Rasbehari Bose was one of the prominent Indian leaders who fought against the British Rule.
Role in Ghadar revolution
He played a prominent role in the Ghadar revolution, a pan Indian mutiny in the British Indian Army that was planned by Ghadar party and carried out in February 1915.
Leaving for Japan
Post the Ghadar revolution, Rasbehari Bose had to leave India to escape from the British hunt. He left for Singapore on May 22, 1915 and from there went to Japan in June, under the impersonation of Raja P N T Tagore, a distant relation of Rabindranath Tagore.
In Japan, he played a key role in the formation of the Indian National Army.
On arriving in Japan, he met his colleagues of the Ghadar Party, Herambalal Gupta and Bhagavan Singh and formulated the agenda against the British, in hiding.
Becoming a Japanese citizen
When Japan, an ally of the British in the First World War, discovered their identities and wanted to extradite them, Herambalal escaped to US, while Rasbehari came out of his ‘hiding’ by marrying the daughter of a Japanese bakery owner and becoming a citizen of Japan. Through this bakery, he also introduced Indian Curry to Japan.
As a journalist
Rasbehari became a journalist and explained the Indian view to the outside world for the next 20 years. It was due his earnest efforts that a conference was held in Tokyo in 1942 to discuss political issues.
Forming of Indian Independence League
The Indian Independence League was soon formed, under the leadership of Rasbehari. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was made the president of this league.
Formation of INA
Many Indian prisoners captured by the Japanese army in Burma and Malaysia were persuaded to join the Indian National Army under this Independence league.
Thus, the Indian Army took shape due to the efforts of Rasbehari Bose. It was named Azad Hind Fauj.
Conferred prestigious title
Rasbehari passed away on 21st January, 1945. The Japanese government honoured him with the prestigious title, ‘The Second Order of Merit of the Rising Sun’, the highest recognition for a foreigner.
It is even more heartening to note that a royal coach was sent by the Japanese Emperor Hirohito, to carry the mortal remains of this great Indian revolutionary.