“After their first defeat at the hands of the British in 1757 in Bengal, the Indian people fought an uninterrupted series of hard and bitter battles over a stretch of one hundred years. The history of this period teams with examples of unparalleled heroism and self-sacrifice. And in the pages of that history, the names of Sirajuddoula and Mohanlal of Bengal, Haider Ali, Tipu Sultan and Velu Tampi of South India, Appa Sahib Bhonsle and Peshwa Baji Rao of Maharashtra, the Begums of Oudh, Sardar Shyam Singh Atariwala of Punjab and last, but not the least, Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi, Tantia Topi, Maharaj Kunwar Singh of Dumraon and Nana Sahib – among others – the names of all these warriors are forever engraved in letters of gold.
“Having been constituted as the Provisional Government of Azad Hind by the Indian Independence of Azad Hind by the Indian Independence League in East Asia, we enter upon our duties with a full sense of responsibility that has devolved on us.
……..It will be the task of the Provisional Government to launch and to conduct the struggle that will bring about the expulsion of the British and their allies from the soil of India. It will then be the task of the Provisional Government to launch and to conduct the struggle that will bring about the expulsion of the British and their allies from the soil of India. It will then be the task of the Provisional Government to bring about the establishment of a Permanent National Government of Azad Hind Constituted in accordance with the will of the Indian people and enjoying their confidence. After the British and their allies are overthrown and until a Permanent National Government of Azad Hind is set up on Indian soil, the Provisional Government will administer the affairs of the country in trust for the Indian people.
The Provisional Government is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Indian. It guarantees religious liberty as well as equal rights and equal opportunities to all its Citizens……….. In the name of God, in the name of bygone generations who have welded the Indian people into one nation and in the name of dead heroes who have bequeathed to us a tradition of heroism and self sacrifice – we call upon the Indian People to rally round our banner and to strike for India’s freedom. We call upon them to launch the final struggle against the British and all their allies in India and to prosecute that struggle with valor and perseverance and with full faith in Final Victory – until the enemy is expelled from Indian soil and the Indian people are once again a Free Nation.
Signed on behalf of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind -Subhas Chandra Bose,
Head of the State, Prime Minister and Minister for War, Minister for Foreign Affairs Supreme Commander of the Indian National Army.
Captain, Miss Lakshmi (Women’s organization),
S.A. Ayer (Publicity and Propaganda,
Lt.-Col. A.C. Chatterjee (Finance),
Lt.-Col. Aziz Ahmed,
Lt.-Col. N.S. Bhagat,
Col. J.K. Bhonsle,
Lt.-Col. Guljara Singh,
Lt.-Col. M.Z. Kiwani,
Lt.-Col. AD Logenathan,
Lt.-Col. Ehsan Quadir, Lt.-Col. Shaw Nawaj (Representative of three Armed Forces),
A.M. Sahay, Secretary (with Ministerial Rank),
Rash Behari Bose Supreme Adviser),
A. Yellappa, J. Thivy,
Sardar Ishar Singh (Advisors),
A.N. Sarkar (Legal Adviser).