Who was the First Prime Minister of Free India ? Correct the History !


By: Shreepal Singh

Who was the first Prime Minister of India – India that was made free from the yoke of British Imperialism, whatever size of the piece of land of that free India might have been?

Certainly, it was not Jawahar Lal Nehru. Let us correct the history for the posterity.

The first Prime Minister of India was Subhash Chandra Bose, fondly called by Indian people Netaji – that is, the Leader. Bose had announced the formation of Provisional Government of India on 21 October 1943.

Proclamation of Provisional Government of India 

A cabinet of Ministers was duly formed, which was headed by Subhash Chandra Bose himself.

Cabinet Ministers of Provisional Government of India headed by Bose

This free Indian Government was recognized by 11 countries as the legal and legitimate Government of India, which countries included Japan and Germany. This provisional government of India in exile had its operating headquarters in Singapore.

What are the normal tell-tale signs of a real government? The government must have a “Head” who may have his team to assist him in governance; the government must be “Sovereign”, that is, it must not be subject to any other state; the government must enjoy an international recognition, may be even by only one foreign nation; it must have a seat – a place – to operate from. In fact, these are the only requirements for a legal and legitimate government in the view of international law. However, the government of free India headed by Subhash Chandra Bose had more than these minimum requirements.

This first government of free India led by Subhash Chandra Bose at its head  had its own army with the combined strength of rank and file of about 60, 000.

Bose inspecting Indian National Army 

It had several regiments nicknamed “Rani Jhansi” and some other patriotic names.  It was called Azad Hind Fauz – that is, Indian National Army. This government had also got printed “Indian Passports”, which fact was testified by the deputy of Bose in his statement to the British (after he was captured by the British on the fall of Berlin in WW2).

Bose inspecting “Rani Jhansi” Regiment of Indian National Army

But it had the most important element of a government – a piece of land, under its control. The army of this government had launched an offensive against the British forces at Andaman and Nicobar island, defeated the enemy there, hoisted the Indian flag – Tiranga – at the main seat of power in that piece of Indian land and had flung open the gates of Cellular Jail, where mostly political prisoners – REAL freedom fighters, and not make make-believe freedom fighters – were incarcerated by the British. All these prisoners were liberated by the Indian National Army.

Bose inspecting Cellular Jail after liberating Indian territory of Andaman and Nicobar

Not only this Indian land – Andaman Nicobar – was liberated by the Indian National Army, this army entered the mainland India through Moreh point ( at Indo-Myanmar boarder) and fought the enemy at Kohima – where now a cemetray  of the killed British military officers lie. This battle was fought from 4 April to 22 June, 1944.

This battle at the hands of Indian National Army was judged the MOST FIERCE battle that the British forces had to face during the entire WW 2. It was so judged – voted – in a survey conducted by the British military authorities among those of their soldiers who had participated on different fronts in WW 2. This battle was dubbed by them as “Stalingrad of the East.” There are many individuals still alive – aged more than 100 years – who had participated in this battle and are able to tell what had happened in that battle. Out of the total strength of about 60,000 rank and file of the Indian National Army, about 26,000 had died fighting the enemy – the British forces! This is the price India had to pay – the price that forced the British to decide to leave India and go back to their home, England.

It is a common knowledge of WW 2tt history that the most ferocious battle was fought at Stalingrad in the terstwhile USSR between the forces of Hitler and Joseph Stalin and the battle at Stalingrad was the turning point in the World War 2. Here for the first time the forces of Hitler were defeated and victorious Red Army of USSR started its march towards Berlin. Berlin – and with it Hitler – fell with the reach of Red Army there. One can very well imagine the significance of dubbing by the enemy its war with Indian National Army as the “Stalingrad of the East” !

On the crucial date commemorating their battle with Indian National Army, the British bigwig military officers even today come here to pay their homage to the fallen British soldiers. This cemetery displays an engraved stone that reads: “When you go home, remember that we died today for your tomorrow”.

No Indian having a common sense would doubt that Subhash Chandra Bose had fought for the freedom of India from slavery; that it was the only real way to fight with an enemy – the enemy who had enslaved a people not by openly fighting with them but by the deceitful tactics of “divide and rule”, plundred the wealth of this country by destroying its industries and artisons and emasculated its people by destroying their culture and education; and, that the enemy knew very well that it was a real fight, unlike those who mocked a fight in the name of non-cooperation, civil disobedience and satyagrah.

It was for this very reason – because he gave them a real and tough fight – that the enemy declared Subhash Chandra Bose a “War Criminal”, who – if found – was to be tried by them at the Nurenberg international tribunal set up for war criminals of WW 2.

See the hypocricy of the British imperialists in declaring Subhash Chandra Bose a war criminal ! It was their dibolical intention ! Hitler invaded Poland, England, Russia and a host of other foreign lands; Japan invaded Thailand, Manchuria, China, Singapore and several other countries of the Far East; and, Mussolini too attacked a number of foreign lands. But Bose invaded no foreign land whatsoever – he came with his force called Azad Hind Fauz to his own country. It was no invasion; it was no crime. Fighting for the freedom or independence of one’s own people is not a crime. There are many examples of such glorious act, for example, the US people had fought the British with arms under the leadership of George Washington; and, it was no crime.

The reason lies somewhere else. In fact, the enemy was dreadful that if Bose entered the mainland India with his force and gave a call to Indians to rise against the British, millions of Indians would join his Azad Hind Fauz. In that event, it was almost impossible for them to safely escape from India to England.

It was this dread of Bose and his popularity among millions of Indians that the British (being a part of Allied Forces) declared Bose a “wanted war criminal”. It was a shame for the then political leadership of India – Congress under the leadership of Nrehru – that they did not lodge a protest to the British against such immoral act of labelling Bose a war criminal. Nehru was very active on many international burning issues. For exaple, on an appeal by Mao Tse Tung of China he had arranged to send in 1930’s a medical team of doctors under the leadership of Dr. Kotnees to nurse the wounded communist guerrilla fighters of Mao in Chinese civil war – his fight against Chang Kai Shek’s nationalist forces. Nehru could have – and should have – raised an international cry against the labelling of Bose by Britain (and its associate members of Allied Forces) as a war criminal. But he did not raise even an eye brow against such immoral branding of Bose.

It was a mistake committed in the past. Now, in our own time, it is a shame for India and Indian government that here there is no place  in free India for the fallen soldiers of Indian National Army “Who died, so that India is delivered from slavery”.

Provisional Government of India image gallery:

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videos about INA and Subhash Chandra Bose:

(1) Addressing Indians:

(2) Video giving objective analysis of how Bose created circumstances – internal and external – that forced the British to decide to leave India:

(3) Saga of INA and Bose: Part One

Saga of INA: Part Two

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Santanu Dey
    Oct 19, 2018 @ 00:35:16

    Post-15/08/1947 Indian History is the story of most selfish, self-serving, and immersed in blatant lies, episode in the history of the world; and the planner of this drama was none other than the sliest of all nations that has existed in this world – none other than the British. It is they who planted the first physical Prime Minister of post-British India to make sure that their agent would take care of their interests in front of the world community; and they were quite successful in their plan in this regard. British knew very well that if Subhash Chandra Bose were alive – after they left – their picked man would stand not even an iota of a chance to ascend the chair of PM of India; and that’s why they in cooperation with the dummy PM of their vassal country made sure that such a possibility was completely nipped in the bud. Time has come now to bring this dark / sordid chapter of Indian History to light.

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