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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Singapore President recalls Netaji`s contribution in his book!

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Updated on Wednesday, July 06, 2011, 08:35 / ZeeNews.

Singapore: Singapore President S R Nathan has launched a book on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, recalling that a speech by the Indian freedom fighter in 1940s` had changed his perspective of British rule.

"From that speech, my perspective of British rule, even in Malaya, took an opposite turn and has remained so to this day," said Nathan at the launch of the biography book in Singapore yesterday.

Nathan said one of Bose`s speeches then was his first political education, recalling how Bose had detailed acts of cruelty committed by the British in India during their raj.

The President said Bose was a "key Asian nationalist" and a man of "single-minded purpose" who made important contributions to the struggle of freedom in both India and Singapore.

Bose led overseas Indian independent movement, and politicised Indian labourers in Singapore when he arrived in July 1943.

Nathan also recalled that first emergency was declared in Malaya at the Indian labourer operated Dublin Estate in northern peninsular state of Kedah, because of Bose`s presence and exhortation, inspiring the Indians to stand up against the British.

"So after the war, when the British returned, it was no longer a docile labour force. It was revitalised," Nathan was quoted as saying in a report by The Straits Times today.

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