The Essential Writings of Netaji Subash Bose

The Essential Writings of Netaji Subash Bose

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Author: Sisir Kumar Bose
Sugata Bose/
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 1998
Language: English
Pages: 338
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195648544


This volume containing selected writings from Netaji Collected Works in a single volume will serve as a useful preamble to the thought of India's foremost militant nationalist.

The Popular perception of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is that of a warrior-hero and revolutionary leader who led a life of suffering and sacrifice and who, during the Second World War, waged a great armed struggle for the freedom of India.

What is often forgotten is that the warrior paused between battles to reflect on and write about the fundamental political, economic and social issues facing India and the world during his lifetime. The ideas he put forward were the products of a philosophical mind applied to careful analyses of specific historical situations and informed by direct and continuous revolutionary experiences in different part of the world of a kind unknown to any other leader of contemporary India. This volume is indispensable for all those interested in modern South Asian history and politics as well as nationalism and international relations in the twentieth century.

This book, containing select writings from ‘Netaji Collected Works’ in a single volume, will serve as a useful preamble to the thought of India’s foremost militant nationalist.
—The Hindu


Editors’ Introduction

1. Mother India (Excerpts of letters to his mother, 1912-13)

2. At Cambridge (chapter in his unfinished autobiography ‘An Indian Pilgrim’
containing extensive quotations from letters to his brother Sarat Chandra Bose
during 1921 on the decision to resign from the Indian Civil Service)

3. Prison Life in Burma (excerpts of letters to his brother Sarat Chandra Bose,
sister-in-law Bivabati Bose, friend Dilip Kumar Roy and novelist Sarat Chandra
Chattopadhyay, 1924-27)

4. Deshbandhu Chittranjan Das (letter to Hemendra Nath Dasgupta, 20
February 1926)

5. Bengal’s Spiritual Quest (excerpts of letters to Basanti Devi, 1927)

6. Democracy in India (presidential addresss at the Maharashtra Provincial
Conference, Poona, 3 May 1928)

7. Complete Independence (Speech at the Calcutta session of the Indian
National Congress, December 1928)

8. The Individual, the Nation and the Idea (speech at the Hooghly District
Students’ Conference, Chinsurah, 22 July 1929)

9. Punjab and Bengal, Students and Politics (speech at the Punjabi Students’
Conference, Lahore, 19 October 1929)

10. Socialism in India (speech at the All India Naujawan Bharat Sabha Karachi, 5
April 1931)

11. Trade Union and the Problems of Unemployment (presidential address at the
All India Trade Union Congress, Calcutta, 4 July 1931)

12. The Anti-Imperialist Struggle and Samyavada (presidential address at the
Third Indian Political Conference, London, 10 June 1933)

13. The Role of Mahatma Gandhi in Indian History (chapter 16 in ‘The Indian
Struggle 1935)

14. India and Germany (excerpts of letters to Amiya Chakravarti and Dr
Theirfelder, March 1936)

15. Impressions of Ireland (March 1936)

16. First Love (a letter to Emilie Schenkl, 1936)

17. Europe---Today and Tomorrow (21 August 1937)

18. Japan’s Role in the Far East (19 September 1937)

19. My Faith (Philosophical) (the final chapter in his unfinished autobiography ‘An
Indian Pilgrim, 1937)

20. The Haripura Address (presidential address at the 51st Session of the Indian
National Congress, February 1938

21. Sadhana (reply to Rabindranath Tagore’s address of welcome at
Santiniketan, 21 January 1939)

22. The Tripuri Address (presidential address at the 52nd Session of the Indian
National Congress, March 1939)

23. Riding Two Horses (a letter to Jawaharlal Nehru, 28 March 1939 and the
article ‘My Strange Illness’, April 1939)

24. The Ramgarh Address (presidential address at the All-India Anti-
Compromise Conference, 19 March 1940)

25. My Political Testament (letter to the Governor of Bengal before commencing
fast-undo-death, 26 November 1940)

26. Forward Bloc---Its Justification (political thesis written in Kabul, February-
March 1941)

27. Free India and its Problems (1942)

28. Azad Hind (special order of the day, 25 August 1943 and Proclamation of the
Provisional Government of Free India, Singapore, 21 October 1943)

29. Father of Our Nation (radio address to Mahatma Gandhi, 6 July 1944)

30. The Fundamental Problems of India (address to the faculty and students of
Tokyo University, November 1944)

31. The Road to Delhi are Many (special order of the day, 15 August 1945)

32. India Shall be Free (message to Indians, 15 August 1945)