Kolkata: Seeking to dispel the theory that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose lived as a hermit till 1985, a family member on Monday asserted that the nationalist leader could not have chosen renunciation over his motherland.
At the launch of her book, Bose’s grand niece Madhuri Bose quoted one of Netaji’s earliest writings to buttress her claims.
Netaji in his writing ‘Pebbles on the Seashore’ had said: ‘Embracing Sanyasa when your country needs you is only a refined form of betrayal’. So a man who had such a belief cannot have lived a life of a monk as has been claimed for long.
Her book “The Bose Brothers and Indian Independence: An Insider’s Account” was released by West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at Raj Bhavan here.
What I know of the man, I do not believe he lived as the Gumnami Baba. A man who always believed in serving the nation, a man whose every word reflected his determination to serve the motherland, would not be in hiding or isolation.
Following his disappearance after an alleged plane crash in Taiwan in 1945, there have been many conspiracy theories surrounding Netaji, including one that he came back to India and lived as Gumnami Baba alias Bhagwanji in Faizabad and Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh for 30 years.
Several researchers, including Anuj Dhar, who has written several books on Netaji, endorse the Gumnami Baba theory.
Justice Manoj Mukherjee, who headed the Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry into Netaji’s disappearance, also subscribed to the view in a comment that was captured on camera.
On the occasion, Tripathi as well as former Supreme Court judge A.K. Ganguly gave rave reviews of the book, asserting it will bring out many unknown facts about Netaji and his relationship with his elder brother Sarat Chandra Bose. (IANS)(Picture Courtesy:yahooinswitch.tumblr.com)
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
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that de-classifying of files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be initiated from January 23, his birth anniversary.
Modi said this in a series of tweets after meeting members of Bose’s extended family at his residence here.
The prime minister said the government would also request foreign governments to declassify their files on Bose, whose reported death in a plane crash in 1945 in Formosa, now Taiwan, is widely disputed.
Modi said he will begin the process in December when he visits Russia.
Bose, a leading light of India’s freedom movement who at one time was elected the Congress president, was said to be fleeing to Russia when his plane reportedly crashed and caught fire.
This version has been challenged for decades by innumerable Bose fans who have held varying versions of what happened to him after 1945.
Bose’s family members met Modi in the light of the West Bengal government’s declassification of official files related to the last days of Bose, who set up the Indian National Army (INA).
“It was a privilege to welcome family members of Subhas Babu to 7RCR. We had a remarkable and extensive interaction,” Modi said.
“I told Subhas Babu’s family members, please consider me a part of your family. They shared their valuable suggestions with me,” he added.
Modi said, “There is no need to strangle history. Nations that forget their history lack the power to create it.”
The prime minister had announced in September that he would meet over 50 members of Bose’s extended family living in India and abroad.
The mystery surrounding Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s disappearance has taken a step forward to being unravelled with the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announcing the decision to publish the state government files on the Indian National Army (INA) leader.
Beginning September 18, all documents pertaining to the freedom fighter will be made available at the city police station.
“The mystery surrounding Netaji continues to be unsolved. So whatever files we have we will declassify which may help in unravelling the mystery,” Banerjee told reporters at the Secretariat today.
Speaking on the impediments concerning the prospective declassification, Banerjee said that the documents did not relate to any issues concerning internal security or the like and that she herself was unaware about their existence.
“Even we were not aware that we had such files. We believed all such files on Netaji were with the central government. Nobody before bothered or gave a thought that files on Netaji can also be with the state government.
“Going through other files we came across these documents and we decided to make them public. It is a big decision,” Banerjee stated.
The announcement from the West Bengal chief comes in the backdrop of massive campaigns being staged by a host of Netaji descendants and researchers for disclosing the secret files on Netaji.
According to the campaigners, over 100 such files lie with the central government and at least 64 files with the Bengal government.
Open Platform for Netaji (OPN), a forum comprising a host of descendants of the nationalist leader and researchers is one of the major campaigners for the declassification of the secret Netaji files.
“We wholeheartedly welcome the decision. It is a great decision and will pave the way in unravelling what actually happened to Netaji. I think her decision will also prompt the Centre to take a decision in this regard,” said Chandra Kumar Bose, Netaji’s grand nephew and convenor of Open Platform.
Surya Kumar Bose, another of Netaji’s grandnephews, had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin in April this year and raised the issue of declassification of the files.
Experts associated with Netaji also feel that Mamata Banerjee’s decision is a step in the right direction, especially considering the fact that bureaucrats at the prime minister’s office, home ministry and ministry of external affairs have so far stonewalled attempts to access the classified files that can throw light on Netaji’s disappearance.
“Banerjee’s decision will create pressure on the Modi government to release the files,” says Anuj Dhar, author of ‘India’s Biggest Cover-up’.
“Most of the important files that can really blow the Netaji cover-up are with the central government. Mamata Banerjee has given a huge boost to our fight for declassification. This will surely create pressure on the Modi government,” Dhar said.