Millions of Indians, while agreeing that Mahatma Gandhi represented all that is noble in the country's spirit and soul, would insist that it is Subhas Chandra Bose who was India's man of the 20th century. Millions, irrespective of their religion, caste, language and regional affiliations, were captivated, entranced and fascinated by Bose. He received from his followers an unabashed hero-worship as a kind of unifying national symbol; an embodiment of the secular modern aspirations of the nation. The author has studied and researched over fifty books, documents and the social events occurring in India and during the course of World War ll which left their impact on Bose's character and activities.
About the author
Lieutenant General Eric A Vas PVSM, has held a wide variety of command, staff and training appointments during his long career of 39years. He was founder of the Army's prestigious College of Combat. He retired as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Army in 1981.After his retirement, he authored several books on Security, Insurgency, Terrorism, Military History and Travel. Some of these publications have become standard reading in professional circles.The General has been a frequent guest speaker at the National Defence College and the Naval War College. In September 1998, he delivered the second Pyara Lal Memorial Lecture at New Delhi. The talk was entitled, The Role of the Armed Forces in a Democracy-A review of five decades' of politico-military decision making. In October 1999, he delivered the fifth Field Marshal Cariappa Memorial Lecture at New Delhi entitled, The Role and Function of the National Security Council.The General is a founder member of the Pune-based Indian Initiative for Peace, Arms control and Disarmament (INPAD); a non-governmental organisation which, after a quiet and unobtrusive beginning, is today attracting attention in Delhi and think tanks abroad because of its refreshing and rational approach to nuclear strategy and global disarmament.
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