Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's daughter Anita Pfaff has termed the Partition of the country and the resultant wars and arms race between India and Pakistan as a major disappointment, militating against her father's vision of the post-Independence nation.
Describing Netaji as a "far-sighted and visionary leader", she said Bose not only loved his country "fiercely", but was also pragmatic.
"He had envisioned many far-sighted measures for the post-Independent period. Some came through even after his demise, even without his active role in planning of these ideas."
"Again, there were other developments which deviated from what he had envisioned. I will name only three - the Partition of the country, and the slow progress in eradicating illiteracy and poverty," she said while addressing the inaugural session of Netaji's 116th birth anniversary at Netaji Bhavan here.
Later, Pfaff told media persons that the Partition of colonial India was the most disappointing development.
"The deaths, lot of tragic consequences, the squandering of resources through unnecessary wars between the two nations that succeeded colonial India - it was the most disappointing development."
The 70-year-old Pfaff said the money spent by the two countries on armament projects could have been better utilised in areas like healthcare and education.
Image: Subhash Chandra Bose's daughter Anita Bose Pfaff addresses the audience during the inaugural ceremony of Netaji's 116th birth anniversary celebrations in Kolkata on Sunday.