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The Indian Overseas Congress (IOC) in London, affiliated to the Indian National Congress, has urged the government of India to carry out a DNA test on Subhas Chandra Bose’s mortal remains, kept in an urn at Renkoji Temple in Tokyo.

This request comes so as to scientifically establish that the remains kept in the Japanese temple are actually those of Bose.

Writing to Indian High Commissioner in Britain Ranjan Mathai, IOC president D.L. Kalhan, said: “Today the 18 August marks the 70th anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s reported death in Taiwan following a plane crash.

“However, till date his mortal remains, said to be kept at Renkoji Temple in Tokyo, have not been returned to India.”

“The Indian Overseas Congress hereby requests the Government of India to urgently carry out a DNA test on the remains to determine once and for all whether they are his or not and put the uncertainty to rest,” he added.

2015-08-18_2254Bose, one of the most popular figures of the Indian freedom movement, was twice elected president of the Indian National Congress.

The IOC’s intervention comes at a time when there are reports that Bose’s only child Anita Pfaff, who lives in Germany, is keen on closure of the matter. Her views are obviously paramount on the subject.

A section of Bose’s nephews and nieces and other relatives and followers have strenuously refused to accept that he died after an air tragedy on August 18, 1945; and have thereby created a hurdle in the path of the Indian government acting on the issue.

Both — the Japanese doctor, Taneyoshi Yoshimi, who treated Bose after he suffered third degree burns, in a Japanese Army field hospital in Taipei and declared him dead, and his ADC Colonel Habibur Rahman, who survived the crash and saw him pass away — testified under oath to confirm what had happened.

With DNA technology having advanced by leaps and bounds, the Britain-based experts who were involved in DNA tests which identified the buried remains of Czar Nicholas II, Czarina Alexandra and daughter Anastasia 74 years after they were killed, told RAY it may be possible to conduct tests on bone particles or teeth which are reportedly in Bose’s remains in addition to ashes.

(IANS/RAY)

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All You Need To Know About The Rafale Deal Controversy

The fiasco that Congress is creating on the Rafale Deal is certainly not fair

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Rafale Deal is very important for both the countries involved i.e. India and France.
Rafale Deal is very important for both the countries involved i.e. India and France.

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Rafale Deal happened between India and France
  • The Rafale Deal is about the Rafale fighter jets
  • The deal is getting into controversies because of the allegations de by the opposition, especially Congress

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2015 made the announcement that India will buy 36 French-manufactured Rafale fighter jets from Dassault, a French aircraft builder and integrator. This came to be known as Rafale Deal.

The Rafale deal of 36 Rafale aircrafts between India and France was called a “win-win partnership” for both the countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi finalised the Rafale Deal during his visit to France in 2015. (FILE PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi finalised the Rafale Deal during his visit to France in 2015. (FILE PHOTO)

But recently it has come under attack of the Opposition, mainly the Indian National Congress, which has alleged that there have been irregularities in this deal and its proceedings. However, the government has denied and rejected all the charges.

The Rafale Deal is nothing new and was also signed during the time of UPA government. The first time it came to light was during the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee where the original proposal was to buy 126 fighter jets.

After tests and negotiations in 2012, Rafale was considered L-1 bidder and negotiations started which only came to a conclusion as the Rafale Deal in 2015 under Prime Minister Modi’s government.

NDA government has got a better price on the Rafale Deal than the UPA governement.
NDA government has got a better price on the Rafale Deal than the UPA government.

Now the UPA alleging irregularities on NDA government doesn’t seem fair to many because no deal took place under their government. The transfer of technology was a primary issue of concern between the two sides. Dassault Aviation also tried to deny to take the responsibility of quality control of the production of 108 aircraft in India. The Dassault provided for 3 crore man-hours for production of the Rafale jets in India, HAL’s estimate was approximately 3 times higher which resulted in an escalation of costs in the manifold.

Also Read: Make in India: France to set up production centers for Rafale fighters

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to France in 2015 helped bring this deal to a final conclusion. The government-to-government deal of 36 jets was to completed as soon as possible.

On costs of the Rafale Deal, NDA government has said that it got better terms than those quoted in the original bid under the UPA government. The total savings are reported to be of more than 1600 million Euros. However, the cost breakdown of Rafale Deal in the original bid under UPA government and in the 36 aircraft in the NDA’s government-to-government deal is not available for the public domain.

The Rafale Deal involves no private party from the side of India. www.worldwide-military.com
The Rafale Deal involves no private party from the side of India. www.worldwide-military.com

Under the current agreement, the  Rafale Deals support the ‘Make In India’ initiative of the Indian Government through the IGA’s Article 12. It states that France will facilitate the implementation of ‘Make In India’. These critical design technologies were already discussed between the two governments in previous meetings. The present Rafale Deal is signed between two sovereign governments and there is no private individual, firm or entity involved in the process from the side of India. The procurement process also does not include any private company or firm from India.

Also Read: IAF’s Rafale Deal with France: India confirms order

The fiasco that Congress is creating on the Rafale Deal is certainly not fair as the NDA government has proved that their deal is better than the one which was undertaken during the UPA government.