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mahatma gandhi controversy with subhash chandra bose

mahatma gandhi controversy with subhash chandra bose

Mahatma Gandhi used say that he considers Subhash Chandra Bose as his own son, but later controversies shows exactly ssaopposite to what he said . In the struggle of freedom, congress was the biggest party. And Subhash Chandra Bose was a strong leader in the party but he was not satisfied with the lenient and non-violence behavior of congress. So Subhash Chandra Bose opposed this, or we can say that he opposed Gandhi’s non-violence idea.


According to Subhash Chandra Bose, Gandhi’s philosophy was not going to bring the independence to India and his opposing brought Gandhi and other leaders against him. In 1939, Subhash Chandra Bose was elected as President of the Indian National Congress for a second term defeating Gandhi and not forgetting that it was Gandhi who usually used to get elected. But Subhash Chandra Bose resigned the post because he was unable to do his tasks properly due to his conflicts with Gandhi.Gandhi went on Hunger strike until Subhash Chandra Bose resigns his post.
  • Gandhi's idea of post independence India was one which was based on agrarian economy. Bose was a proponent of industrialisation (which was anathema to Gandhi).
  • Bose was not adverse to picking up arms. Gandhi was famous for "there is no cause for which I am willing to kill" school of thought.
  • Bose was not averse to getting external help (enemy's enemy is my friend) if it meant getting freedom faster. subhashRemember his efforts to reach Hitler? The the alignment with the Japanese? Gandhi wanted freedom to come from within the country.


It was Subhash Chandra Bose who attacked openly on the foreign and internal policies of congress. He also started the mass civil disobedience protest against the decision of Viceroy Lord Linlithgow and declared the war on the behalf of India. This result that Subhash Chandra Bose was arrested by the British and there his seven-day hunger-strike made a way for him to out of the jail, but still he was kept under CID’s surveillance (House Arrest). Then in 21st October 1943, he developed the Indian ssaNational Army and declared a government named Azad Hind Fauj.

This Indian National Army brought the freedom to Andaman and Nicobar Islands from the hands of British and then these islands were renamed as Swaraj and Sheheed Islands. After so much damage to the British by Subhash Chandra Bose, Mahatma Gandhi, with Maulana Azad and Nehru, signed in an agreement with a British judge that if Subhash Chandra Bose enters India, he would be handed over to the British government.

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