There was uproar in social media over Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s missing cap from the Red Fort museum, found at Victoria Museum along with two dozen artefacts.
The rare personal belonging was gifted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the Bose family. In 2019, Modi had himself placed the distinctive triangular cap on a display unit at the Subash Chandra Bose museum while inaugurating it.
On this issue the Ministry of Culture Sunday released statement “The Ministry of Culture has clarified that the news appearing in the media about the missing artefacts of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is completely untrue. The Ministry has said that an exhibition was inaugurated at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata on 23rd January this year to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose where these artefacts were displayed. These artefacts were loaned from Red Fort Museum by ASI to Victoria Memorial after following a proper procedure in which a formal MoU was signed between the two organisations.”
ASI has given 24 items related to Netaji on loan to Victoria Memorial Kolkata. Those are being brought back soon. The Ministry of Culture said the transfer of exhibits was a regular procedure and all formalities were taken care of.
Chandra Kumar Bose, the grandnephew of Netaji, expressed displeasure that the late freedom fighter’s cap had been “transferred to another place it was not meant to be at”. He tweeted: “#NetajisCapMissing Bose family had handed over #Netaji’s historic cap to Hon’ble PM-Shri @narendramodi ji to be kept at #RedFort Museum ¬ to be shifted around.Request Narendra Modiji to instruct placing cap in its original place.”