Netaji’s submarine came to Madras

Posted By Author on June 15, 2010

26/6/2010: (continued..)
Then Niharendudada directly turned on the topic of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.  He questioned me as to what was my opinion.  I politely told him that I would not tell then and there.

He said, “ Baba himself told lot of stories of Netaji to Krishnakant and Radhakant and they are convinced that he is Netaji.  It was Baba who started the psychosis.”

I said that Baba knew lot about Subhash and often told his incidents.  I questioned Niharendudada, “Were you for ten years with Netaji working together?”

He said “not for ten years but for three years probably from 1934 or so.  There was a common friend of Netaji and me in England.  When I first met him in his room in Calcutta he embraced me.  Then we had a talk.  In 1938 I asked Gandhiji, “You are a General but you must satisfy us.  In the First World War you recruited men for the British Army and got nothing.  What will be your attitude in the Second World War?” Gandhiji told us ‘aap muzpe bharosa rakhe’, meaning ‘keep trust in me’. ”

“The answer was not satisfactory.  I decided to revolt. We made a group. Once when Subhash and I were traveling in first class by train, I requested him to contest again for the Presidentship of All India Congress.  He agreed.  In Tripuri we won.  Before that I gave my statement in Madras.  After winning Tripuri, Netaji and I discussed possibility of going out of India and raising Army.  Then when Netaji left Calcutta and India on 16th January he sent messages after messages at four, five and six o’clock in the evening.  He made frantic efforts to see me and then gave up.  I was out of station.  After his departure I sent two men out of border and with coded radio message and tried to contact him.  They made contact but by the time they came back I was in Jail.  When Netaji’s submarine came to Madras coast three people were to see him.  They were tried and secretly killed. My name was initially on the list to see Netaji on the Madras coast. Later an I.C.S. officer told my wife that her husband was lucky.  Had he not been in jail he would have been killed with others.. (Gandhiji interfered and saved life of Netaji’s brother in law Maitra)”
Then Niharendudada quoted examples from ‘Puran’ (scriptures) and Sanskrit verses.  He once asked Baba that just as Arjun in the Mahabharata changed his body and became Brihannada, a eunuch, so also in modern age was it possible for a person to change body form?  Baba replied to that categorical no.  Niharendudada thought Baba’s physique and form were different from Netaji’s.  Then he frankly told me that all people around Baba served him not assuming him to be a prophet or seer but Netaji.  He quoted a good story for simile. “Once two marriage processions were going by boat.  Both the boats capsized. One bridegroom from one boat and another bride from the other boat survived. The bride all the while thought that the survived bridegroom was her husband but the bridegroom knew she was not his wife.  Similarly Baba feels all come to him for spirituality and the rest think he is Netaji.  He gave a good example of Dharmaraj, the eldest brother amongst Pandavas.  “When he went to heaven with his pet dog and when the dog was not allowed he denied heaven.  It meant spirituality was of no use without mundane world.”

Then Niharendudada enquired about Dr. Shivajirao Patwardhan and told me that at his instance he had been to Amravati during Forward Block Movement. He asked about me and when I told that I was great grandson of G.B. Khaparde he was delighted to know.  He said he knew both the Khapardes (father and son).  Niharendudada invited me for dinner the next evening.  He proposed that we would talk in privacy in his chamber at the High Court.  He was eager to know my view on Baba’s identity.  We were talking from 8  to 11 A.M. I was restless thinking what Mrs. Mazumdar would say about time.

Kalibabu and I returned to his house. On way he told me that he was a personal bodyguard of Jawaharlal Nehru. I took meals at his home.  His wife was very cordial.

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