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Gandhi, my father had difficult relationship: SC Bose’s ‘daughter’

Netaji and Gandhiji were great heroes who fought for India’s Independence; one could not have done without the other, she noted, though


Subhash Chandra Bose’s ‘daughter’ — not all followers of Netaji agree he married and had a daughter — Anita Bose Pfaff has said that her father and Mahatma Gandhi had a difficult relationship as Gandhi felt that he could not control Netaji. “On the other hand, my father was a great admirer of Gandhi,” Anita Bose Pfaff said.

Anita’s comment was her reaction to a question from some reporters on actor Kangana Ranaut’s comment that Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were ready to hand Netaji over to the British.

Anita said,

Both of them [Netaji and Gandhi] were great heroes who fought for India’s Independence. One could not have done without the other. It was a combination. It’s not like what some Congress members tried to claim for a long time — that only a non-violent policy was responsible for India’s Independence. We all know that Netaji and INA’s [Indian National Army] actions, too, contributed to India’s freedom.

“On the other hand, it would be nonsensical to claim that only Netaji and the INA, brought about India’s Independence. Gandhi inspired many, including Netaji,” she said.

Anita said further, “Millions of people contributed to India’s independence.”

Kangana Ranaut had claimed yesterday in a series of Instagram stories that Subhas Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh got no support from Mahatma Gandhi and went on to mock his mantra of ahimsa or non-violence by saying that offering another cheek gets you “bheekh” not freedom.

In making the “bheekh” comment, Ranaut wound the clock back to last week when she had described India’s Independence as “bheekh“, or alms, and declared that freedom came in 2014 when the Narendra Modi-led government came to power.

In her Instagram stories, actor Kangana Ranaut targeted Mahatma Gandhi and said “choose your heroes wisely”.

Anita said it was naïve to take a one-sided view of Independence when asked about Kangana’s statement that Independence was secured only in 2014 and not in 1947.

Interestingly, much before celebrity Kangana Ranaut, whose take can be dismissed because she is not a scholar, made the statement, a venerated by the lib-left, The Guardian, had said something similar. “Today, 18 May 2014, may well go down in as the day when Britain finally left India” was the first sentence of its editorial when Narendra Modi became the prime minister of India seven years ago.

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