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Netaji files: Is Bengal Govt withholding some more information?

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Kolkata: The West Bengal government has declassified 64 secret files it had on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose but researchers claim that some more might have been “withheld” and have not come out.

The Mamata Banerjee government on Friday put in public domain 64 files on Netaji that were with the state home department. However, researcher and author Anuj Dhar claims the existence of more such files with the chief minister’s office (CMO).

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Dhar, who was the first to reveal the existence of 64 files that were sent by the Bengal government to the Justice M.K. Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry probing Netaji’s disappearance, says his efforts to seek information about Netaji files with the CMO were stonewalled.

“The 64 files that have been declassified were with the state home department and were sent for the Mukherjee Commission to examine. But there are at least six more files containing crucial information with the CMO,” Dhar, the author of “India’s Biggest Cover-Up”, told IANS.

His efforts to seek information through RTI about the number of classified files on Netaji in possession of the state government including the CMO did not yield any result.

“The CMO clearly sidestepped my application. I got only a half reply to my RTI query stating that the CMO did not have any file on Netaji disappearance. Incidentally, my query was about all classified files on Netaji and not particularly about his disappearance,” said Dhar.

Another researcher Jayanta Chowdhury, who deposed before the Mukherjee Commission, claimed that the 64 files declassified on Friday do not contain at least 12 files that were examined by the commission which in 2006 had concluded that Bose did not die in the alleged air crash in 1945 in Taiwan.

“Tallying the list of files given by the Mukherjee Commission with that with the declassified files, I have found several anomalies. It appears that that at least 12 files that were examined by the Commission are not among the 64 files that have been declassified,” Chowdhury told IANS, adding the “missing” files dealt with intelligence gathering on Netaji and other INA personalities.

“There are several files and documents that are not only missing but some of the documents that have been declassified do not find a mention in the Mukherjee Commission list.”

Among the documents that were not sent to the commission includes a file on Netaji’s nephew Sisir Kumar Bose containing details of intercepted letters, while Chowdhury also noted the “mysterious disappearance” of a letter by Sisir Kumar Bose written to Netaji’s wife Emilie Schenkl posted on June 16, 1953 and intercepted July 2, 1953.

“There is a note giving details about the interception of the letter that a copy was kept and its contents forwarded to various intelligence officers but the letter itself is missing from the files,” said Chowdhury.

Though he did not rule possibility of some documents still remaining classified, Netaji’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose said the Banerjee government has no reason to withhold any files.

“We have no reasons to doubt the chief minister’s claims that all files in possession of her government have been declassified. But the possibility of files being either destroyed or taken away by the centre cannot be ruled out,” Bose told IANS, noting the UPA had rejected the Mukherjee Commission findings and there was possibility of the Congress playing “dirty tricks”.

Another researcher and Mukherjee Commission deponent Purabi Roy too did not rule out the possibility of files being withheld.

“But, whether they are now lying with the centre, or they are with the existing state government, that only the authorities know,” Roy told IANS.

The researchers, though concurred that the answers to all these questions can be answered if and when the Narendra Modi government declassifies nearly 130 secret files on Netaji said to be in possession of various departments.

The prime minister on Sunday said he will be meeting 50 Bose family members and researchers in October.

The Bose family members would also seek Modi’s intervention in getting Russian and British governments for declassifying similar files said to be in the possession of their respective spy agencies.

(IANS)

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Subhas Chandra Bose Didn’t Die in an Air Crash, Suggests French Report

The French government has always been silent on the issue, adding more significance to the findings

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Subhas Chandra Bose and the mystery around his death
Subhas Chandra Bose with Mahatma Gandhi at the Indian National Congress meeting. Wikimedia
  • 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.

Also read: Personal life of Subhas Chandra Bose generates divisive views

“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.

Also read: 100 files related to Netaji declassified by PM Modi on his birth anniversary

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

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Odisha pays tribute to 2 of its legendary sons Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Veer Surendra Sai on their Birth Anniversaries

Odisha on Monday celebrated the birth anniversaries of two of its legendary sons Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Veer Surendra Sai.

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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)

 

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Declassified documents reveal Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s widow wanted an early solution to the issue of her husband’s ashes

Files pertaining to the time and life of Netaji are being released, in batches, and the records are being analysed thoroughly

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Bose arriving at the 1939 annual session of the Congress. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

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.

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.”

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Subhas Chandra Bose with his wife Emilie Schenkl. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

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.”

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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.”

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Renkoji Temple Tokyo japan. Image source: Wikimedia

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.

– prepared by Usman Zafar from NewsGram. Twitter: @HalkiSiChuban

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