Subhash Chandra Bose

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Subhas Chandra Bose (About this sound listen (help·info); 23 January 1897 – unknown[2]) also known as Netaji (Hindi/Bengali: “Respected Leader”), was one of the most prominent Indian nationalist leaders who attempted to liberate India from British rule during the waning years of World War II.

Bose, who had been ousted from the Indian National Congress in 1939 following differences with the more conservative high command,[3] and subsequently placed under house arrest by the British, escaped from India in early 1941.[4] He turned to the Axis powers for help in gaining India's independence by force.[5] With Japanese support, he organised the Indian National Army, composed largely of Indian soldiers of the British Indian army who had been captured in the Battle of Singapore by the Japanese. As the war turned against them the Japanese came to support a number of countries to form provisional governments in the captured regions, including those in Burma, the Philippines and Vietnam, and in addition, the Provisional Government of Azad Hind, presided by Bose.[5] Bose's effort, however, was short lived; in 1945 the British army first halted and then reversed the Japanese U Go offensive, beginning the successful part of the Burma Campaign. Bose's Indian National Army was driven down the Malay Peninsula, and surrendered with the recapture of Singapore. It was reported that Bose died soon thereafter from third degree burns received after attempting to escape in an overloaded Japanese plane which crashed in Taiwan,[6] which is disputed as there are no evidences.[7] The trials of the INA soldiers at Red Fort, Delhi, in late 1945 caused huge public response in India.[8][9]
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