Subhas Chandra Bose, a man of comparable stature who admired Gandhi
but despaired at his aims and methods, and who became a bitter rival of
Nehru. Bose played a very active and prominent role in India's political
life during most of the 1930s. For example, he was twice (1938 and
1939) elected President of the Indian National Congress, the country's
most important political force for freedom from the Raj, or British rule.
While his memory is still held in high esteem in India, in the West
Bose is much less revered, largely because of his wartime collaboration
with the Axis powers. Both before and during the Second World War, Bose
worked tirelessly to secure German and Japanese support in freeing his
beloved homeland of foreign rule. During the final two years of the war,
Bose -- with considerable Japanese backing -- led the forces of the
Indian National Army into battle against the British.