Nothing New In The Declassified Files

netajiNo new light was thrown on the mysterious disappearance and death in the declassified files of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 119th birth anniversary. There are three popular theories about the death of Bose. The first one is his death in a plane crash at Taihoku, the second one being his death in a Siberian camp and the third and final is that Bose escaped from Russia as an ascetic and settled down as Gumnami baba, whose possessions are with a local government treasury now. The declassified files confirmed none of the three theories. The prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru in a letter addressed to Netaji’s brother Suresh Chandra Bose said that Netaji died in the plane crash on August 18, 1945 but he could not furnish any evidence for it. Efforts were made to bring Netaji’s supposed ashes preserved in a Buddhist temple in Tokyo to India. A cabinet note was prepared on February 6, 1995, signed by the Home secretary Padnabhaiah to facilitate the transfer of the ashes from Japan to India. But the government shirked due to tough opposition from Bose family. Earlier, prime minister Indira Gandhi also tried to bring back the ashes to make her government look heroic soon after emergency. But Bose daughter Anita Bose pfaff strongly opposed. Even Bose wife Emilie Schenkl when alive, refused to believe that her husband died in the supposed plane crash. Incidentally, the Taiwanese government maintains that no plane crash had taken place on the said date and hence no possibility of Bose being killed in the accident. The Taiwanese government conveyed the same to Hindustan Times which investigated into Bose death.

Medaram Jathara

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