Free India Centre

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A ceremony marking the establishment of the Provisional Government of Free India held by the Free India Centre in Berlin, with soldiers of the Indian Legion and German and Indian dignitaries present

The Free India Centre (German: Zentrale Freies Indien) was the European branch of the Provisional Government of Free India, the provisional government of the Azad Hind movement for Indian independence led by Subhas Chandra Bose. It was founded by Bose when he was in Berlin in 1942, and headed by A. C. N. Nambiar.

Its responsibilities included managing relations with the European Axis powers, supporting and recruiting volunteers for the Indian Legion, running Azad Hind Radio, and preparing for the much larger provisional government that was formed in southeast Asia with Japanese support. While its main base was in Berlin, it also had branch offices in Paris and in Italy. On its establishment in Berlin, the Free India Centre was essentially given the status of a diplomatic mission by Germany. It had an office at No. 2A Lichtensteiner Allee in Tiergarten, although its activities were for some time mostly conducted in hotels or Bose's eventual house on Sophienstrasse in Charlottenburg.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Werth, Aleander, ed. (1996). A Beacon Across Asia: A Biography of Subhas Chandra Bose. Orient Blackswan. pp. 106–109. ISBN 8125010289.