“Subhas’ victory is my defeat”

“Subhas’ victory is my defeat”

The above statement, ascribed to M K Gandhi is increasingly being quoted by people, when and wherever there’s a mention of Subhas Chandra Bose. Increasing number of people in present India (especially the youth) have started believing that M K Gandhi had ill will against Subhas Chandra Bose.

As both these men have contributed in different ways to the India’s freedom struggle, this fact needs to be probed.

Below are some of the articles which I scanned and; in the process raised some questions and tried to answer some of them. Others are left for you to answer. Some questions can also be raised…

  • Read an article on Subhas Chandra Bose by Historian Sugata Bose.

The article covers the entire life of Subhas Chandra Bose, but avoids the events leading to his death. The article ends on Gandhi’s opinion on subhas and vice-versa. There’s no mention of any vitriolic comments by Gandhi on Subhas. What makes this observation important is that, of late, influenced by some movies on subhas, increasing number of people are pressed to believe that MK Gandhi hated subhas. To be frank, most of the writings on Subhas, point to the contrary. One more observation that needs to be underlined is—although there is a perception that Subhas was instrumental in bringing the light of freedom, Sugata Bose’s article again fails to answer one Question ‘How?’.

But the article digs some of the less known facts about S C Bose. One among these is how he actually helped the Congress understand the structure and working of British imperialism.

I’m not able to link to the article as the article is not online now. His books will prove to be of help, Sugata Bose’s Books .


  • A Problem with information and that also related to history is that it is often repetitive and often full of made up facts. But if we are not irritated with these shortcomings, a piece of writing sometimes, can surprise us with some unheard facts and analysis. This article is one such example. Although it tells the reader all the usual stuff about Subhas, it also brings to light some less known facts as well. Like, in childhood Subhas felt neglected among his eight siblings. Although the authenticity of this claim can be debated, but if he has seven other siblings, common logic says that he might had felt neglected sometimes. Another interesting fact is that he edited the paper ‘Forward’, founded by Chitaranjan Das for some time. There are some more surprises as well. Before concluding, the much debated topic of Subhas-Gandhi relations is not touched even by this author.


  • The article below is based on the extracts from Subhas Chandra Bose’s book The Indian Struggle. It tells the reader about the developments that led to S C Bose’s resignation from the President ship of INC. One thing which becomes very clear from the article was that he was facing serious opposition from within the Congress. It is entirely different that the article tries to put all the blame on the Gandhi lobby for this conflict of thoughts. I can say so with conviction as if Subhas C Bose had won the INC President ship with comfortable majority in January 1939, how can it be that he was unable to get his plans the Congress approval three months later. It means two things, one, although he had the mandate at the time of Presidential election, most of his followers lost faith in his ideas later; and second the personal appeal of Gandhi was far more than that of Subhas’.In addition, i couldn’t find any direct references to Gandhi Subhas enmity in this article as well.