The Book that puts question mark on Death of Netaji Bose

Friday 04 August 2017 2 weeks ago 58   Hyderabad   Print

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Blogger  Kaleem Butt : The official version accepted by Indian regarding the death of their great Independence leader Subash Chander Bose, better known as Netaji is that on 18th August 1945 a plane carrying Netaji and one of his close aides crashed in Taiwan, as it was flying to Japan, Netaji was shifted to a military hospital in critically wounded condition, his body was badly burnt and had a head injury, some hours later he went into coma and then died on that very evening. Netaji was an Indian nationalist leader who had established Azad Hind Fauj or Indian National Army (INA) to liberate India from British Raj, the army was made through Indian war prisoners who were serving the British Raj during World War II, prior to that Netaji was president of Indian National Congress, but he was unable to carry on with Gandhian policy of non-violent struggle as Anuj Dhar writes in his book: “Gandhi and Bose had not hit it off well from the first time they faced each other in Mumbai Mani Bhawan in 1921. The latter had just returned from London having quit the ICS, the best job any youngster could land in those days. For a man who had no experience of public life and was 28 years junior to the biggest phenomenon of Indian politics, Bose had the gumption to tell Gandhi that his plan to make India free was fudgy. Gandhi had the greatness to counsel Bose to get clarity from Chitta Ranjan Das. Over the next two decades or so, most of which was spent in either jails or exile in Europe, Bose differed on several issues with the man he would call the Father of the Nation. He wore his heart on his sleeves throughout over a range of issues—the execution of revolutionary Bhagat Singh, possible dominion status for India, the need for modern industry, intra-party democracy and so on. As in the preceding decades, in 2006, when we made our case before the Central Information Commission, a standard look back at Subhas Chandra Bose climaxed with the breaking point in his relations with the Congress party in 1939. The twice-elected Congress president’s run-in with Mahatma Gandhi was the turning point of the Indian freedom struggle. Bose stood for treating nonviolence and satyagraha as only a means to an end—“to be adjusted and altered, as exigencies and expediency demand”—on the path to swaraj, or complete freedom from the colonial rule. Saint Gandhi, on the other side, would “adhere to that ideal of highest standard of non-violence, even if the pursuit means sacrificing and giving up the political goal of swaraj”.” Netaji parted his ways from the Congress by making a forward block and then traveled to Afghanistan from where he reached Germany to get help of Hitler and Nazis to liberate India, Hitler told him to join hands with Axis powers and Japan became main ally of INA by providing it weapons and war machinery, INA waged war from different fronts against British Raj, especially by attacking from the jungles of Manipur, but INA was unable to succeed, while Japan was badly affected during the WW-II, as America bombed its two cities with nuclear bombs and was unable to support INA further in the war. Bose decided to go to Soviet Russia and ask them to help liberate India, for that he took this flight that crushed in Taiwan. But Anuj Dhar in his book “India s Biggest Cover Up” claims that this theory regarding death of Bose is totally baseless as no plane crash was witnessed on 18th August 1945 in Taiwan and the Congress government carried on with this conspiracy theory. The book was published in 2012 and is spread over 350 pages. Dhar also claims that under Right To Information Act, he asked the government to give him secret documents regarding Netaji, there are some 202 secret documents out of which he was only able to get 91 documents. As Dhar writes: “As conceded by the MHA officials before the Bench that “the decision concerning disclosure has to be taken at the highest level”, in late September-November 2007, Home Minister Shivraj Patil took issue of the 202 records to the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs. The CCPA decided in favour of release because it was felt “the worst that the Congress-led coalition government may have to face was a controversy that would die a natural death”. Despite this so-called “highest-level” decision, out of 202 only 91 exhibits were eventually released by the MHA to us. One paper—a note by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru—remained classified. There was no word about the rest 110—including Home, Foreign ministry records/files; letters from Home Minister, High Commissioner, Taiwan government and Intelligence Bureau Director; a report on the INA treasure said to have been lost along with Bose and a memo from Director of Military Intelligence over Mahatma Gandhi view on the matter. These papers were simply “unavailable”. The difficulty in accepting this skewed explanation was that many of the “unavailable” records contained information against the air crash theory. For instance, not to be found among the released papers was a 1952 “Top Secret” correspondence between then Commissioner for India in Port of Spain and the Foreign Secretary in Delhi. This commissioner was AM Sahay, Subhas Bose wartime diplomatic pointman. Now a Nehru loyalist, Sahay was making revelations that should have made the Government fidgety about Bose death. He characterized the air crash story as a “show” and revealed that he had come to know of Bose “death” probably before it had taken place. “ The book is divided into 12 chapters and each chapter brings up some serious questions and arguments that nullify the official version of death of Netaji, three commissions have been formed to probe the death but it still remains a mystery. There are photographs in the book of Netaji from which it is evident that he lived far many years even announcement of his death. The book put question mark on the entire Independence Struggle of Sub-Continent and it shows how easily history is distorted in Sub-Continent. 02