Subhas Chandra Bose’s family, still awaiting a response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over declassifying files on the “mystery” surrounding Netaji, has approached the UK asserting it has the relevant documents on him.
Netaji’s grandnephew Surya Kumar Bose, who had met Modi on the issue during his visit to Berlin in April, said he had written to him days after the meeting but is yet to receive any response.
Asked about the Modi government’s approach on the issue, Surya said he was hopeful on securing “closure” to the “mystery” over the issue. “I am hopeful because I think Modi has the guts to do it and I have told him quite frankly that we are ready to face whatever comes out, whether it is positive or negative or whatever it is. We have to face the music. Because we have been asking for it,” he added.
The family has approached the UK government, asserting that it has classified files on him besides Japan and Russia.
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“My sister who has a base in London has approached the British government to declassify the files. They have admitted that they have files. But they have to go through them in detail. They have asked for more time. So, that means they have files on Subhas Bose, which are classified,” Surya told PTI in Berlin.
Bose said the issue is being taken up with governments of Japan and America and that the family was determined to get to the bottom of it notwithstanding whatever comes out of the declassification of the files.
Surya claimed that the governments of Russia, Japan and the United States have information about Netaji and that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had its files open on him till 1985. “I do not think opening up of those files will create issues with any current government. You cannot blame the current government for what had happened in 1945-46,” he said. Surya added that it was “high time” the mystery surrounding Bose is brought to a close.
Asked when the family approached the British authorities, he did not specify but indicated it was approached recently. He said the Indian government must request the foreign governments to share the details about Bose with it.
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