It’s about time that the leading political commentators be unambiguous in their criticism of Netaji. Just as much as I marvel at the thought of Netaji’s feet of establishing an army in exile, I can’t be ignorant of the fact that he allied himself with people who ended up as condemned criminals. The majority of Netaji’s supporters realize little, that he’s their sworn anti-thesis when it comes to religious freedom and socialism. But then given the fact that he made pact with people such as Hitler, it’s not surprising that his most ardent followers are from a section that draws inspiration from fascist ideology.
So at one stage we accuse Nehru of playing politics, one wonders what did Netaji do? The only Indian territory that INA acquired was some tip of A&N and the accounts of inhabitants of A&N cast a dishonorable shadow on that period. I for one haven’t come across any account of Netaji criticizing Japanese occupation of A&N. One may well argue that he had his eyes set on mainland India. But then come to think o it, what if Netaji died? Who was the second line of leadership? And even if the second line of leadership were there, was it anywhere near the Charisma that Netaji had? Unarguably, I should think the answer is no. So if Netaji couldn’t or didn’t protest such humiliating treatment of Indians in A&N at the hands of Japanese, who else would have stood upto to the Rising Sun in the event of Japanese occupation of India and untimely death of Netaji? None at all. So while we take immense intellectual joy at running down Nehru over his China policy and accuse him of being a romantic and not pragmatic, but when compared to Netaji, Nehru can’t be called a fool. For it was only foolish to align with an expansive power driven by imperialistic zeal and the alliance definitely ran the risk of India being ruled by more barbaric a regime than the British.
In real world, there are no absolute victors, we all lose some and gain some. Given Netaji’s (interestingly enough, RSS’ too) advocacy of dictatorship in India, one wonders what would have been the face of India’s democratic institutions.
Swamy’s comments on Nehru, betrays his biased thinking and not his brilliant academic achievement. Or perhaps it’s because of his credentials, achieved under regimented regulations of universities, he’s incapable of appreciating Nehru’s scholarly capabilities. It was Nehru’s profound intellect & wisdom (probably acquired in more than a decade of captivity in British jails in India, rather than away from India in American universities), he could see how the socialist movement at the behest of nationalism in Europe, might lead to some horrid regimes. Doings of Nazi and Fascists, bear testimony to his foreboding.
Swamy’s comments are driven more out of hatred for Nehru than any love for Netaji.
One does suspect how varied a figure BJP has come to admire. Gandhijji, Shastriji, Netaji, Sardar… now I’m fairly sure, given Netaji red hot ways, and Sardar’s cool chanakya like political manouvering, the two would have hardly seen eye to eye to each other.
Sardar writes to Nehru “What I hate most is the method adopted to achieve that end by those who claim to be Leftist and still  more  by  the  President (Bose)  who charged us with having entered into a conspiracy with the British Government and also having provisionally formed a federation Cabinet.  Our  enemies  have also given credit for our honesty, but not out President.”
So we have Sardar, who banned RSS and then we have Netaji, who was obsessed with leftist movement, the anti-thesis of RSS and it’s ilk. Netaji’s biggest regret was that Germany invaded soviet Russia.
In words of Netaji’s Nephew and current TMC MP, Bose did make a ‘faustian bargain’ first with Germany and then with Japan. For Nehru, if there was anything that reigned supreme than it was his principles and staunch dislike for dictators and bigots alike. One may say Tito and Nasser, Nehru’s best friends, were dictators too but both of them came on back of popular uprising and didn’t differentiate among people as a court-jester lookalike Mussolini did. So surely Netaji superior academic talents didn’t stand him in a good stead when it came to making tough real life decisions. Mr. Swamy would do well not to talk in demeaning terms such as ‘3rd class pass’ of Nehru, for most often than not he didn’t compromise with his principles, and certainly whenever he did, it was almost always after exhausting all available recourse (Such as the liberation of Goa, a significant achievement, given the times of Cold war, and an achievement unfailingly often overlooked when talking of Nehru’s foreign policy).
Mr. Swamy would do well to not be casual when commenting on the founding father of my nation, India

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