Destruction of Britain Is Key To Asia’s Freedom – Rash Behari Bose

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BANGKOK, June 13 (Domei). In his first press conference since his arrival here by plane on May 29 from Japan, Rash Behari Bose, representative of the Indians in East Asia, declared, ”In the short and complete destruction of British power and influence in India is the main key to the emancipation of Asia and to the achievement of the great objective for which this great war is being fought in Asia as well as in Europe.”

Expressing extreme pleasure to be among friends in Thailand, Mr. Bose continued, “India and Thailand have remained on the best terms of friendship and brotherhood for more than a thousand years and during all these years we have continuously exchanged all the best that we possessed in our mutual interest and for our mutual good. Although not unexpectedly, it therefore offers us not little encouragement to find that today Thailand ha sustained her sympathy for the cause of India’s freedom.”

Tribune (Philippines : 1932 - 1945), Monday 15 June 1942, page 1
Tribune (Philippines : 1932 – 1945), Monday 15 June 1942, page 1

From New Delhi where an Indian correspondent Boss Hardt wrote articles which were published last Friday and Saturday in the “Zuertfher Zeitung.”

When the government urged increased agricultural production, Boss Hardt declared, the land owners ignored the appeal dismissing it as a “farmer’s affair,” Boss Hardt stated.

Tribune (Philippines : 1932 - 1945), Wednesday 1 July 1942, page 4
Tribune (Philippines : 1932 – 1945), Wednesday 1 July 1942, page 4

Signs of war in India are difficult to find, he said, as war taxation is still small and personal sacrifices are not being made. He stated that British Sahibs consider riding in buses and horse-drawn carriages instead of motorcars, and drinking Australian instead of Scotch Whiskey,, or South African instead of French wines as sufficient contribution to the war effort.

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Md Umar Ashraf

Md. Umar Ashraf is a Delhi based Researcher, who after pursuing a B.Tech (Civil Engineering) started to explore, and bring to the world, the less known historical accounts. Mr. Ashraf has been associated with the museums at Red Fort & National Library as a researcher. With a keen interest in Bihar and Muslim politics, Mr. Ashraf has brought out legacies of people like Hakim Kabeeruddin (in whose honour the government recently issued a stamp). Presently, he is pursuing a Masters from AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, JMI & manages