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While exploring the title of my upcoming biography of Subhas Chandra Bose, the phrase that came instantly to my mind was ‘an inconvenient nationalist’.

Although three names – those of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhas Bose – were considered for the replacement statue, by 1969 it was decided by then government it that would be Gandhi’s.

Two of his letters to Thierfelder clearly demonstrate Bose’s attitude to Nazi Germany.

From the very conception of his plan to go out of India, Subhas had settled the question of his destination.

Bose’s reaching out to Nazi Germany was in continuation of existing contacts between Germany and Indian patriots in the national interest of their respective countries.

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