The 1937 Wanderer W24. This is the car in which Sisir Kumar Bose drove Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose from Elgin Road residence in Calcutta on the night of 16th-17th January 1941 to Gomoh on the first leg of Netaji’s great escape. This car is on display at the Netaji Bhavan in Elgin Road, Kolkata.
New Delhi, Jan 17: President Pranab Mukherjee will be visiting Jharkhand and West Bengal from January 18 to 20, 2017. On January 18 he will inaugurate the centenary year celebrations of Jhalda Satyabhama Vidyapith at Jhalda, Purulia.
On the same day, he will also inaugurate the 60th-anniversary celebrations of Netaji Research Bureau and unveil the restored Wanderer Car used by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his ‘Mahanishkraman’ (the great escape) in January 1941 at Kolkata.
It may be mentioned that on the night of January 16-17, 1941, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose escaped India in that car disguised as a Pathan from his incarceration in Kolkata to go to Russia and finally to Germany to meet Adolf Hitler and seek his support in India’s freedom struggle.
A rare photograph of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Adolf Hitler shot in Germany on May 29,1942.
He later set up the Indian National Army and government in exile of India at Singapore with the Indian soldiers captured by the Axis forces during the World War II.
On the night of 16th-17th January 1941, Sisir Kumar Bose drove Netaji to Gomoh. Sisir Bose was passionate about cars since his childhood. His father, Sarat Chandra Bose purchased the Wanderer in 1937. The car was registered in the name of Sisir Bose.
At that point in time, Bose was a student at the Calcutta Medical College located in College Street. He used to personally drive this car to the college every day.
When he got married in 1955, the car was still being used regularly. Sisir Bose and his wife Krishna Bose would often drive down to various places in the Wanderer, although the car has bluffed them on a few occasions.
Sisir Kumar Bose founded the Netaji Research Bureau in 1957 and the following year, he donated the Wanderer to the museum. Since then it has been put on display at the Netaji Bhavan on Elgin Road.
On January 19, 2017, the President will inaugurate the 28th Dantan Gramin Mela-2017 at Dantan, Paschim Medinipur. He will also attend the 35th Anniversary celebrations of Aajkaal at Kolkata on the same day.
On January 20, 2017, the President will inaugurate the Bengal Global Business Summit-2017. On the same day, he will inaugurate the bi-centenary celebrations of the Hindu School. The President will also inaugurate the bi-centenary celebrations of Presidency University at Kolkata before returning to Delhi.