Netaji SC Bose files: Here is what we know so far

The timing of Netaji files being release bears a political significance as West Bengal goes to polls later this year.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 23, 2016 4:21 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday unveiled 100 declassified documents on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at the National Archives of India. The documents are still not available in the public domain, but the NAI is expected to release around 25 digitised copies every month.

The timing of the release assumes political significance as West Bengal goes to polls later this year. The Mamata Banerjee government has already made 64 documents public last year and requested the Centre to do the same. These 64 documents, running into more than 12,000 pages, revealed that Subhash Chandra Bose’s family was snooped for nearly a decade by the Nehru government after his disappearance. The documents also show that the British suspected Bose was still alive after his plane crashed in Taipei.

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Here is what we know so far:

# Netaji Bose’s cremation records appear online

A UK website has released the evidence given by a Taiwanese official who claimed to have prepared Netaji’s body for cremation after his death in a plane crash in 1945. The testimony, contained in UK Foreign Office file No FC1852/6 and dating back to 1956, is among the last few documents to be released by http://www.bosefiles.info set up to establish that the Indian freedom fighter died in the crash on the outskirts of an airfield in Taipei on August 18, 1945. READ MORE

# British believed Netaji was alive

The British intelligence were skeptical over reports of Netaji’s death in Taipei. They believed that he was still alive and living in either China or Russia. The British arrived at this conclusion after no strong evidence had emerged of his death after his plane had crashed. READ MORE

# West Bengal probed if Subhas Chandra Bose missed the flight

In 1969, Member of Parliament Samar Guha wrote to the then West Bengal chief secretary M M Basu about a “sensational report” of Netaji’s survival. Based on the letter, Basu had directed the state government’s home secretary to conduct a probe into the claims.

The report Guha refers to an article that appeared in Jugantar which claims that a police officer had seen Netaji board a submarine in Singapore, not a plane, along with two Japanese officers. The officer went on to say that Netaji left his sword with him before leaving Singapore. READ MORE

# Netaji files reveal snooping on Subhas Chandra Bose’s family, doubts over death

The West Bengal state intelligence has regularly intercepted letters reaching members of Netaji’s family after he went missing in 1945. Documents released last year show the contents of a letter from a Swiss journalist Dr Lilly Abegg to Netaji’s brother Sarat Chandra Bose. Abegg wrote: ““I heard in 1946 from Japanese sources that your brother is still living.” READ MORE

# Netaji’s wife kept in touch with his family even after disappearance

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose saw his daughter Anita only once, when she was four weeks old. He was about to pay another visit to her in Vienna in 1943, but his “sudden departure” prevented this. The 64 files made public by the West Bengal government on Friday showed that while Bose never returned to Europe to his daughter and wife Emilie Schenkl, they continued to write to Netaji’s family after his disappearance. READ MORE

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    Fukki.Leaks
    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:59 pm
    Here is what you know so far: a bucket full of BS!
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      Pure.brahmin
      Jan 23, 2016 at 8:02 pm
      Netaji was first a brahmin only then he was a Indian. It is not because he fought for India that I respect him. It is because he was a Brahmin that I respect him. Kai brahminism!!!
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        Prasanta Garai
        Aug 15, 2016 at 2:07 pm
        if new news will come please inform me in my email..thanks all
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          US NRI
          Jan 23, 2016 at 6:40 pm
          I don't see anything startling..either modi govt just wanted the credit or Congress govt during their rule destro all important docs. In any case Mamata had been in power for the longest times. Why did she hurried last year to release Bose files? Because then modi would have got credit.
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            US NRI
            Jan 23, 2016 at 6:51 pm
            No shocking revelations! If files worth billions of rupees corruption can be lost in 90s and till today? Why can't an important file be lost during 60s that could have repercussions for decades to come to save a sole important party?
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              Fight.for.freedom
              Jan 23, 2016 at 12:48 pm
              See Bengal people, India has betra one of your sons and thereby you all! What are you going to do?
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                Ashraf Khaleel
                Jan 23, 2016 at 11:33 am
                All politician are Rouges they only how to divide and rule
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                  rhambo
                  Feb 8, 2016 at 9:29 pm
                  Both hi and Nehru disliked Bose a true patriot. That has never been a secret
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                    rhambo
                    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:28 pm
                    Roumur mills have it that both Nehru and hi have a hand in the disappearance of Bose. That is the reason the Govt was hiding the papers though it wasnt even affecting national security. To protect these names, govt were hiding the papers
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                      Karunakaran
                      Jan 23, 2016 at 9:55 pm
                      About 200 million Dalits will be voting against the BJP and the selfie-hunting joker at the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019. BJP was super lucky to receive 31% votes at the last Lok Sabha elections. At the next Lok Sabha election, BJP cannot get more than about 15% of the votes. No Muslim votes. No Dalit votes. No South India votes. No Delhi votes. No Bihar votes. And believe it or not, hardly any Gujarat votes! So get ready for Mr Nitish Kumar to be the next PM.
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                        death
                        Jan 23, 2016 at 2:05 pm
                        this is india .... impossible is nothing ... kuch bhi hota hai idar ... as usual ... no surprises
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                          din
                          Jan 23, 2016 at 3:58 pm
                          TRUE congressi and Rahuls son, Bengal will be happy to know who betraied them Congress or Nehru they are People of bangal are far claver and Claver - This is what congress is doing Communal communal and Communal divide
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                            Dipam Halder
                            Jan 23, 2016 at 3:31 pm
                            We are respected netaji for you is a national freedom fighter. I wanted netaji file come out.that set.
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                              dv1936
                              Jan 23, 2016 at 12:46 pm
                              I have always felt that if Neta ji had lived on India would not have been divided. May his noble soul rest I leave.
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                                dv1936
                                Jan 23, 2016 at 1:15 pm
                                Now you want to destroy Bengal
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                                  Hari Goyal
                                  Jan 23, 2016 at 8:44 pm
                                  You are pure stupid.
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                                    Ravi
                                    Jan 23, 2016 at 1:57 pm
                                    The Congress and Nehru family Ant-Indians.wine,wealth and woman was their policy. Why did they spy and hide-shameless guys now defend
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                                      Jayesh Thoppil
                                      Jan 24, 2016 at 8:14 am
                                      Oh! here is the w dealer of Dalits and Muslims!!!
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                                        babu
                                        Jan 23, 2016 at 11:15 am
                                        Rss woked as british informers against hindus .rss was against freedom movement they did every thing to block freedom from british even they staged first hindu muslim right for their British master
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                                          Rajesh Mohanty
                                          Jan 23, 2016 at 8:05 pm
                                          Good that PM Modi has refrained from taking political advantage from released files. It might have yielded some short term gains for BJP in Bengal elections but truth will eventually surface up and sear our relations with International powers. Only our hardcore BJP morons will be interested to derive political mileage from these files!
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                                            Mohan
                                            Jan 23, 2016 at 12:38 pm
                                            Remember Justice Katju had said he considers MKG etc a stooge of the British. There is some substance in his statement. The non- violent movement of MKG and co was a tamasha which went on from 1920 when MKG took over the COngress and continued for 27 years and would have continued even further but for Hitler and WW II -- that left the British empire devastated militarily and financially. It was in this weak moment of the Empire that Indian Navymen had held captive British officers at the Bombay docks in Feb 1946 -- which told the British in clear terms their India days were over. If you want further details I shall be glad to provide just comment here
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