Over 217 files, more than 70,000 pages and the biggest mystery revolving around the world - Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's death. This mystery has haunted all of us and especially our country since the pre-independence era.
It is the mystery surrounding, or to be more precise, a mystery shrouding Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's disappearance and subsequent death.
Today, the focus is back on Netaji as India is observing Bose's death anniversary. It's been over 75 years, but still the country has no clue how Netaji actually died.
Bose's family and the country are still fighting to know the real cause of his death, but it seems that Congress have accepted the 'Taiwan plane crash' theory.
Congress, remembering Netaji's so-called 'death anniversary' today, tweeted an image of Bose mentioning August 18, 1945, as the date of his demise. “We pay tribute to the hero of Indian Independence Movement Shri Subhas Chandra Bose. A valiant freedom fighter, a defiant patriot, and a proud son of India. His contribution to the nation will be remembered and honoured till the end of time,”
However, TMC in no time refuted and slammed the party, writing, "Strongly object to this tweet. This date of death is not proved. Both Congress and BJP government didn't try to find out the real facts regarding the last moments of Netaji. Don't play with the emotions of Bengal and India. First, prove the death. Publish the classified files.”
On the other hand, months ahead of West Bengal Assembly elections, BJP MP of Uttar Pradesh's Unnao, made a controversial statement claiming that Congress got Subhash Chandra Bose killed.
He had said, "My allegation is that Congress got Subhas Chandra Bose killed....neither Mahatma Gandhi nor Pandit Nehru could stand in front of his popularity."
Moreover, just years after Netaji's demise controversy, Jawaharlal Nehru's sister Vijayalakshmi Pandit, who was then India's ambassador to the Soviet Union, after her visit to Russia, in a press meet had said, "I met a great person in Russia. It would electrify India and the resultant happiness would be greater than what the people had experienced on 15th August 1947," but before she could complete, Pandit Nehru stopped her.
It is noteworthy to mention that Netaji once wrote a letter to his nephew Amiya Nath Bose in 1939, saying that "Nobody has done more harm to me, than Jawaharlal Nehru." The two claimants to Mahatma Gandhi's political legacy split when he chose Nehru over Subhas Bose as his political successor because he was uncomfortable with the latter's push for complete independence.
The debate doesn't end here. Coming to the facts, which clearly states that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was still alive after 1945, are raising numerous questions till date.
If Netaji did die in a plane crash in 1945, so why was his family and home still getting spied on by the Nehru-led government for 20 years after the tragic incident?
Why has there been no DNA testing on Subhas Babu's remains? And many more such questions which are still avoided by our government seek answers.
It was 1945, when India received a shocking news - Subhas Chandra Bose died, due to a plane crash.
However, the surprising part is, when media all over from the world reached the hospital, where Netaji allegedly breathed his last, for an on ground reporting, all were denied entry to the premises. And the most suspicious fact is that Netaji's death certificate was never made.
Yes, according to the Mukherjee Commission, led by Justice Manoj Kumar Mukherjee to inquire into the death of Bose, the death certificate was of Japanese soldier Ichiro Okura. Mukherjee also claimed that the so-called ashes reserved in the Renkoji Temple, are not of Bose, but the same Japanese soldier.
Not only this, when Mukherjee Commission continued their research and landed in Taiwan, the country clearly mentioned that no plane crash took place in the entire state, in August 1945.
People still believe that Netaji was in Russia for several years and till 1985 many government officials knew about his presence.
These facts become more believable, when a picture clicked in 1966 claim of Netaji's presence
A forensic face-mapping report of the photo by a British expert suggests that Netaji might have been present at the Indo-Pak peace talks in Tashkent in 1966, where Lal Bahadur Shastri was also present.
Chandra Kumar Bose, a BJP leader and one of the grand nephews of Netaji also claimed that Shastri, after his Tashkent visit, told him that has "met somebody of importance in the Soviet Union and he would come and disclose what he has seen," said Bose's grandnephew.
However, before the revelation could happen, on the night of 11 January 1966, there was sudden news that he had died of a heart attack. However, the mystery regarding his suspicious death remains to date, just like Netaji's.
There are many such facts and theories wrapped in hundreds of files which can actually solve Netaji's death mystery, but it seems that the government still doesn't want us to know the truth, maybe just not to ruin their relation with other countries. But, with this, it is fair to blame the Government of India for deliberate suppression of facts and information from 1945 onwards till today. For destruction of files and for making them missing which contained relevant information, material information on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his disappearance or, as the Government contends, his so-called death.