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The Old ­Captain In Berlin

These ­excerpts from 'A Life In Shadow: The Secret Story of ACN Nambiar' by Vappla Balachandran, it is revealed how much Bose depended on Nambiar aka Nanu when he was in Europe in the charged atmosphere just before World War II

The Old ­Captain In Berlin
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Nambiar (centre) with Keppler (right) at a ceremony for the Azad Hind
The Old ­Captain In Berlin
outlookindia.com
2017-02-04T11:35:03+05:30

Arathil Candoth Narayanan Nambiar, Nanu to friends, is one of the most enigmatic characters of India’s freedom struggle. He was Subhas ­Chandra Bose’ deputy, and a close friend of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. The British accused him of being a Soviet spy. His ­biography has been written for the first time, A Life In Shadow: The ­Secret Story of ACN Nambiar by Vappala Balachandran, a former senior RAW official. In these ­excerpts, it is revealed how much Bose depended on Nanu when he was in Europe in the charged atmosphere just before World War II.

Bose faced many difficulties, protocol and content wise. Soon after his arrival, von Trott (Adam von Trott, the diplomat who led a dual life, resisted Nazism) took Bose to his first meeting with Keppler where he was treated ‘with a long and wholly uninformed oration on the subject of India, the British Empire, Congress and kindred matters, never stopping to allow a reply and never thinking of inviting the other’s views, until he declared the interview at an end.’

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