Gandhi & Bose

Subhas Chandra Bose addressed to Gandhi from Azad Hind Radio on July 6,1944

Mahatmaji, I should now like to say something about the Provisional Government that we have set up here. The provisional Government has, as its one objective, the liberation of India from British Yoke, through an armed Struggle. Once our enemies are expelled from India, and peace and order is established, the mission of the Provisional Government will be over. The only reward that we desire for our efforts, for our suffering and our sacrifice is the freedom of our motherland.There are many among us who would like to retire from the political field once India is free.


Gandhi’s last will and testament, written the night before his assassination, actually called for the dissolution of Congress as a political organization:

Though split into two, India, having attained political independence through means devised by the Indian National Congress, the Congress in its present shape and form, as a propaganda vehicle and a parliamentary machine, has outlived its use. India has still to attain social, moral and economic independence in terms of its seven hundred thousand villages as distinguished from its cities and towns. The struggle for the ascendency of civil over military power is bound to take place in India’s progress towards its democratic goal. It must be kept out of unhealthy competition with political parties and communal bodies. For these and other similar reasons, the A.I.C.C. resolves to disband the existing Congress organization and flower into a Lok Sevak Sangh under the  following rules with the power to alter them as occasion may demand


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