Gandhi and the Clash with Bose:A Fight of Ideologies

M G Singh By M G Singh, 9th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Gandhi and Bose had diverse views about how to fight the British. Bose left Gandhi and joined the Axis powers, while Gandhi continued in his path of non-violence

A Clash of Ideas

Gandhi for all his title of 'Mahatma' was in reality a hard boiled politician. He had nurtured a policy of Ahimsa or non violence and he was loathe to let anyone oppose it. This policy was not confined to his personal life, but he enforced it with an iron will on the Congress party.

Subhas Bose was a fiery politician from Bengal who had directly opposite views to Gandhi. Whereas Gandhi believed in non-violence and Satyagrah to throw out the British, Bose believed in more aggressive methods including going to war. He was of the view that shaking hands with the devil was not a bad thing if it ousted the British. That made him incline to Germany and Hitler. Gandhi opposed this tooth and nail and had already given his tacit assent for the Raj by condemning Hitler and Nazi rule.

In the famous Lahore session of 1939 the clash between the two came to the fore. Bose had a large backing in the Congress party itself and in the Presidential election of that year he defeated Gandhi's nominee and protege Sitaramiah by a wide margin. Gandhi was aghast at the defeat of his nominee and he saw in Bose a threat to his leadership and philosophy.

Gandhi above all was a politician and he at once along with Nehru decided that Bose must be removed as Congress president. All this makes pretty sad reading now and is brought out in Leonard Mosley's book'The last days of the British Raj'. Gandhi started a unique method to oppose Bose. He declared along with his confident Nehru that there will be co-operation with Bose. He started complete non-cooperation with Bose and this frustrated Bose no end as Gandhi and Nehru would not reply or answer anything Bose asked or proposed.

Bose saw the game of Gandhi and he resigned as Congress party President. The rest is history as Bose charted a dangerous course and sided with Hitler and Japan. But Gandhi remained steadfast in his opposition to Bose.

In hindsight Bose was perhaps correct as Hitler and Japan so weakened England that they they just could not hold India. For the English it was a Pyrrhic victory


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author avatar Ptrikha
9th Dec 2013 (#)

At times, facts are suppressed in political games, and one comes to know about many aspects much later.

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author avatar M G Singh
9th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you for sharing your posts about Indian culture Madu, Whta was Bose goals to ally with the Japan and Germany

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author avatar Legend
11th Dec 2013 (#)

fascinating. i love learning new things

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