Sometimes a woman stands behind a man as a mother, sometimes a sister, sometimes a friend and sometimes a life partner. Like a strong wall… the viewer sees the man’s struggle, his frustration, despair and then success. But, the eyes could not see the strength of the woman who held the man throughout the journey. Only the silent affection between them tells how important they are.
India Times Special Series Through LoveStory, we bring similar stories, which tell the struggle of their wives behind successful men. We begin this journey with Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and his consort Emily. Although a lot has been written and said about this love story, but Subhash remained at the center of most things. Let’s see from Emily’s perspective today what did Subhash have in store for her?
When I met the typist
The image of Netaji Subhash Chandra remains in the eyes of all of us as a soldier, warrior and master of diplomacy. But behind it all was a Subhash that only Emily recognized. Netaji met Emily in Europe. During the Civil Disobedience Movement, his health deteriorated in prison, after which the British government sent him to Europe for treatment, although Netaji’s family had to bear the expenses there. He was treated in Europe, he was also cured. But, they decided that the young Indians who are in Europe They will prepare them for India’s freedom struggle. That’s why he stayed in Vienna, the capital of Austria. Here to make the expenses, June, in 1934 He started writing about the book ‘The Indian Struggle’ for a European publisher. He needed a typist to write the book and it was here that he first met Emily. 23-year-old Emily Schenkle’s behavior struck a chord with Subhash. While writing the book, Emily got to know that side of Subhash that no one had seen before. It further strengthened the purpose of Netaji, who was fighting for the independence of the country.
Sarat Chandra Bose’s grandson, Sugata Bose, “His Majesty’s Apprentice”. Subhash Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle Against Empire She writes that Subhash had received many marriage proposals before Emily, but never got serious. But Emily never expected to bind him with any bond. She always inspired Subhash to fight for the freedom of his country and maybe that’s why she became Subhash’s first and last love.
From 1934 to March 1936, this was the time when Emily and Subhash lived together. Meanwhile, Subhash came to India many times, remained in jail but Emily was always waiting for him. Rudranshu Mukherjee has included a letter written by Subhash on March 5, 1936 in his book. In it he says:
,Emily, when the time comes, even the snow mountain will melt, that feeling is in me right now. I can’t help but write something to tell you how much I love you. I don’t know what will happen in the future. Maybe he should spend the rest of his life in prison. I must be shot or hanged. I may never see you, I may never write a letter. But, trust me, you will always be in my heart, in my thoughts, and in my dreams. If we don’t meet in this life, I’ll be with you in the next.
There are many other letters that both of them wrote to each other when they were not together. In 1937, Subhash wrote another letter to Emily. They said, ‘Emily, I just want to tell you that I’m still the way I was. Hope I’ll be back one day.
On December 26, 1937, Emily and Subhash got married in secret. Emily never wanted Subhash to stay with her, taking care of the family in return for this marriage. Even after marriage, Emily always kept Subhash free. That they work for the independence of the country. He supported them and waited. On November 29, 1942, Emily gave birth to a daughter, who was named Anita. Even then Subhash was not with Emily. He last met Anita and Emily in Vienna in December 1942, after which he never returned.
she continued to fulfill the responsibilities
Subhash returned to India with his daughter and wife for the last time and was never able to return. He remained in jail, formed the Azad Hind Fauj and sacrificed himself for the country. Behind them, Emily lifted Anita up by herself. He continued to work in a small telegraph office. He sent Anita to school, got her university education and brought her to the list of well-known economists in Germany.
Meanwhile, Emily never met Subhash, nor did she expect him to come back and take care of everything. Emily died in 1996. Until then they never revealed their relationship. All that was written about this love story was from the mouths of those who were very close to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Subhash often talked to him about Emily. Therefore, who met Emily, passed through Subhash’s eyes.
What Emily herself was and what Subhash was to her, only they both knew.