The Lost Hero
Quartet Books (1982)
No account of the history of Indian independence can be complete without the man who opposed Gandhi, was a bitter rival of Nehru and waged war against Mountbatten — Subhas Chandra Bose (no relation). This is his story and that of the alternative, violent revolutionary struggle for Indian independence — one that often paralleled that non-violent one and occasionally threatened to overwhelm it. Rational, practical and freedom-mad, as he urged every Indian to be, Bose was anathema to both the Congress Raj and the British Raj. His supporters, on the other hand, went to the other extreme, magnifying his virtues and completely obscuring his faults.