The West Bengal government went ahead on Friday to declassify around 64 files on freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. 8 DVDs of over 12,000 pages were released at a function that was attended by Bose’s family members in Kolkata.
Many are hoping that the secret files will reveal as to how Netaji died, which has been a mystery for decades.
The files will be transferred to the Kolkata Police Archives, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, adding they will be put on display at the Kolkata Police Museum.
“We want to maintain transparency and accountability. We don’t feel that there is anything related to internal security in the files. Everybody wants to know what happened to Netaji. He was a national icon. We know about his date of birth. We have no idea about his death. People deserve to know about his last day,” she added.
Asked if the state will request the Centre to declassify the files it has in its possession, Mamata had said: “It is for the Centre to decide, but we want the truth about Netaji to come out”.
Many of these files have as many as 300 pages, with handwritten notes on the margins. 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.