We are talking about a politician who described himself as a Leftist Anarchist and praised USSR a lot.
To understand the dynamics of British India during World War 2, we need to go back to 1932.
Long #Thread Alert.
This was Winston Churchill's remarks after his learning of Hitler's rise to power in 1933.
The French Army was the best in the world and its Navy was the 2nd best in the world after the British Royal Navy.
In Sep 1935, Bose and Nehru met in Badenweiler (Germany), where Nehru's wife was undergoing medical treatment.
The West at this point had a soft spot for the Nazis. Even during the Spanish Civil War (1936 - 1939), the Western powers observed neutrality as the Fascists rose in Spain.
1938 & 1939 were two huge years for the Indian National Congress.
As i always say, the 10 year phase from 1938 - 1948 shaped modern India and it began in 1938 Haripura session
After becoming President, Netaji's major step was to form Planning Committee for the first time in the history of India in Dec 1938. The swords were slowly rising against him within INC
The result shocked the Gandhians & in protest, Gandhians in the Congress Working Committee collectively resigned.
Bose was reluctant, for fear of splitting Congress between left wing which supported him & Nehru, and conservative right which backed Gandhi.
As all this happened, the clouds of war were looming over Europe.
In March 1940, Bose approached PC Joshi of Indian Communist Party and Ram Singh Dutt of Kirti Kisan Party.
The aim of Bose was simple : To meet Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin.
Source : Subhas Bose and India Today (page 225)
Most important point is that the Axis trio of 'Nazi Germany, Italy and Soviet Union' were still allies in World War 2 (WW2) against Britain & France at this point. 🔫
Many don't know but 16th January 1941 is one of the most important dates to remember in India's history.
Bose's guide Bhagat Ram Talwar, was a Soviet agent.
From Afganisthan, Bose changed his disguise and traveled to Moscow on the Italian passport of an Italian nobleman "Count Orlando Mazzotta".
Operation Barbarossa : The German invasion of the Soviet Union. The war of annihilation between Nazis & Soviets had begun.
Netaji said it was a huge mistake
USSR was a regime that Netaji had great admiration and sympathy for.
This was the policy which Netaji used, and the it failed during World War 2.
But if he was a Nazi fan, then so are the British and American Corporations.
When your own Native Armed Forces turns against you, then it's time to leave. The British Knew it and were afraid of it since 1857 revolt.
World war 2 in reality was a battle for Oil and Lebensraum ('living space'). The German Expansion policy
The battle for resources is perfectly explained in this superb documentary.