Brothers and sisters! A glorious chapter in the history of struggle for freedom has just come to a close and, in that chapter, the sons and daughters of India in East Asia will have an undying place.

You set a shining example of patriotism and self-sacrifice by pouring out men, money and material into the struggle for India’s independence. I shall never forget the spontaneity and enthusiasm with which you responded to my call for Total Mobilisation. Yon sent an unending stream of your sons and daughters to the camps to be trained as soldiers of the Azad Hind Fauj and of the Rani of Jhansi Regiment. Money and materials, you poured lavishly into the war chest of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind. In short, you did your duty as true sons and daughters of India.

I regret, more than you do, that your sufferings and sacrifices have not borne immediate fruit. But they have not gone in vain, because they have ensured the emancipation of our Motherland and will serve as an undying inspiration to Indians all over the world. Posterity will bless your name and will talk with pride about your offerings at the altar of India’s freedom, and about your positive achievements as well.

In this unprecedented crisis in our history, I hope only one word to say. Do not be depressed at our temporary failure. Be of good cheer and keep up your spirits. Above all, never for a moment falter in your faith in India’s destiny. There is no power on earth that can keep India enslaved. India shall be free, and before long.

Jai Hind!

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