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Kolkata: The West Bengal Government’s declassified files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose contain letters supporting the theory that he was alive after 1945 and that his family was snooped upon, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

“There are intercepts. I have seen the documents and it is clear from them that the family of Netaji was spied upon,” she told the media here.

On the snooping, she said it was “unfortunate” that even after India’s independence, Netaji did not get due honour.

In addition, she said, some letters said he was alive after his “disappearance”.

“There are certain letters where many have said that he was alive after 1945,” the chief minister said.

The digitised version of the declassified 64 files was made available in a set of seven DVDs. The original files are housed at the Calcutta Police Museum. The files will be accessible to the public from Monday on a first-come-first-served basis.

“Each and every page is important. Historians and researchers must study these files minutely. We must know the truth about the great, brave son of the soil,” Banerjee added.

The Trinamool Congress supremo said the central government should also declassify the files in its possession.

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“The truth should come out. If there is nothing to hide, why is the Centre not declassifying (the files)?” she asked.

“You cannot suppress the truth. Let the truth come out. It will come out today or tomorrow.”

Quizzed on whether the declassification of files by the Centre could affect bilateral relations with some countries, she countered: “Why would relations with other countries be spoiled if we honour our great icons who fought for our freedom? Now, we have got independence.”

Banerjee said that before declassifying the files, the state government has seen that “internationally nothing will happen. If we have bilateral relation with a country, it is necessary to review it”.

Further, she asserted that law and order problems were unlikely to arise due to the declassification and if at all such problems surface, the state government was ready to tackle them.

An August 22, 1945, Tokyo Radio announced the ‘death’ of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in an air crash in Formosa (now Taiwan) on August 18, 1945, en route to Japan.

But the crash theory has been rejected by scores of Netaji’s followers and admirers and claims of the revolutionary leader resurfacing continue to intrigue and divide Indians over the years.

Recently declassified files of the union home ministry revealed that the family of Netaji was placed under intensive surveillance from 1948 to 1968 by the central government.

The country had three Congress prime ministers during these 20 years – Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi.

(IANS)

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Our leaders’ Anger Against Jai Shri Ram may Burn Hindu Culture to Ashes

Mamata’s hands are stained with the blood. Her regime witnessed n-number of violent massacres. She is responsible for ruining countless households. She is also responsible for breaking the hearts of innumerable women who have become widows, and their children orphans

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The Bengal CM had immediately stopped her car and got down to scold the people around who had chanted “Jai Shri Ram”.

By Salil Gewali

If a leader loses his cool at the drop of the head than he is not a real leader. Anger and leadership scarcely go together. The recent number of video clips that went viral has further dented the credibility of the Bengal Chief Minister. It all looks like a comical drama of fury, and obviously unbecoming of any leaders. What is awfully disgusting is that a phrase dedicated to God could bring out a load of nasty abuses!

The Bengal CM had immediately stopped her car and got down to scold the people around who had chanted “Jai Shri Ram”. She did not hold back to arrest them. One wonders how sane citizens of India look at this. Could Bengal CM do the same with people from other faiths? Muslim community offer their NAMAZ on the roads blocking the public and the vehicular movement. Mamata has never uttered a whimper against this, much less taking a legal action. Mamata’s Bengal is literally an epitome of “discrimination and injustice”. Well, it is not proper to provoke anyone. But why on earth does Bengal CM get so easily provoked when she herself has “provoked” the majority of the natives in the state?

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Mamta Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal. Wikimedia Commons

The natives of Bengal have reacted by screaming “Jai Shri Ram” out of their sheer frustration – which is their way of expressing their pent-up anger towards the maverick CM. The present Lok Sabha election result has made the people a little bolder. It has also become quite obvious how the native Bengali detest Mamata’s misrule. Needless to say, Mamata’s hands are stained with the blood. Her regime witnessed n-number of violent massacres. She is responsible for ruining countless households. She is also responsible for breaking the hearts of innumerable women who have become widows, and their children orphans. The ground reality and the condition of those bereaved families are inexplicably pathetic. Practically no one to support them. One TMC MP – Subhasish Chakraborty has further instructed his party people not to allow Hindus to vote in future.

Is Bengal Chief Minister truly aware of the meaning and intention of this sacred phrase?  The literary translation of “Jai Shri Ram” is — Jai – victoryShri – riches of the material world,Ram – riches of the spiritual world which essentially means –  bliss. For a spiritual seeker, it is highly recommended to chant in order to dispel the fear, material anxiety and be free from the worldly faults, which is intended to overcome the cycle of births and deaths. The final purpose being the mergence with the Almighty. As God cannot be “separated” from our moment to moment action, apart from chanting in meditation, it is also prescribed to use while greeting others too.  The more, the merrier.

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The literary translation of “Jai Shri Ram” is — Jai – victory, Shri – riches of the material world, Ram – riches of the spiritual world which essentially means – bliss. Wikimedia Commons

Is it not a grand idea, much bigger, much profound than what we can ever think of? Nothing could be so disgraceful than the fact that most of the “pearls of wisdom” of ancient India have been purposely distorted or misinterpreted, or even portrayed with the wrong descriptions by some vested interest. Therefore, now in the mainstream anything connected with ancient India and the culture is seen with contempt.

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On the other hand, why does this sacred Hindu phrase of holy name set off the anger of the head of the state? Being the Chief Minister and showing direct contempt for particular faith only has only sent out the wrong message.  It’s totally unwarranted, it’s unconstitutional and spiritually sinful too. Why are the custodians of the constitution silent and not taking any step? Does it not amount to the full acceptance of the brutish “might is right” of the olden days — which is prevalent now Bengal? Why is the democracy not in danger now?  One is afraid, how much bloodshed and the terror to roar before the Centre take the decisive action. No CM should take the native and its culture hostage and live off the country’s resources.  Mind out, our leaders’ anger against ‘Jai Shri Ram’ or ‘Sabarimala’…. may burn Hindu culture to ashes.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali