You probably might be wondering why I am celebrating our independence day today? A chapter in history was sadly removed by the biased historians and neglected due to Gandhi’s ego.
The Indian National Army was an armed force formed by Indian nationalist and freedom fighter Rash Behari Bose in 1942 in Southeast Asia during World War II. Its aim was to secure Indian independence from British rule. It formed an alliance with the Empire of Japan in the latter’s campaign in the Southeast Asian theatre of WWII.
The army was first formed in 1942 under Rash Behari Bose, Mohan Singh, by Indian PoWs of the British-Indian Army captured by Japan in the Malayan campaign and at Singapore. This first INA collapsed and was disbanded in December that year after differences between the INA leadership and the Japanese military over its role in Japan’s war in Asia. Rash Behari Bose handed over INA to Subhas Chandra Bose. It was revived under the leadership of Subhash Chandra Bose after he arrived in Southeast Asia in 1943.
When the British Empire, with their tail between the leg, had their arse handed over to them during world war II, Subhash Chandra Bose announced the freedom of India on today’s date in 1943.
On 21 October 1943, Bose announced the formation of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind (Free India), with himself as the Head of State, Prime Minister, and Minister of War. Azad Hind stretched from Kabul in the North to the extreme South, from Gujarat to Modern Day Bangladesh and beyond. Port Blair was announced the provisional capital, with New Delhi as de jure. India even had Rangoon, Singapore, and Tokyo as capitals in exile.
The Provisional Government enabled Bose to negotiate with the Japanese on an equal footing and facilitated the mobilization of Indians in East Asia to join and support the INA. Soon after the announcement, the Provisional Government received recognition from various countries, including Germany, Japan, Italy, Croatia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Ireland (Yes, Ireland).
Under the leadership of Subhas Chandra Bose, the provisional government of free India declared war against the British and the United States. Bose also convinced the Japanese to allow the INA to be an integral part of Japan’s offensive against the British Empire in Manipur. In the ‘U-Go Offensive,’ which was a military operation aimed at capturing Manipur and the Naga Hills from the British, the INA played a major role.
So, Indians and people from other parts of India that we all lost due to two lawyers of freedom, today is our actual independence day. Today undivided India had its first provisional government. It was today (21 October in the year 1943) that a free (Azad) Hind Government was formed with Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose as the Prime Minister.
Happy Independence Day, Akhand Bharat. Jai Hind!