Organisers which include family members and ‘Open Platform for Netaji’ say they will go ahead with the rally even without permission.
The Panchayat officials were to hoist a flag on the eve of Independence Day and the Netaji statue was be installed in the Panchra village panchayat office compound during the Independence Day function. The staff informed the police about the vandalism.
The soldier in Indian social consciousness has evolved — from being looked upon as a member of a colonial army to the last word on patriotism.
A Paris-based historian, J B P More, has claimed that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose did not die in the air crash of August 18, 1945. More has based his theory on an old French secret service report dated December 11, 1947 found at the National Archives of France.
The controversy was triggered by a reply from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to an RTI application filed by a Kolkata resident.
Despite the political rush to declassify Netaji files – the Centre has so far declassified 175 files and the West Bengal government 64.
Bosefiles.info released what it describes as a “secret” intra-government letter, which confirms rejection of the Mukherjee Commission’s findings that Netaji may not have died in a plane crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told Lok Sabha that these five files, which are with Japan, could be “crucial” to resolve the mystery over the fate of Bose.
He explained: “Had Netaji been alive, he wouldn’t have allowed any member of his family to be in politics. So particular was he about not showing favouritism.”
Chandra Kumar Bose joined the BJP in poll-bound West Bengal in the presence of party president Amit Shah at a public rally addressed by the latter in Howrah.
The declassified files were released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the occasion of Bose’s birth anniversary, at the National Archives Saturday. Bose’s family members were present on the occasion.
On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji, the Prime Minister will release the digital copies of these files in public domain,” an official release said today.
“The previous Congress governments didn’t take steps to unravel the mystery of Netaji’s disappearance. We know his birthday but we don’t know what happened to him,” Singh said.
Speaking to Karan Thapar on India Today’s Nothing But The Truth, Ray said two doctors, a nurse, an interpreter and Bose’s aide-de-camp Colonel Habibur Rehman have given eyewitness accounts of his last moments.
Anita, who is based in Germany, said she expected the files, both of the Indian and the foreign governments, to reveal “a wide range of information — from smaller insignificant facts of interest to some rather surprising facts”.