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”.
The state party president alleged that the ruling Trinamool Congress was “indirectly doing politics” by declassifying 64 Netaji files under the state government.
The files also comprise various newspaper reports — mostly in English and Bengali — on the political activities of the family.
Also demanding a probe into the “surveillance of the family”, Netaji’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose maintained that a crucial file, pertaining to Bose’s disappearance, was destroyed in 1972.
Bose had also left a letter addressed to his brother and asked Emilie to take photographs of the same and send copies to (Sarat Chandra Bose) if anything happened to him.
Like most of her actions, Mamata’s decision to release such voluminous documents, about one of India’s most popular icons in history, is unilateral.