A dirty politics played with the tallest leader of India, Chandra Bose

"a document stamped “most secret”, dated 1946, in the military archives of Paddolosk, near Moscow, which mentioned Stalin and Molotov discussing Bose’s plans — whether he would remain in the USSR or leave," said Dr. Roy.

It was 2017, The Ministry of Home Affairs, India expressed officially in a reply to an RTI application from a Kolkata resident that the government had come to this conclusion after considering the reports of various committees that probed the death of Bose, who, many believed, had not perished in the crash.

The government of India has released a total of 2,324 files Since 1997 and has categorically declared in parliament on March 2, 2016 that there are no more classified ‘Netaji files’ left in its archives. But, On April 26th, 2016, the Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told the Lok Sabha that two out of five Japanese files on Subhas Bose would be declassified by the end of 2016. Yes, Japan did that but three Japanese files on Chandra Bose are still classified.  A valid question must arise in mind, Why does the Japanese government still hold three classified files on Subhas Bose 76 years after his alleged death, while all other countries already have declared that at present they have no classified files related to Netaji.

On March 9, 2017, the then external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj told the parliament with a reply from Japan stating that documents were declassified as per their policies after a prescribed time period based on an internal review mechanism. No exception could be made for India. So, what may be the content of those three files that need to be kept secret even 76 years after the 'constructed plane crash' event associated with the poorly stitched story of Chandra Bose's accidental death.  

The then-defunct Indian Independence League (IIL) in Japan (once led by Mohan Singh and Rash Bihari Bose) conducted their seven-year-long investigation and (published in 1953) revealed that the aircraft crash in which Subhas Chandra Bose had lost his life had not been an accident but an act of sabotage. According to IIL report, "Netaji's plan A was to get dropped somewhere in Assam or Bengal in order to continue with the struggle. In 1944 he had sent a team of Secret Service personnel who worked for a year, setting up bases in several parts of East India. Going to the USSR was his plan B".

IIL also reported, "the Japanese military authorities had earlier been contacted by an Indian leader with a warning that Subhas Bose must not be allowed to come to India". Who was that Indian leader we don't know but according to the former special secretary of India, V Balachandran, "IB played junior partner to MI5 well after 1947" and "Our bureaucracy and IB continued that policy till 1975 when Indira Gandhi admonished them during the annual IB conference, which I attended".

The Government of India under P.V. Narasimha Rao made a formal request to the Russian government in 1991 and in 1995 after demand in Parliament by Forward Bloc MP Chitta Basu. In its response on both occasions, the Russian government said that there is no information confirming that Bose had visited the Soviet Union during or after 1945 in the Central Archival Collection of the Federal Security Service of Russia or the Russian Centre for Retention and Perusal of Documents of Modern History. But, in 1995, a group of scholars from Calcutta’s Asiatic Society, researching in Moscow, found many declassified files that hinted at Bose was very much in the USSR after 1945. One of them was Dr. Purobi Roy, ex. visiting Professor of Moscow State University and St.Petersburg University and well-known international scholars.
When contacted her and asked about the incident, "a document stamped “most secret”, dated 1946, in the military archives of Paddolosk, near Moscow, which mentioned Stalin and Molotov discussing Bose’s plans — whether he would remain in the USSR or leave," said Dr. Roy.

However, till now two commissions and one committee had been set up to resolve the mysterious disappearance of Chandra Bose. Mukherjee commission was set up under the Vajpayee government but 'mysteriously' till the Nation doesn't know what exactly happened to the tallest leader of India and I personally believe people of my country never forgive those who are engaged in this dirty politics and who played politics with Chandra Bose.

Jayanta Guha

Consulting Editor

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