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By Kanika Rangray

New Delhi: To shed some light on the controversy surrounding the death (or, as some believe, sudden disappearance) of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Friday that her government will publicize 64 files on Netaji. Banerjee said that the mystery surrounding the freedom fighter’s disappearance needed to be solved and put at rest.

Subhas-Chandra-Bose-Sketch-Photos1“Still the mystery surrounding Netaji’s disappearance continues to be unsolved. So whatever files we have, we will declassify them which may help in unraveling the mystery,” Banerjee was quoted as saying to a newspaper.

The move by the West Bengal government was welcomed by descendants of Netaji and researchers who have been campaigning for the declassification of these files; they hope that this will encourage the central government, which claims possession of 100 such files, to do the same.

Apart from the government and descendants of Netaji, Mission Netaji, an organisation of journalists, activists, lawyers, IT associates and others, have also come forward to pursue the case of disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Abhishek Bose, part of Mission Netaji, conversed with NewsGram via email: “We are currently conducting a US tour of our principal activist Sri Anuj Dhar. We have confirmed public events in Washington DC, Philadelphia/Delware and New York area(s).”

Talking about Mr. Dhar, Abhishek Bose said: “He had been instrumental in gathering evidence and helping the Mukherjee commission prove that the air crash theory was false. Thanks to his and other activists’ efforts, the West Bengal government has finally decided to declassify 64 files.”

“We intend to continue our efforts in creating awareness, building support and convincing the government to help solve this case. Towards that end, Mr. Dhar along with members of the Bose family and other public figures have been travelling across India and abroad addressing people, media and government functionaries,” he added.

Campaign to unveil mystery circling Netaji

Official documents maintained by the Indian government say that Netaji died when his plane crashed off Taihoku (Taiwan) in August, 1945. But Bose’s body or any picture of it was not produced to validate the controversial Japanese account, forcing some half-hearted investigations by the government. And so, in 2006 some admirers of Netaji and others decided to unravel this mystery and force the government to reveal classified documentation about Netaji’s life and death, the INA (Indian National Army led by Bose), which is spread across ministries.

The government accepted that the Prime Minister’s Office alone has 60 files regarding the same, the Intelligence Bureau has 77 and 29 are with the Ministry of External Affairs. The West Bengal government has a stockpile of 70 such files, out of which 64 are to be made public.

Anuj Dhar was quoted in a newspaper saying: “The demand for declassification of the Netaji files has gone international and vast Indian community living abroad and at home want to know the facts of their beloved leader. I hope the present government would do what previous Indian governments could not.”

Dhar, who has been leading an RTI campaign regarding the same, said: “Seventy years is a long time for someone to disappear. Indians have a right to know the truth. The excuse given by successive governments is that the information contained in the classified files will ‘spoil India’s relations with foreign countries’. This movement for transparency is about getting to the bottom of what really happened to Netaji.”

Gumnami Baba was Netaji himself?

It was once believed (and still some do) that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose died in a plane crash in Taipei (Taiwan) in 1945, but an inquiry by the Indian government in 2006 revealed that there was no such plane crash.

Photo credit: hindutav.com
Photo credit: hindutav.com

Indian author and former journalist Anuj Dhar claims that his research unveiled that Netaji lived in disguise as a nameless hermit monk in northern India and died in 1985. The nameless ascetic is none other than Gumnami Baba who lived in UP’s Faizabad.

Many people from the state have recounted incidents from their lives claiming that Gumnami Baba or Bhagwanji, as he was called, was none other than Indian freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose himself.

One among those who believed Bhagwanji was Netaji is Surajit Dasgupta. The 64 year old went back 33 years down his memory lane and recounting his encounters with Gumnami Baba said: “There was no mistake in identification that he was Netaji. His hair had thinned, much more than what we were used to seeing in his photographs. He had a flowing beard. But the features were exactly the same. Only, he had aged. The eyes were so powerful I had to turn away immediately. I realized then that the patriot our parents and we had worshipped since we were kids had reached a higher plane of existence. He had become a mahatma.”

UP CMs Sampurnanand and Benarasi Dasgupta remained in contact with Netaji from December 1954 to April 1957. Their letters, including those from former railway minister Ghani Khan Chowdhury and other important leaders, were found among Bhagwanji’s belonging which are now in possession of the Faizabad Treasury.

