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Three Boses
 

Team Bose Legacy is a nucleus of volunteers dedicated to the organisation, dissemination and propagation of a very wide range of materials on the lives and work of the Bose Brothers, Sarat Chandra Bose and Subhas Chandra Bose.

By its very nature, this website will continue to be a work in progress, not least because of the sheer volume of materials about or relating to the Brothers which the Team proposes to place on the site.

Much of this is already published but no longer easily available or accessible, notably the translations in Bengali of "The Indian Struggle" (Mukti Sangram, second part 1935-42) and "An Indian Pilgrim" (Bharat Pathik) by Subhas Chandra Bose. Other materials are as yet unpublished and have not been seen by other than a very few.

Of particular note is that the bulk of the materials in the form of booklets, letters, notes, diaries, speeches, and other similar documents in paper form, are many decades old and thus need to be handled with particular care, including in the scanning process. Understandably the Team wants to ensure that the preservation of these fragile documents is not compromised in any way.

Madhuri Bose
Coordinator
Team Bose Legacy

 


 

The original hand-written English manuscript of Subhas Chandra Bose's unfinished autobiography An Indian Pilgrim was left by him in the custody of his nephew Amiya Nath Bose in January 1938. Boarding the plane after a key visit to England, Subhas Bose handed over his unfinished biography, written by hand in two exercise books, to young Amiya with the words: 'Ami, complete this work in case I die in an aircrash'. Ten years later in June 1948 it was published in Bengali, under the authority of Sarat Chandra Bose and with copyright assigned to Amiya Nath Bose.

News: The launch of www.TheBoseLegacy.com

            We are closely collaborating with our             friends in Japan, who have started a             Japanese Website www.TeamNetaji.org
 
Letter from Subhas Bose to Sarat Bose at the age of 15
 

Letter written by fifteen-year old Subhas to his elder brother Sarat on the eve of the latter's departure for London to qualify as a Barrister-at-Law. The original is preserved in the Private Collection of Amiya Nath and Jyotsna Bose. Click the letter for more details. For the full letter please go to Menu -> Letters.

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On 20th November 2013 we launched a web-based initiative www.theboselegacy.com, a new and extensive on-line archive on the life and work of Sarat Chandra Bose and Subhas Chandra Bose, the famed Bose Brothers.

The materials, which include writings, speeches, prison notes and jottings, diary entries of the Bose Brothers, private correspondence, photographs, audio recordings and video films, are primarily drawn from the Private Collection of Amiya Nath and Jyotsna Bose. Prominent among the materials will be the writings and lectures of Amiya Nath Bose concerning the Bose Brothers and their vision of Free India.

Amiya Nath Bose, who became the principal custodian of the Bose Brothers' works after the passing of Sarat in 1950, researched and collected a substantial volume of official documentation from archives in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Japan and India during the period 1950 - 1990. He preserved most of the materials, together with existing family papers including private correspondence and original writings in his custody, in the Museum and Archives at Netaji Bhawan, which had been established by Sarat Chandra Bose in 1946. These materials are to date housed in Netaji Bhawan and it is hoped that this valuable documentation will be made more widely available to both researchers and the interested public by the current administration at Netaji Bhawan. In 1981, when the Netaji Institute for Asian Studies, an autonomous social science research institute, was founded at Sarat Bose's family house at 1, Woodburn Park under the auspices of the then Left Front Government of West Bengal, Amiya Nath assisted the development of the Institute in many ways including with the establishment of the 'Sarat Bose Room' - a pictorial exhibition of Sarat's life and his key speeches and writings. Amiya Nath also loaned original documents to the collection, including diaries of Sarat Chandra Bose and of his father Janakinath.

Access to, and authorisation to draw from the Private Collection of Amiya Nath and Jyotsna Bose has been kindly granted by Jyotsna Bose to the Team TheBoseLegacy.com, in the interests of research and scholarship about a critical phase of the Indian independence struggle in the 20th century. As an on-line resource it is also expected that the archive will facilitate and encourage global interest and understanding of the life and work of the Bose Brothers.

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A Letter of Subhas Chandra Bose to Amiyanath Bose


 

The Indian Struggle 1920-34 by Subhas Chandra Bose was first published in London in January 1935. The very first Bengali translation of The Indian Struggle 1920-34 and its sequel The Indian Struggle 1935-42 (written during 1942-43) were published under the auspices of Amiya Nath Bose in 1948 and in 1953 respectively. The preface for the latter was written by Bivabati, wife of Sarat Chandra Bose.

Netaji's Birthday Quiz

1. When and where was our National Anthem born ?
2. When and where was Subhas Chandra Bose hailed as     NETAJI ?
3. Who said - "Subhas I hope you will be the Garibaldi of     India" ?
4. What was the name of the Japanese Submarine that      brought Netaji to S-E. Asia ?
5. Who was the Leader of the Opposition in the Central      Legislative Assembly in 1946 ?

[Answers:  1. Hamburg on 11 September 1942
                    2. 1941 in Berlin
                    3. Subhas's father, Janakinath Bose
                    4. I-29
                    5. Sarat Chandra Bose ]

The winner is Sukumar Mitra. Congratulations!

 

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