Circa 1940: Subhas Chandra Bose, the Indian Nationalist leader. He became commander-in-chief of the Japanese-sponsored Indian National Army during the war. and was presumed killed in Formosa in 1945. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Circa 1940: Indian nationalist leader, Subhas Chandra Bose (1897 - 1945). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Rumours of Netaji being alive have been doing the rounds unfailingly for the past 65 years. He is seen as the last hope of idealism and courage in crisis-ridden times. 115 years after Netaji's birth, the story of the fight of a hero for his country has acquired immortality.
A handout portrait of Subhas Chandra Bose that is on display at the Netaji Research Bureau in Kolkata. REUTERS/Netaji Research Bureau/Handout
Bose was imprisoned twice in 1921 and 1924. He was elected president of the Congress in 1938 defeating Mahatma Gandhi's candidate Patabhi Sitaramavya in 1938. He resigned from Congress and formed the Forward Block.
But disillusioned by what he saw as the slow pace of the pro-independence movement, he decided to leave India to seek help abroad, escaping from house arrest in Calcutta in January 1941.
Handout portrait of the leader of the Indian National Army Subhas Chandra Bose that is on display at the Netaji Research Bureau in Kolkata. REUTERS/Netaji Research Bureau/Handout
The Wanderer car used by the leader of the Indian National Army, Subhas Chandra Bose, to escape from house arrest in 1941 in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta on September 30, 2003. Picture taken on September 30, 2003. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw
January 29, 1946: Casualties receiving attention after being injured in riots in Mumbai, then Bombay, when police tried to alter the route of an unauthorised religious procession. The procession was also intended to commemorate the birthday of Indian Nationalist leader Subhas Chandra Bose, who died the year before in a plane crash. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
January 29, 1946: The police form a human barricade during an unauthorised religious procession through Bombay, now Mumbai, which soon turned into a riot. The procession was also intended to commemorate the birthday of Indian Nationalist leader Subhas Chandra Bose, who died the year before in a plane crash. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Circa 1945: Subhas Chandra Bose, Indian Nationalist Leader and Commander in Chief of the Japanese sponsored Indian National Army, after a visit to Berlin where he met Hitler. He was known as the 'Quisling Of India'. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Members of the Indian National Congress (foreground left to right) Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869 - 1948), Subhas Chandra Bose (1897 - 1945) and Vallabhai Patel (1875-1950) during the 51st Indian National Congress. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Bose advocated complete independence for India at the earliest, whereas the All-India Congress Committee wanted it in phases, through Dominion status. Finally at the historic Lahore Congress convention, the Congress adopted Purna Swaraj (complete independence) as its motto.
January 13, 1938: Labour politician and editor of the Daily Herald, George Lansbury (1859 - 1940) greeting Subhas Chandra Bose (1895 - 1945) Indian Nationalist leader and supporter of the Axis in WW II. (Photo by H F Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
In the years leading up to World War Two, Subhas Chandra Bose, popularly known as 'Netaji' or leader, was a senior member of the Indian Congress Party, pushing for freedom from British rule.
Declassified Intelligence Bureau reports state Bose could have escaped to the USSR under the cover of news of a fake air crash.