedom of the European nations under Nazi control, it would not grant independence to its own colonies, including India.
It was probably in Germany that Subhas Chandra Bose (1897-1945) was first known as ‘Netaji’, which literally means ‘leader of leaders’ (‘Führer’ is the equivalent German expression). The period of his stay in Germany was from April 1941 to February 1943. He stayed in Nazi Germany for two long years with an inhuman fascist clique like Hitler which desperately tried to submerge the whole of humanity in rivers of blood.
India’s romance with the fascists
Being one of the top-most figures of India’s war of independence, Subhas Chandra Bose had extreme intimacy with the Axis powers, first Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy and next Tojo’s Japan. He also was an advocate of Nazi-type role in India and elimination of Muslims from the country, copying Hitler’s Holocaust.
Indian fans of Adolph Hitler:
Several Indian politicians have built formidable careers evoking Hitler’s ideology and publicly professing their admiration for him. “It is a Hitler that is needed in India today,” said Bal Thackeray, the leader of the Hindu extremist outfit Shiv Sena, in 1967.
Known for his exceptional bigotry, xenophobia and hate-mongering, his fascist ideology is eerily similar to, if not an exact replica of, the genocidal Nazi ideology. He has a track record of inciting tensions among Mumbai’s communities, urging Hindus to form suicide squads to kill Muslims. But he hasn’t stopped at “tactical” acts of violence: He has created a distinct brand of Hindu fascism which explicitly seeks inspiration in Nazi genocide.
“There is nothing wrong,” he said in a chilling interview in 1993 with Time magazine, “if Muslims are treated as Jews were in Nazi Germany.” Citing Hitler’s infamous polemic, he tried to apply fascist ideology in the Indian context. “If you take Mein Kampf and if you remove the word ‘Jew’ and put in the word ‘Muslim’, that is what I believe in,” he said.
His nephew and political successor, Raj Thackeray, took the baton. Speaking to journalists in 2009, he made this statement: “When it comes to organizational skills, there are few who can rival Hitler … there are several other things about Hitler, which any leader would envy.”
VD Savarkar, an extreme Hindu nationalist and early mentor of the RSS, had a great liking for Hitler’s Nazism and supported Hitler’s anti-Jewish pogroms.
“There is no reason to suppose that Hitler must be a human monster because he passes off as a Nazi,” he said, addressing a Hindu gathering in 1940, adding, “Nazism proved undeniably the savior of Germany.” Seeking to purge Muslims from India, he wrote: “If we Hindus in India grow stronger, in time these Muslim friends of the League type will have to play the part of German-Jews instead.”
This fanatical admiration for Hitler and his genocidal agenda is not an aberration. It was, and still is, endemic among the RSS leadership. MS Golwalkar, another early RSS leader, also known as the “Guru of Hate,” idolized Hitler’s Nazi cultural nationalism, and wanted to create a Hindu nation by adopting Hitler’s totalitarian and fascist pattern. In his 1939 book, We, Our Nationhood Defined, he wrote:
“German race pride has now become the topic of the day. To keep up the purity of the race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic Races – the Jews … a good lesson for us in Hindustan for us to learn and profit by.”
This is not a careless, thoughtless evocation, rather a carefully planned political move.
Pro-Nazi terrorist group regains political center stage in India:
Banned three times and named a terrorist organization, the RSS has now regained political center stage with Modi’s prime ministership. With branches in more than 50,000 villages, there is growing support for a violent, fascist ideology.
A bizarre new strand of Hindu Nazism, particularly among the young, is rearing its ugly head. It’s menacing, to say the least. Its leaders boast of killing India’s minorities and beheading their political opponents, while promoting aggressive Hindu nationalism on narrow religious and ethnic terms.
A growing contempt for India’s minorities manifests itself racist remarks passed with casual insouciance.
Indian’s hatred towards Jews and Christians:
It’s not uncommon to hear remarks such as “These bloody Jews/Rothschilds/Soros control the world/financial system/whole of Hollywood.” The number of Jews in India is very small. Yet there is, despite a long-held belief to the contrary, anti-Semitism. “These Christian missionaries deserve to be hanged – they are only interested in conversions” is another frequent comment. Only 2.4% of India’s population is Christian. Yet they are constantly attacked. When it comes to India’s Muslims, the invective is multiplied exponentially.
How can so many Hindu Indians be convinced that they suffer second-class status in a country where they number almost 82% of the population?
As Khushwanth Singh wrote in 2003, “The juggernaut of Hindu fundamentalism has emerged from the temple of intolerance, and is on its yatra [on the march]. … The fascist agenda of Hindu fanatics is unlike anything we have experienced in our modern history.”
The idea of India is based on the foundations of communal harmony, mutual respect and secular values. Now, it’s up to us to ensure our Indian political parties and constituencies don’t hijack Hinduism, a peaceful religion, with a repurposed Nazism that advocates the same genocidal intentions as Hitler, but this time round directed at our own minority communities.
India’s liberation war hero was a friend of Adoplh Hitler:
Subhash Chandra Bose and many of the leaders of the liberation war of India were having excellent relations with Adoph Hitler. Taking this advantage, Subhash Chandra Bose went to Germany and met Hitler with the request of helping India in getting liberated from British occupation.
In May 1941, a special meeting was arranged between Adolph Hitler and Subhash Chandra Bose at Hitler’s residence. They discussed forming an alliance between Nazi Germany and Indians to fight against the British. Bose also asked for the release of Indian Prisoners who were arrested in North Africa, and subsequently Hitler had agreed and released over 1,000 Indians from the Nazi captivity.
During Hitler-Bose meeting, the issue of Holocaust came up and Subhash Chandra Bose enthusiastically extended support on his behalf and on behalf of the Indians. At Hitler’s direct patronization, Subhash Bose established Free India Center in Berlin and created the Indian Legion out of Indian prisoners of war. Its members swore the following allegiance to Hitler and Bose:
“I swear by God this holy oath that I will obey the leader of the German race and state, Adolf Hitler, as the commander of the German armed forces in the fight for India, whose leader is Subhash Chandra Bose”.
This oath clearly shows the importance that Subhash Chandra Bose command in Nazi Germany as being called in the oath along with Fuhrer [Hitler].
India’s father of the nation Gandhi was a Hitler sympathizer:
According to a report published in the Spectator, India’s father of the nation ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi is quoted in a statement of May 1940 saying: “I do not believe Herr Hitler to be as bad as he is portrayed”
Why Hitler and Nazis helped India’s war of independence?
The question is possibly irritating to the Indians, but it is imperative to find the answer for the sake of a plain fact – Hindus and India had never been favorable to Jews and Christians. If they are pretending to be the “best friend” of the Jews, let us not forget, it is simply because of their wild aspiration of letting India become a global super-power.