Glossary

AZAD HIND FAUJ: another name for the Indian National Army that Netaji formed to overthrow the British.

BANDE MATARAM: “Mother, I bow to Thee!” — the mantric slogan of the Indian freedom-fighters.

BRAHMA, VISHNU, SHIVA: the Indian trinity. Brahma is the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Transformer.

DESHABANDHU KI JA: (ja is pronounced “joy”) — “Victory to Deshabandhu!”

INDRA: the chief of the cosmic gods.

JAWAHARLAL: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.

MAHATMA: Mahatma Gandhi. It was Netaji who first called Gandhi-ji the Father of the Nation.

SANNYASI: one who has renounced the world.

Author’s note: While I was translating, so many times there were tears in my eyes. We Bengalis, both Hindu and Muslim, are all for Netaji. For him there was no Hindu, no Muslim, no Christian. All joined his Indian National Army, irrespective of religion, because they loved him so dearly.

Sri Chinmoy, Deshabandhu: Bengal’s beloved friend.First published by Agni Press in 2000.

This is the 1346th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.

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