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Who said "You give me blood, I will give you freedom"?

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danny008 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 23, 2012 at 3:01 PM via web

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Who said "You give me blood, I will give you freedom"?

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etotheeyepi | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 23, 2012 at 8:11 PM (Answer #1)

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Spoken by Subhas Chandra Bose as a part of a motivational speech for the Indian National Army at a rally of Indians in Burma on 4 July 1944. Bose's most famous quote was "Give me blood, and I shall give you freedom!" In this, he urged the people of India to join him in his fight against the British Raj.

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mimerajver | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted July 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM (Answer #2)

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Taken out of context, Bose's words may give the wrong impression. 

He called Gandhi "The Father of the Country," but unlike Gandhi and Nehru, who sought Indian independence without bloodshed, Bose led numerous uprisings in his country, and traveled to Russia to earn Stalin's active support for his cause.

Stalin was uninterested and quickly redirected him to Germany, where Bose created an Indian Legion inside the Nazi armed forces. The members of his unit, prisoners of war captured by the Nazis in North Africa, took the following oath: "I swear by God this holy oath that I will obey the leader of the German race and state, Adolph Hitler, as the commander of the German armed forces in the fight for India, whose leader is Subhas Chandra Bose".

The phrase about which you are asking was uttered under the circumstances mentioned above. 

It is open to debate whether Bose was a patriot, a misguided leader, or a traitor to the principles he claimed to defend. Such an alliance with Hitler cannot but inspire second thoughts. 


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