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The Bose Brothers and Indian Independence

The Bose Brothers and Indian Independence
An Insider’s Account

First Edition
Critical Acclaim

November 2015 | 300 pages | SAGE India

This book chronicles the roles of Sarat and Subhas Chandra Bose in the Indian freedom struggle. It draws  from first-hand accounts of Amiya Nath Bose who was close to them as family, political ally and also was a confidant and trusted envoy.

The book takes us through the turbulent political arena of India in the 1920s and unravels the politics of the Indian Nationalist Movement as experienced by Sarat and Subhash Chandra Bose. It reveals their interactions with contemporary leaders Chittaranjan Das, Jinnah, Motilal and Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel and Mahatma Gandhi—down the years till Partition in 1947, an event which Sarat Bose relentlessly opposed.

With access to diaries, notes, photographs and private correspondence, this book, written by a member of the Bose family, brings to light previously unpublished material on Netaji and Sarat Chandra Bose.


Foreword by Rajmohan Gandhi
1. The Bose Brothers and ‘Ami’
2. The Road to Mandalay
3. Swaraj Beckons, Swaraj Denied
4. Bose Brothers and Gandhi: Parting of the Ways
5. Partition: A Bitter Pill
6. A Free and United Bengal
Index important addition to the literature on India's freedom movement and the roles in it of the formidable Bose brothers, Sarat and Subhas. 

Rajmohan Gandhi
Research Professor, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois

A valuable addition to the biographical literature encompassing the crucial decades around Independence.

Professor Joachim Oesterheld
Historian and Specialist on South Asia, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Netaji’s grandniece tells the story of the Bose Brothers’ contribution to India’s struggle for independence through the eyes of her father, Amiya. She relies on extensive conversations with her father over the years that have shaped her own view of the history of Indian independence. The result is an interesting insight into the experiences, perceptions and analyses from the inner circle of the Bose family.

Dr Jan Kuhlmann
Historian and a Netaji Scholar

The legend of the two shining stars of Indian patriotism, Subhas Chandra and Sarat Chandra is truer than truth itself. Madhuri Bose, a family insider, has chronicled it in a way, at once moving and charming. The inspiring legend has gained in the telling and is embellished by the first-person recollections from Amiya Nath Bose. The story unfolded in this beautiful narrative is indeed a priceless legacy of renascent India.

Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah
Former Chief Justice of India

Madhuri Bose has thrown new light on aspects of India’s independence struggle. The story she tells—and the new material contained in it—will be invaluable to scholars both in India and elsewhere. It is also a reminder of the complexity of the independence movement and of the different perspectives of some of the main players.

John McCarthy
National President of Australian Institute for International Affairs

[The book] is a source for future historians in search of material as it relies heavily  on information generated by various family members; especially the first-hand accounts of Amiya Nath Bose (nephew of Subhas Chandra Bose).

The Sunday Tribune, 21 February 2016

With access to diaries, notes, photographs and private correspondence, this book, written by a member of the Bose family, brings to light previously unpublished material on Netaji and Sarat Chandra Bose.

Free Press Journal, 17 April 2016

[The Author] takes the reader through the most important period of the Indian Independence Movement of the 1920s by reproducing the personal correspondence between the bose brothers…. The epilogue deals with all the principal characters of the book and its heart-rending to read some of the letters.

The Hindu, 1 May, 2016