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Being a part of the school project, I think, Ill never get any superior golden opportunity to
interview with a great personality like Netaji, which I have always wanted to since I came
across his endeavours in our history book. No other options seemed to be more enthralling
than getting to converse with the hero. It was the most joyous moment of my life when I
received a positive reply from him to my request of interviewing him face to face.

1. Good Evening Sir, I am Ishita, a girl of Class XII from Howrah.
2. Good Evening comrade.
3. Firstly, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to interact with you
face to face.
4. Yes I have been informed about your visit and I particularly wanted this meet to
happen because I personally think that only one man out of the blue cannot change the
whole of India. Every house needs to be implanted with the thoughts of Netaji and
that can only be possible through the motivation of the youth.
5. That sounds great Sir. You are a great leader and an Indian nationalist whose defiant
patriotism made you a hero in India. What made you to choose such a fiercely way of
struggle to rejuvenate Indias vision for Independence?
6. I believed that the Bhagavad Gita was a great source of inspiration for the struggle
against the British. I was strongly influenced by Swami Vivekananda's teachings and
undergrown patriotic zeal as a student. I also adored Vivekananda as my spiritual
Guru. After reading so many incidents about the exploitation of the fellow Indians by
the British, I decided to take revenge. While Chittaranjan Das was busy in developing
the national strategy, I played the role of enlightening the students, youths and labors
of Calcutta. I was eagerly waiting to see India, as an independent, federal and republic
7. How did you take revenge?
8. In 1916, I beat and thrashed one of my British teachers E F Otten. The professor made
a racist remark against the Indian students. As a result, I was expelled from the
Presidency College and banished from Calcutta University. The incident brought me
in the list of rebel-Indians. In December 1921, I was arrested and imprisoned for
organizing a boycott of the celebrations to mark the Prince of Wales's visit to India.
9. You completed your matriculation from Presidency College, Kolkata and graduation
in Philosophy from Scottish Church College, University of Calcutta. Later you went
to England and passed the Indian Civil Service Examination with 4th position. Even
though being quite considerable in academics, why did u choose to become a freedom
10. I was very disappointed with the miserable conditions of the other countrymen
because of the bad and cruel behaviour by the Britishers. I decided to join the
nationalist movement instead civil service to help people of India through freedom of
India. I was influenced a lot with patriot Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das and later
elected as Mayor of Kolkata and then President of Indian National Congress.
11. Sir, you formed the great Indian National Army. Can you please give us a brief
highlight on your strategy?
12. During the Second World War in September, 1939, I decided to initiate a mass
movement. I started uniting people from all over the country. There was a tremendous
response to my call and the British promptly imprisoned me. In jail, I refused to
accept food for around two weeks. When my health condition deteriorated, fearing
violent reactions across the country, the authority put me under house-arrest.
13. What happened after that?
14. During my house-arrest, in January, 1941, I made a planned escape. I first went to
Gomoh in Bihar and from there I went on to Peshawar (now, Pakistan). I finally
reached Germany and met Hitler. I had been living together with his wife Emilie
Schenkl in Berlin. In 1943, I left for south-east Asia and raised the army. The group
was later named by me, as the Indian National Army (INA).
15. What made you to choose the path of non-violence unlike Mahatma Gandhi?
16. I left the Indian National Congress because of the opinion difference with Mahatma
Gandhi in 1939. After leaving the congress party, I found my own Forward Bloc
party. I believed that non-violence movement is not enough to get freedom from the
British rule so I chose violence movement to bring freedom in the country.
17. How did you kindle the fire of inspiration inside them?
18. I went away from India to Germany and then Japan where I made my own Indian
National Army, also known as Azad Hind Fauj. I had included Indian prisoners of war
and Indian residents of those countries in my Azad hind Fauj to fight bravely against
the British rule. I gave slogan to my army named Delhi Chalo and Jai Hind. I had
inspired my army men through the great words of Give me blood and I will give you
freedom to make my motherland free from the rule of Britishers.
19. What was your motive behind your visit to England?
20. During my sojourn to England, I met with the leaders of British Labor Party and
political thinkers including Clement Attlee, Arthur Greenwood, Harold Laski, G.D.H.
Cole, and Sir Stafford Cripps. I also discussed with them about the future of India.
21. Amidst all insurgency you were also a loving husband and a caring father. Can you
please reflect us a little on your personal background?
22. I was born to Prabhavati Devi and Janakinath Bose, an advocate, on January 23, 1897,
in the Bengal Province of Orissa's Cuttack. As the ninth child among 14 siblings, I
was fondly called Ranga in my family.
23. And what about your married life?
24. I married an Austrian veterinarian, Emilie Schenkl in the year 1937 and was blessed
with a daughter named Anita Bose Pfaff in the year 1942. Our daughter's name is
ANITA-BRIGITTE. She should actually bear the name of AMITA, but the German
authorities would have certainly objected to such an unusual name so we chose the
name Anita which is almost sounding like Amita. Brigitte was chosen by me because
its short form in German is Gita. My family had no idea that I had married and had a
child till my brother Sarat Chandra Bose received a letter from my beloved, Emilie
25. Dont you miss your family?
26. I too have a romantic, deeply emotional side to me. Unfortunately one cannot at
present send any photos or documents to foreign countries, so the only thing I could
do, was to write to her personally about my whereabouts. During my stay in India, we
used to exchange telegrams.
27. It was a pleasure to meet you Sir. My batch mates were highly enthused about my
conversation with you. Thank you very much for enlightening me with your life
experiences. It was very heart-warming.
28. Your welcome dear. All the best for your future. Be a noble and responsible citizen.
Jai Hind.

My interview with Netaji will always be an overwhelming lifetime experience for me that can
never be forgotten. His enthused spirit, vigorous zeal and unfaltering proclamation is what he
wants to be impinged in the young Indian minds. Never give up or lose hope in any instances
of life. Dont be the leader of your own life and world; be the leader that people wont
hesitate to follow, leaving a trail for the future generation to prosper. Even though the
interview went for 45 minutes, but, it taught me a lesson about the struggles of life to sustain
for 45 years.


I have taken efforts in this project. However, it would not have been possible without the kind
support and help of many individuals and organizations. I would like to extend my sincere
thanks to all of them.
I am highly indebted to my English Teachers, Maam Shampa Adhikari and Maam Shampa
Bhattacharya for their guidance and constant supervision as well as for providing necessary
support and information regarding the project.
I would like to express my gratitude towards my parents and other family members for their
kind co-operation and encouragement which helped me in completion of this project.
I would like to express my special gratitude and thanks to our school Headmistress, Chaitali
Bagchi for giving us an opportunity to work on this project.
My thanks and appreciations also go to my friends in developing the project and people who
have willingly helped me out with their abilities.