National Security Advisor Ajit Doval recently gave a lecture honoring Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, where he expressed his belief that India would not have been partitioned if Bose had been present at that time. Doval praised Bose for his audacity and described him as a unique and influential leader in Indian and global history.
Doval mentioned that Pakistan’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, had stated that he could only accept one leader, and that leader was Subhas Chandra Bose. He emphasized Bose’s commitment to achieving full independence and freedom for India, not settling for anything less. Bose believed in transforming the political, social, and cultural mindset of the people, ensuring they felt free in all aspects.
Doval acknowledged that Bose’s legacy had not received the recognition it deserved in history, but he expressed his satisfaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to resurrect it. He highlighted Bose’s audacity and tenacity, emphasizing that he challenged even Mahatma Gandhi and refused to beg for freedom from the British.
Doval recounted Bose’s journey from India to various countries, including Afghanistan, Russia, Germany (where he met Hitler), Japan, and Singapore, ultimately forming the Indian National Army. He admired Bose’s courage and conviction, which propelled him into positions that seemed unimaginable.
Doval mentioned that Bose was mostly alone in his struggle, with Japan being the only country that supported him. He shared an anecdote about former British Prime Minister Clement Atlee, who acknowledged that even after Bose’s presumed death, the fear of his nationalist ideas influenced the decision to grant independence to India.
In addition to discussing Bose, Doval addressed the Indian business community, urging them to focus on developing a skilled workforce and adopting technological innovations to compete globally. He emphasized that highly motivated and committed human resources are India’s greatest strength and encouraged Indian businesses to embrace critical and emerging technologies for a prominent position in the global market.
The lecture was organized by the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) in India.