Seventy five years have been completed after the formation of ‘Azad Hind Sarkar in Exile’ by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on 21st October 1943. This was an important event in the attainment of freedom for Bharat.
After assuming the leadership of Azad Hind Sena by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, formal establishment of the government in Singapore before declaring war against the British was an important step in view of the international law. The significant rise in the strength of Azad Hind Sena in a short time and its successes in military campaigns against the British in the North Eastern part of Bharat were some important achievements in those circumstances. The Azad Hind Sarkar proclaimed authority over all the civil and military establishments of British colonies in South East Asia and prospective authority over all the territories won by Azad Hind Sena in future.
The Azad Hind Sarkar had instituted its own currency, courts and civil code. It also had established its own tax system. The Sarkar had all the requisites and constituents of a formal government like cabinet, constitution, military, currency, judiciary and international recognition by 9 countries including Japan and Germany. In December 1943, this government was handed over the islands of Andaman and Nicobar won by the Japanese Navy. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose named these islands as ‘Shaheed’ and ‘Swaraj’ and declared its independent jurisdiction by unfurling national flag on 30th December 1943. These actions gave definite credence to the freedom struggle in the form of a legitimate government. All these endeavours generated a patriotic fervour among the Bharatiya soldiers in British Military and common masses as well which proved to be a turning point in the Bharatiya freedom struggle.
During the 75th anniversary of this historical chain of events, we remember with gratitude the contribution of Azad Hind Sarkar, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and thousands of soldiers of Azad Hind Sena in the Bharatiya freedom struggle.
The recent steps taken by the Union Government to recognise the contribution of Azad Hind Sarkar are laudable. We appeal to all to organise events that will make the citizens of the country especially youth, aware of this inspiring and glorious history.