New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday said the Narendra Modi government’s decision to declassify the first set of 100 files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was an “attempt to deflect attention from the miserable failure on all fronts”.
Addressing a press conference here, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said the Congress never tried to suppress the truth on Bose as was being alleged.
When the government decided to declassify the files on Netaji we had said that all files and documents related to him must be declassified as it would clear controversies related to the issue of his death,
On being asked that some of the distant relatives of Bose had raised doubts over Congress’ intention to declassify files on him when the party was in power, Sharma referred to Subhas Chandra Bose’s daughter Anita Puff’s statement regarding this issue
We don’t want to enter into any debate with any distant relative. We respect what has been said by his own daughter (on the issue)
He also advised the media be “careful” as fabricated and forged documents could be used to “sensationalize and to defame one of India’s greatest sons”.
Netaji file is all about 41 files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose between 1953 and 2000
One of the Netaji files says that Jawahar Lall Nehru was at a cross with the government who uses the money of INA to fund the holiday trips of the government officials
Nehru’s efforts succeeded when Humayun Kabir was in the educational ministry as he fixed a cap on all the trips of Rs. 3000 for a trip extending to 30 days
Netaji files, a topic had gained much momentum in the past few months. Netaji file is all about 41 files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose between 1953 and 2000. This file not only deal with Netaji but also with our first PM Jawahar Lal Nehru.
A recent file under Netaji file showed that Jawahar Lal Nehru was ready to share the funds of INA with Pakistan. But from the various notes found in Netaji files, Nehru was eager to use the money in the fund to promote education.
One of the Netaji files says that Jawahar Lall Nehru was at cross with the government who uses the money of INA to fund the holiday trips of the government officials. He wanted the account of every penny. This habit of bureaucracy was adopted by him earlier.
Nehru in a file with file number 23 (156)/ 51-PM which is present in Prime Minister’s Secretariat wrote, “I do not understand the way these so-called deputations are organised. Every holiday trip is treated as a deputation on business and the normal daily allowances and other charges are given. I do not think this is at all proper.”
The sarcastic notes signed by him are found in Netaji files prove that he opposed the policy of government to use the funds to mask the official trips, which is prevalent now days also. Nehru urged that they should use the money acquired under INA and the Indian Independence League to give scholarships to Indian students.
Nehru was addressing the fund of more than 10 lakhs that various embassies presented in South East countries take advantage of. He was disappointed with the the Ministry of External Affairs and Education for using the fund of INA for sending government officials to different countries to give lectures.
Nehru in a note dated 27th August 1953 wrote, “I do not myself understand the particular advantage of some scholar from India going to Bangkok every year. There are many other ways in which we could have utilised this money to better advantage, for instance in giving scholarships to students…”
Nehru’s efforts succeeded when Humayun Kabir was in the educational ministry. He fixed a cap on all the trips of Rs. 3000 for a trip extending to 30 days. A committee was also made for the pick the Indian Students in Thailand and Singapore for scholarships.