West Bengal government on Friday declassified 64 files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The files were handed to the family members first and also kept on display in a police museum in Kolkata.
West Bengal Government to declassify 64 files related to Subhas Chandra Bose
BREAKING News : West Bengal government declassifies 64 files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. After a 70 year long wait, CM Mamata Banerjee – led West Bengal government on Friday revealed 64 files to public on freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, to unveil the mystery about his disappearance. The digitised version about the 64 files were made available in a set of 7 DVDs. However, the original files are located at the Kolkata Police Museum. The file consists of 12,744 pages which are made available to researchers and scholars. CM Mamata Banerjee announced that their government took a decision to declassify 64 files on Bose, saying the mystery surrounding his disappearance needs to be put to rest.
Mystery about Netaji
The questions have been haunting, agitating and engaging Indians, in particular Bengalis, for 70 years, but the mystery endures, said an India Today report. A section of Netaji’s descendants, including his daughter Anita Pfaff, as also some Indian National Army (INA) veterans, hold that the revolutionary leader perished in the accident and his ashes have been interred at Tokyo’s Renkoji temple, said India Today. During her visit to Kolkata in 2013, Pfaff said she was convinced that he died when the Mitsubishi Ki-21 Japanese heavy bomber Netaji boarded at Saigon with his close aide Col.
Said n’th time. True HEROES of “India Independence” is not GANDHI (he failed in 1944) it was Netaji and “Indian National Army” #NetajiFiles
— #GauravPradhan (@DrGPradhan) September 18, 2015
India Government made three attempts to unviel the mystery
The Indian government made three attempts to unravel the mystery by constituting probe panels – Shah Nawaz Khan Committee (1956), GD Khosla Committee (1970) and the Justice MK Mukehrjee Commission which submitted its report in 2006 – have only fuelled the debate. While the first two panels concluded Bose perished in the Taipei crash, the Mukherjee Commission debunked the theory, reported India Today.
The controversies about Netaji are created in a political environment – Sandeep Dikshit
“All the controversies regarding Netaji’s files are needless and they have been created in a political environment. The files are there with the government and they can declassify them whenever they want,” Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told ANI. “This is a welcome step. The declassification may throw light on the new facts that maybe unknown to us,” he added. Responding to a question on whether the Central Government should also declassify the files of Netaji files, Dikshit told that it should be left to the government to decide. They know the reason behind not declassifying the files better.
“The governments of different parties in the Centre have said in the past that declassifying these files won’t be in the interest of the country and its foreign relations,” he added. Acknowledging that there was a long-standing demand for the declassification of the files on Bose, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier announced that her government would be declassifying 64 files related to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on September 18. “Everybody wants to know what happened to Netaji. He was a brave son of our soil and he was from Bengal,” she had said.
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