Famous Personalities of India : Rashbehari Bose
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BOSE, RASHBEHARI (1880-1945). Rashbehari was frustrated as a young man in his desire to join the army in British India and became an anti-British conspirator and would-be revolutionary instead. While working with his father at the Government Press, Shimla, he and his friends were suspected of attempting to assassinate the Viceroy. Rashbehari fled and traveled around India before departing to Japan in 1915. There he met other Indians opposed to British rule and founded the Indian Independence League in 1924. He married a Japanese woman and took Japanese citizenship without losing his commitment to India's freedom.

Rashbehari Bose was a strong influence on Indian students and visitors in Japan, impressing them with his calm, austere, and cosmopolitan personality. After the outbreak of World War II he joined with Captain Mohan Singh and Sardar Pritam Singh to mobilize an Indian National Army (INA), moving to Singapore when that British colony - and many Indian prisoners of war - fell under Japanese control. There, Rashbehari Bose handed over the command of the INA to the famous leader Subhash Chandra Bose in 1943. Although they were not related by blood.

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