A Comparison of Bose and Gandhi. Who was the Greater Man ?

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Bose and Gandhi are both lions of the Indian freedom struggle. Bose opposed Gandhi's peaceful methods, but his success was limited.

Bose and Gandhi Differed


Subhas Chandra Bose was a leader with a firebrand image. He had a one point agenda to overthrow the British Raj. He thus parted ways with Gandhi and charted his own course. Gandhi was the Hindu leader who galvanized the masses for a non violent struggle to overthrow the British.

Bose also had the same vision but the path he chose was exactly the opposite of Gandhi. His philosophy centered on just throwing off the Britsh rule by any means even if it meant shaking hands with the devil. Thus he was not averse in shaking hands with Hitler and General Tojo.

Bose and the Axis Powers



In pursuant of this aim, Bose traveled to Moscow and then on to Berlin where he had a meeting with Hitler. Whatever records are available of that meeting suggest that he probably exhorted the German dictator to help throw the British out of India. This led to the formation of the Indian legion that fought alongside the German army. But ultimately realizing that Hitler could not come to India ,he was transported by the Germans by a submarine to Tokyo and joined the Japanese in their conquest of SE Asia. It mattered little to Bose that both the Germans and the Japanese were imperialist powers rooted in race superiority and as such to expect them to grant independence to India was a pipe dream. But despite this he formed the Indian National Army which in any case did precious little on the battlefield.

Bose made a grave error of judgment. In any case both the axis powers lost and so did the dream of Bose.

Gandhi and the Hindu Psyche


Gandhi on the other hand faced stark reality and realized that the British rule could not be overthrown by any military action or a revolution. He judged the psyche of the Hindu mind correctly and launched non violent struggles like civil disobedience and agitations. A revolution like the one led by Mao in china was not a possibility in India.
Now at the end of almost 60 years of British rule we can evaluate these two leaders. Gandhi had a philosophy. He preached non violence. In contrast Bose had no philosophy and to say that he could have been an alternative to Gandhi does not hold water.

Last Word


In hindsight it was neither Bose nor Gandhi who won independence for India but the shattering of economy of the British at the end of the war. Credit for this must go to Hitler, who in a vicarious way helped throw the British out of India.

At that stage they realized that holding India was a costly proposition and thus exit the scene gracefully. However comparing Bose and Gandhi does bring out the fact that Gandhi was a mass leader and Bose a man who had a Utopian dream divorced from reality. In any case History will place Bose at least some notches behind Gandhi. That is the sad truth

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
1st Nov 2013 (#)

Good afternoon, Madan
Thank you for a history lesson I did not get in school. Nicely done and well contrasted. ~Marilyn

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Marilyn for nice words

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Nov 2013 (#)

Great comment Steve.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Nov 2013 (#)

I only know that I enjoy your writs so very much Madan...

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author avatar M G Singh
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Carolina

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Carolina. Sweet of you to say that

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks Madan for a balanced post and I agree with your conclusion. I have met few who were aligned with Bose closely. It is painful for them to talk about Bose now as he was their firebrand leader able to move the masses - streaks of Hitler, maybe! Gandhi and Bose were like chalk and cheese - one leading calmly mostly by consensus and the other commanding their followers.

I personally feel Bose could have turned out India's Mao and we would been left to pick up the pieces but the lessons would have been worth learning as we do not seem to cherish the hard fought freedom and democracy. Chinese are back from hellish days of Mao and anything else is heaven for them. They have already reclaimed the lost time. We can have different views about how we got the freedom but many ordinary souls paid a heavy price and even sacrificed their lives - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Siva, wonderful comment as usual

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author avatar MMD
2nd Nov 2013 (#)

A lot of knowledge. Keep it up Madan.

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author avatar M G Singh
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks MMD

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
5th Nov 2013 (#)

Nice post adn inforamtive as well, nobody like Bapu Gandhiyi thanks for the lesson on history

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author avatar M G Singh
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks Fern

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