Read more about Gumnami Baba

 

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Namaz Offering Mamata Banerjee Remains Silent on Triple Talaq Verdict

This Trinamool poster is not the first time that the Bengal CM has done so to gain minority votes

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Mamata Banerjee offering Namaz. Facebook
  • In a recent tweet photo, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s photo offering Namaz can be seen on a Trinamool poster
  • This is not the first time Banerjee has stooped to such a level to get minority votes
  • Usually agile to respond on every issue, she has also chosen to remain silent on triple talaq verdict

August 26, 2017: Mamata Banerjee, the CM of West Bengal, was recently seen in a Trinamool Congress poster offering Namaz, an incident which has stirred a lot of heated reactions.

Very clearly the CM can be seen offering Namaz, a move that Babul Supriyo, BJP candidate, believes is “fooling the minority.”

Also Read: Supreme Court’s Decision to Ban “Triple Talaq” is a big Relief for India Muslim Women

Just imagine the level to which politicians are now stooping down to appease the minority for their valuable votes. This is next level of appeasement politics.

But this Trinamool poster is not the first time that the Bengal CM has done so to gain minority votes.

When Mamata Banerjee was the Railway Minister, a railway advertisement was issued in 2010 with a photo of her offering Namaz. This came months before Bengal Polls for the Assembly.

The picture has also come under fire considering the Bangladeshi illegal immigrant problem that the state is bearing.

Furthermore, known for her quick responses to decisions considering nation at large, the Bengal CM has remained silent on the Supreme Court judgment that said Triple Talaq is unconstitutional. This too has not gone down well with her many critiques.

Banerjee, known for her offhand remarks on matters, chose the political strategy of silence. When asked about her view on the Supreme Court’s verdict, she refused to answer the question.

It is quite obvious that the Namaz offering Mamata Banerjee has avoided discussions and controversies on any topic related to minority communities.

One of the five triple talaq petitioners to Supreme Court, Ishrat Jahan, has sought protection for herself and family after intimidation from the neighborhood. She has written to the CM regarding the same. As of yet, there has been no response.

This tight lipped attitude coming from Bengal CM has not gone down well with the public including the Muslim community who stands divided over her stance.

Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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World Police Games: West Bengal Police Constable Sushen Ray Wins Gold Medal in Long Jump in Los Angeles

Sushen Roy, a constable in the Bengal Police, has won gold medal in World Police Games held at Los Angeles

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Sushen Roy, gold medalist in Long Jump. Twitter
  • The city of Los Angeles hosted this year’s World Police Games
  • The West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announced that a police constable from the state had won gold medal in long jump category
  • The constable named Sushen Roy was congratulated by the CM in a Facebook post

Kolkata, August 11, 2017: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced that Bengal police constable Sushen Ray has won the gold medal in long jump in the World Police Games in Los Angeles.

ALSO READ: This Dancing Traffic Man from Kolkata Makes People Smile!

“I am very proud to share with all of you that one of the members of Bengal Police, Constable Sushen Ray has got Gold Medal in World Police Games in Los Angeles, the US in the long jump,” she said on Facebook.

This is a great achievement for Bengal and also Indian police. My heartiest congratulations and best wishes to him,” she added. (IANS)

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Thirteen Crazy Politicians of India Who Have Justified Rape on Women

If only our leaders will perceive the crime as an act of blame, how can we expect the nation to outgrow a divisive thinking?

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December 22, students protest the rising violence against women. Wikimedia Commons

Aug 10, 2017: 

What is the status of women in India? The most prevalent question everyone wants to know owing to the belittlement of Indian women every now and then. Every time an illicit crime is committed, it is the women who are to be blamed brazenly. This blame gaming is not only expressed by our society but by the country’s eminent leaders as well. If only our leaders will perceive the crime as an act of blame, how can we expect the nation to outgrow a divisive thinking?

In the past, the politicians of the country have delivered one deplorable remark after another about women being raped and supported the rape culture brazenly.

Let us look at crazy statements by some of these crazy leaders.

Here are 14 times our country leaders made insulting remarks on Rape 
Mulayam Singh Yadav, ex Chief Minister of UP, “Ladke, ladke hain… galti ho jati hai” (Boys will be boys, they commit mistakes)

 

Yes. Boys will be boys because they have been taught to do so and celebrate their masculinity in every way possible. Till the time we will not hold the males of the society accountable for their licentious acts, we cannot expect the society to grow.

