Netaji was not a fascist
THE WEEK|February 06, 2022
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ANITA BOSE PFAFF economist and daughter of Subhas Chandra Bose
REKHA DIXIT

At 79, Anita Bose Pfaff keeps in touch with every devel-opment in India, especially those in connection with her father Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s legacy. She is thrilled that his hologram statue has been installed at India Gate. In a video interview from her home in Stadtbergen, Germany, Pfaffspeaks with THE WEEK on what Netaji’s real legacy is.

Q/ How does it feel to have your father’s birth anniversary recognised as Parakram Divas (Day of Valour)?

A/ I am very pleased that Netaji’s statue was installed at India Gate. It befits him. Modern technology has allowed a quick installation by a hologram, it is very appropriate. The only other person who could be considered for this honour is Mahatma Gandhi.

It feels very nice to know that my father is remembered by his people so long after he was around. I also feel good that so many common people remember him. I only hope they will also remember him for the ideals he stood for.

Q/ Which are those ideals?

A/ Three strike me, mainly because they are still an issue. One is communal harmony. I am quite distressed when I hear of communal conflict in India. The second is that India has a bad reputation as a country of great violence against women. Netaji was a champion of gender equality, he was far more modern than many people today. The third is the emancipation and empowerment of disadvantaged people, both lower-caste groups and people with low education.

Q/ Do you feel Netaji’s legacy is being politicised?

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