The Chief of Staff for Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Saikat Chakrabarti, wore a shirt promoting a Nazi sympathizer and collaborator.
Chakrabarti wore the shirt during a NowThis interview in 2018 shortly after his boss won her election. The shirt prominently features Subhas Chandra Bose, an Indian revolutionary who resisted British rule in India with the help of the Nazis and the Japanese during World War II.
By 1942 Hitler had recognized Bose as the leader of the “Free India Government.” Bose, over the course of the war, enlisted 40,000 men into the Indian National Army to help support the Japanese invasion of British India in 1944. He also recruited Indians to help fight the British in the European Theater for Hitler. The Indian Legion Bose raised for Germany was trained as a regiment within the SS.
On one occasion Bose traveled to Germany to meet Hitler in person. During his time in Germany, Bose would broadcast propaganda for the Nazis on Azad Hind Radio, speaking in several different languages including English, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati and Pashto.
Bose also socialized in circles with the notorious head of Hitler’s SS, Heinrich Himmler, who was responsible for enforcing the “Final Solution” which led to the persecution and death of 6 million Jews throughout the course of the war.