Tapas Pal, Member of Parliament, “If anyone from the opposition or their wives and sisters are here, then listen up, if any one of your people touches anyone from TMC I will destroy you, I will not spare them. I will send my boys and they will rape people.”

Rape for rape? An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, which is a gross advice. Retaliating with the same degree of violence worsens the circumstance.

Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister, “the rape cases are on the rise in the country because men and women interact with each other more freely”

If we acknowledge the rationale stated by her, then there should be no rape attempts on those girls who do not talk or mingle with boys. However, the frightful statistics released by the National Crime Research Bureau (NCRB), cases of incest rapes have increased by 30.7%, from 309 cases in 2008 to 404 cases in 2009.

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Dinesh Reddy, former police chief of Andhra Pradesh , “When you are taking food which gives good josh (energy), you tend to be more naughty as time passes.
I am giving you down-to-earth facts. Rapes are not in the control of the police. Even the villagers from coastal Andhra are wearing salwar-kameez (as against traditional dress). All these things provoke.”

Every person is entitled to wear what he or she may prefer. Rapes happen even in the fully covered attire, such reinforcement of rape culture where the victims are to be blamed for the trepidation perpetrated on them is shameful and should be condemned.

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Former Andhra Pradesh Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana, “Just because India achieved freedom at midnight does not mean that women can venture out after dark. They should ensure that they do not board buses with few passengers.”

First mingling with boys, then fashionable clothes and now denouncing women for venturing in the night, our politicians did not spare a chance to restrict women and holding them guilty for their existence. It’s never about the situation under which rape was committed, it’s about who commits it.

Dharamvir Goyat Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) member,“If we go into the details of rape cases and abductions, it is found that victims and accused in 90% of cases are runaway couples. So the cases are consensual.”

Another slow-witted assessment of such heinous crime. Rape never involves consent, the politician got it all wrong.

Haryana’s former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, “People used to marry their girls to save them from Mughal atrocities and currently a similar situation is arising in the state. I think that’s the reason khap has taken such a decision and I support it.”

Child marriage as a remedy to curtail rape is as futile as the leader who professed it. The statement was disowned across the country and received resentment.

Abu Azmi, Samajwadi Party President on giving solution of rape, “Solution is this: any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn’t be allowed even if a woman goes by consent, 

The comment outrightly highlights misogyny in politics. The barbs flew in thick and sharp against the outrageous statement, the first to refute the statement was the politician’s own son.

Haryana Khap Panchayat leader Jitender Chhatar, “Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance, evoking an urge to indulge in acts such as rape and sex. You also know the impact of chowmein, which is a spicy food, on our body. Hence, our elders too advised eating light and nutritious food.”

This statement too like other was censured amongst the public for blaming chowmein for increasing rapes. A Twitterati commented: It’s funny how no one sees the Liquor stores near every traffic signal and goes on to blame Chowmein in Haryana.

Karnataka’s then Home Minister K J George said, How can you say gangrape? Gangrape means four-five people.

This is another example of the nation’s leader who expressed his views on rape without giving it a thought, which stoked a controversy across the nation. Rape is a rape, what point is the leader trying to prove by offering a definition of gang rape?

Former Chief Minister of MP Babulal Gaur, “This is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong.”

What is a ‘Social Crime’?  It is a popular form of lower class social resistance involving behavior characterized by law as illegal but is supported by wider society as being moral and acceptable. In other words, Rape is a rightful activity according to the politician. The statement is an encouragement to the rapists, which is immoral and unjustified.

Abhijit Mukherjee, son of Pranab Mukherjee said, “These pretty women, dented and painted, who come for protests are not students. I have seen them speak on television, usually, women of this age are not students.”

To criticize the common people who are taking out candle march to solicit justice is untenable and insensitive. The mindset shows the inclination towards the rather than focus on the crisis.

Former Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil, “If I wanted to contest from this seat and become an MLA, I should have committed rape after the elections.”

The comment raised hackles and was viewed as an insult to the women. No wonder it was made in a sarcastic tone with regard to the other politician, crimes like rape is still a matter of high concern and should be dealt with sensitivity.


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