Azad Hind Radio

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Azad Hind Radio was a propaganda radio service that was started under the leadership of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Germany in 1942 to encourage Indians to fight for freedom. Though initially based in Germany, its headquarters was shifted to Singapore and later to Rangoon following the course of the war in South East Asia. Following Netaji's departure to South East Asia, the German operations were continued by A.C.N. Nambiar, the head of the Indian Legion in Germany and later Ambassador of the Arzi Hukumate Azad Hind in Germany. [1] [2] [3] [4]

The station broadcast weekly news bulletins in English, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi, Pashto and Urdu only as these were the languages of potential volunteers for the Indian Legion in Germany and the Indian National Army in southeast Asia. The majority of the volunteers spoke these Indian languages only.

Azad Hind Radio aimed to counter the broadcasts of Allied radio stations. On Azad Hind Radio, Netaji referred the British Broadcasting Corporation as the Bluff and Bluster Corporation and the All India Radio as the Anti Indian Radio.

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  1. ^ "Netaji's Addresses on Azad Hind Radio". Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  2. ^ Afridi, Sahroz. "Freedom struggle on air". Archived from the original on 13 March 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Immortalising the Bengali 'voice' of Bose's Azad Hind Radio in Tokyo". Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Netaji to come alive on Azad Hind Radio". Retrieved 19 February 2014.

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Netaji's speeches on Azad Hind Radio: