A CD of a recorded speech of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is now available. The CD contains one of his broadcasts from Tokyo Radio in 1943 where he analyzed the international situation, justified creation of Indian National Army, and reminded the responsibilities of his countrymen in furthering freedom struggle.
Excerpt from his lecture states: “In this war, we find two world powers engaged in battle. On one side are the groups of old monarchy, determined to preserve their colonial interests. Opposing them, are a new group of imperial forces who intend to destroy the colonial controls and replace it with a new world order. Belong to the former group are the Anglo-American Imperialist powers, masked in freedom and democracy. Should this imperial power become victorious then India will be subjected to permanent subjugation. Along with that- enslavement of several other unfortunate nations will be further consolidated.” His analysis continues.
A question may be asked: Is Netaji correct in predicting “India will be subjected to permanent subjugation?”
Paris based historian, J B P More, through a brief French secret service report came up with a finding that Bose didn’t die in an air crash and was alive in 1947
The French government has always been silent on the issue
The Indian government, supposedly ended the mystery some time ago, by replying to an RTI query
New Delhi, July 17, 2017: Seventy-two years since the report of the death of Subhas Chandra Bose, but the debate regarding the real timing and cause of his demise continues. Whether the plane crash story holds any ground or not, is still a mystery that is yet to be solved.
Three commissions were appointed by the government of India to resolve the deeply rooted mystery. Among them, The Shah Nawaz Committee (1956) and Khosla Commission (1970) concluded that Bose died in an air crash on August 18, 1945, at Taihoku airport in Japanese-occupied Taipei, whereas, the Mukherjee Commission came to the conclusion that he did not die in an air crash. Although the Government rejected the claims of the Mukherjee Commission, this did not refrain the scholars around the world to get deep into the case to find the truth.
Recently, Paris-based historian, J B P More stumbled upon a brief French secret service report dated December 11, 1947, at the National Archives of France. He came up with a finding that Bose didn’t die in an air crash and was still alive in 1947.
“It is not stated in the document that Subhas Chandra Bose died in the air crash in Taiwan. Instead, it is reported that Bose’s present whereabouts were unknown as late as December 1947, which again implies that the French did not buy the theory that Bose died in the air crash on August 18, 1945,” said More, who teaches at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales, Paris.
“But he escaped from Indochina alive and his whereabouts were unknown as late as December 11, 1947, as reported in the secret document. This implies that he was alive somewhere but not dead in 1947,” More added, quoting the report written for the “Haut Commisariat de France for Indochina” SDECE Indochinese Base BCRI No. 41283 csah Ex No. 616, under the title: “Archival Information on Subhas Chandra Bose.”
After Bose took off from Saigon on his way to Tokyo, the British and the Japanese too declared that Bose died in an air crash, but the French government always remained silent on the issue, though Vietnam/Indochina was a French colony during the 1940s.
Scholars have expressed their concern regarding the need for the findings in the report to be taken seriously. “Even though the Mukherjee Commission concluded that Bose didn’t die in an air crash, the government didn’t recognize it. The Centre’s idea to ‘declassify’ secret files on Bose may not help, But findings like this have significance,” said Kingshuk Nag, a noted journalist and author of the book “Netaji: Living Dangerously.”
Only some time ago, The Ministry of Home Affairs, India, supposedly ended the mystery by replying to a Right To Information query filed by Sayak Sen. MHA reportedly said: “After considering the reports of Shahnawaz Committee, Justice GD Khosla Commission and Justice Mukherjee Commission of Enquiry, the Government has come to the conclusion that Netaji has died in plane crash in 1945.”
Now, Paris-based historian J B P More, with his findings, seems to have given a new shape to this enigma.
– prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha
Bhubaneshwar, Jan 23, 2017: Odisha on Monday celebrated the birth anniversaries of two of its legendary sons Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Veer Surendra Sai.
While the 120th birth anniversary of Netaji Bose was observed in a big way at his birthplace in Odia Bazaar in Cuttack, the birthday of freedom fighter Surendra Sai was observed at his native village Khinda in Sambalpur district.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda and others visited the Netaji museum in Cuttack and paid homage at the Janakinath Bhawan where Netaji was born on January 23, 1897.
Several functions were also organised to mark his birthday.
“Saluting the icon of patriotism, valour, sacrifice of one of the greatest sons of soil Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, on his birth anniversary,” tweeted the Chief Minister.
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Patnaik also offered floral tribute to Veer Surendra Sai’s statue inside the Odisha Legislative Assembly premises on the auspicious occasion of his 208th birth anniversary.
“I pay my heartfelt tributes to the great revolutionary, freedom fighter and leader of the people Veer Surendra Sai on his birth anniversary,” said the Chief Minister.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha chief Mohan Bhagwat visited Khinda village to pay tributes to the great freedom fighter on his birthday, said sources. (IANS)
August 31, 2016: Declassified files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has been made accessible to the public on August 30, 2016 by Government of India. Last year on October 14, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had made the announcement regarding declassifying the documents; when he met the delegation of Netaji’s family members at his residence in New Delhi. Since then, files pertaining to the time and life of Netaji are being released, in batches, and the records are being analysed thoroughly.
One of the disclosed records claimed that Netaji’s wife Emilie Schenkl wanted the issue of Netaji’s ashes, being brought to India from Japan, to be resolved as quickly as possible.
Public Release of 7th Batch of 25 Declassified files Relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on Web Portal: https://t.co/skPj4LnMUj
Pranab Mukherjee, the then external minister had met with Schenkl and Netaji’s daughter Anita Pfaff in Germany on October 21, 1995. Following which he wrote a signed memorandum on October 28, 1995 to late Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao: “I feel that Netaji’s widow and daughter are keen that an early solution be found to the issue of return of Netaji’s ashes to India.”
Mukherjee further recorded in his Memo that “Anita Pfaff made it clear that while she would like to consult other members of the (Bose) family in India, the final decision will rest with her alone.” He further added:” she would prefer that the family is not divided on this issue.”
Mukherjee also made a prediction in his memo stating: “There appear to be some sections of Netaji’s family, if articulated publicly, as sure it will be, may be used for partisan political ends.”
The declassification of Netaji’s files held by the Indian Government had resulted in baseless defamation of Jawaharlal Nehru, and the Indian National Congress, of which Netaji twice held the position of the President.
Mr. Satish Lambah, then Indian ambassador to Germany had accompanied Mr. Pranab Mukherjee to the meeting with Netaji’s wife and daughter, mentioned theindiandiaspora.com report.
Ashis Ray, a residence of London and a veteran Media person, stated: “I cross checked with Ambassador Lambah. Not only did he corroborate President Mukherjee’s description of the meeting, but said Mukherjee was welcomed with great cordiality, courtesy, respect and warmth by Schenkl, Pfaff, and her family.”
Netaji’s ashes are preserved in Tokyo’s Renkoji Temple since September 1945. Schenkl, Netaji’s wife had passed away in March 1996 and Anita Bose Pfaff is now an economist in Germany.
The comments are revealed in a declassified document and can be read at – www.bosefiles.info.