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The West Bengal government declassified 64 files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:September 19, 2015 10:45 am
Krishna Bose, former TMC MP and family member of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose along with other relatives visit the Netaji Files at Calcutta Police Museum after it's open on Friday. Express photo by Subham Dutta.18.09.15 The confidential files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at the Kolkata Police Museum (Express photo by Subham Dutta.18.09.15)

On Friday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declassified 64 files related to freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose and released them to the public. The files, comprising almost 12,000 pages, were first released to Netaji’s family and then to journalists and the public. The files are also on display at the Kolkata Police Museum and will be digitised soon, the chief minister said.

Among these files are personal correspondences between Netaji and his elder brother Sarat Chandra Bose, the British intelligence’s analysis of Netaji’s speeches at various public meetings and invitations given to him to attend various functions.

#1 Netaji files reveal snooping on Bose family, doubts over death

The files not only raise questions over his death in a plane crash in 1945 in Taipei, but also reveal the extent of surveillance his family was put under. Spread across the files are various references to Netaji “being alive”.

For instance, in 1949, the state intelligence intercepted a letter written by Swiss journalist Dr Lilly Abegg to Netaji’s brother Sarat Chandra Bose. In it, Abegg said, “I heard in 1946 from Japanese sources that your brother is still living.”

netaji files, netaji subhas chandra bose, netaji documents, netaji death, Subhash Chandra Bose, subhas chandra bose death, mamata banerjee 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.

#2 Emilie kept in touch with Netaji’s family even after disappearance

The files show 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. An intercept, recorded in the Calcutta Police Security Control’s Weekly Survey — dated May 4, 1946 — refers to Schenkl as a person who “claims to be the widow of Subhas Chandra Bose”.

It added that she “joined Subhas Bose in Berlin in April 1941 and remained with him until the autumn of 1942… Bose proposed to her and they were married in January 1942. On November 29, 1942, a daughter was born… Emilie Schenkl returned to Vienna from Berlin in September so as to avoid talk…”

netaji files, netaji subhash chandra bose, netaji documents, netaji death, subhash chandra bose death, mamata banerjee The files declassified on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Kolkata (Photo by Shubham Dutta)

#3 Netaji’s family wants govt to speak to Russia, Britain

While welcoming the Bengal government’s decision to declassify 64 files pertaining to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the relatives of the nationalist leader said they hoped the Centre too would make public similar documents in their possession.

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. “According to the information, the file relates to the disappearance of Netaji,” he said.

Kolkata:  West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee & Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Purkayastha at the release of the confidential files on Netaji at Kolkata Police Museum in Kolkata on Friday. PTI Photo (PTI9_18_2015_000128B) *** Local Caption *** Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee & Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Purkayastha at the release of the confidential files on Netaji at Kolkata Police Museum in Kolkata on Friday. PTI Photo (PTI9_18_2015_000128B) *** Local Caption ***

#4 It’s your turn now, Mamata tells Centre

Reiterating that it was high time the mystery surrounding Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s last days was solved, CM Mamata Banerjee urged the Centre to declassify the files on the nationalist leader in its possession.

“It has been 70 years and it is extremely unfortunate that mystery still shrouds the life of one of India’s biggest national heroes and freedom fighter. The truth must come out now. It will come out. How long will the central government keep the files hidden?” Mamata asked.

 

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    amy yadav
    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:24 am
    Jai hind
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      Rohit Sarkar
      Jan 29, 2016 at 3:56 am
      Hi I'm rohit i know nata ji die 1945 not nata ji die nataji die in 1980 to1985 . Nata ji not marrad India government politics nata ji alive in all India hart .
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        Aditya
        Sep 19, 2015 at 6:47 pm
        Netaji files: The stories you must read today. My Heartfelt Thanks & Salute To The West Bengal Govt. For Releasing NETAJI'S FILES For The Public, My Humbie Request To Bengal Govt. That Please Try To Publish Netaji's Files In Social Network.
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          Biswarup Pramanik
          Sep 20, 2015 at 10:57 am
          Netaji files: The stories you must read today. My Heartfelt Thanks & Salute To The West Bengal Govt. For Releasing NETAJI'S FILES For The Public, My Humbie Request To Bengal Govt. That Please Try To Publish Netaji's Files In Social Network.
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            sainath borra
            Sep 19, 2015 at 11:48 am
            it is a good job done by the west Bengal government
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              deekaychan
              Sep 22, 2015 at 9:50 pm
              Are these all the files on Netaji that the West Bengal Government could made public or are there some more left for posterity to decide publication?
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                Moti Chand Das
                Sep 19, 2015 at 11:49 am
                Netaji files: The stories you must read today -Pls Scan it & Publish for the Public Domain .Let the Public know the truth .
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                  P N
                  Sep 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm
                  All files may be scanned and known to public by website It is great job under didi,s resolution.Truth can not be hide.One day it will come out. Files,may not help much.The real story must have been buried or destro. Both British,and congress led Govt wants to keep in cold storage.So that he is forgotten. All efforts are done long back to destroy INA presence,files ,so that public will forget his (netaji) sooner than later.
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