Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was not the only face of the Azad Hind Fauj or the Indian national Army (INA). There were many famous and able generals who were a part of the Army and whose expertise and guidance had brought most of its successes. As we all know, INA was formed by a group of Indian nationalists in the year 1942. Their main aim was to get hold of India’s independence, but with the assistance of the Japanese. Here are a few of the famous people who were a part of it:
5. General Mohan Singh Deb
General Mohan Singh Deb was very important to INA. He was instrumental in getting hold of Singapore and the first major successes of INA. It was 1942 and practicing non-violence was the flavour du jour in the country. It was these revolutionaries who went on and created armies, which brought about strict nationalism among Indians. General Mohan Singh Deb commanded over and was the general and later the first commander-in-chief of INA, which held its meetings mostly in the South East Asian countries. He was undoubtedly happy after the independence, but mourned the partition. Being a member of the parliament, he always tried hard to gain recognition for the members of INA throughout his life.
4. Major General M.Z.Kiani
Major General Mohammad Zaman Kiani was initially an officer in the British Indian Army before he joined the Indian National Army and eventually became the Chief of General Staff there. It was after the revival of INA in the year 1943 under the command of Netaji that Kiani took charge. He was an active member during the fall of Rangoon and even marched to Bangkok with Netaji. After his stint here he had surrendered to the British along with the troops he had with him then. That was the end of his tryst with INA. Later, he settled in Pakistan and was appointed the Political Agent of the Government of Pakistan in a place called Gilgit.
3. Major General Shah Nawaz Khan
Remember Sonu Sood in Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero? That was S.N. Khan. He was another hero and a part of INA. He was sentenced to death by the British Government, but later the punishment was reduced due to the numerous protests that followed. He is said to have been hugely inspired by Netaji and all his sense of patriotism was due to his speeches. He was appointed at high posts by Netaji who found him to be quite an able general. He was tried by the British for waging a war against them along with his fellow generals. Shah Nawaz Khan later became a very important part of the Lok Sabha. He was also appointed as a minister for many folios.
2. Colonel Prem Kumar Sahgal
Colonel P.K. Sahgal was also a member of the British Indian Army before he joined the INA under Netaji. He held very important positions in the INA and had led the army during the Burma campaign before he surrendered. He was also tried like his fellow commanders and generals for treason at the Red Fort by the British Government. You must have heard of the name Subhashini Ali the leader of the All India Democratic Women’s Association? She’s the daughter of Colonel Sahgal.
1. Colonel Shaukat Ali Malik
Colonel S.A. Malik was an integral part of the INA and was the officer is remembered to have led a unit of the Bahadur Group during the Imphal Campaign of the World War 2. The capture of Moirang was a turning point – it was the only part of the Indian nation which was under the Azad Hind Government and not the British. He was awarded the prestigious award of the Sardar-e-Jung for his notable efforts in the success of the Azad Hind Fauj. So you see it was not a one-man-army as we apparently know.