Please accept the report of the Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry

Declassify Netaji Files

Dear Narendra Modiji

You may recall that we wrote to you on May 23, 2014 urging you to take steps to resolve the mysteries relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in national interest. We requested that all secret files on or about Netaji should be declassified; the report of Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry into his disappearance must be accepted and a multi-disciplinary investigation team comprising historians, retired judges and intelligence officers, archivists and representatives of civil society organisations should be set up to complete the task left unfinished by this Commission.

But, in the pattern of the previous governments, our petition was forwarded to the Home Ministry in a most casual manner by a Section Officer (PMO ID No. 3/3/2014-PMP4/46655 dated 3 June 2014). This was despite the fact that our request was specifically addressed to you. We wrote to you again on the same matter on August 13, 2014. This time the response of your office was silence. In the meantime, your office has continued the policy of the previous governments, refusing to declassify files on Netaji. This has happened despite your assurances to the contrary.

With your ascension as our Prime Minister, we have believed that the time now is ripe, more than ever, to bring about a closure to this controversy. We believe that if anyone can lead the resolution of modern India’s longest running mystery, it is you.

We briefly outline our concerns and our expectations in the following paragraphs.

You are without doubt aware that the issue of Netaji’s fate has troubled generations of Indians. You would also be aware that the several Ministries of the Government of India, including the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), and the central and state intelligence agencies, hold several classified files on Netaji. Despite our attempts of several years seeking the declassification of the secret files, they continue to be kept secret. This inclination towards maintaining secrecy over the life and fate of one of India’s greatest sons is baffling and appears to reflect the lack of political will to resolve the issue.

It is often pointed out that three inquiries have been instituted on this matter and another inquiry would serve no purpose. It is however important to keep in mind that the first two public inquiries headed by Shah Nawaz Khan and Justice GD Khosla were not impartial. The third, a commission led by Justice MK Mukherjee, a former Supreme Court judge, faced a rather hostile Congress government led by your predecessor. Generations to come will scarcely believe that the findings of a commission set up on a High Court’s order were dismissed without assigning any reason at a time when dreaded and convicted criminals are accorded highest “human rights” considerations.

At the same time, we would also like to draw your attention to the instances of destruction/disappearance of vital records, which could only be the result of conspiracy hatched at the highest level. We hardly need to underline that such state of affairs is not only unacceptable in this age and time in the world’s largest democracy but they also constitute an insult to the memory of Netaji, but for whom India would not have become free in 1947.

Hence we are writing to you since we believe that you can induce transparency in this matter and resolve the mystery once and for all.

Satyamev Jayate is our national credo and we follow Western jurisprudence where the Latin dictum “Fiat justitia ruat caelum” (Let justice be done though the heavens fall) holds sway. It is about time that these hallowed considerations, not some inexplicable official excuse, be applied to the Netaji matter and it is resolved in national interest.

Therefore we earnestly request you to take the following steps:

  • Announce the acceptance of the finding of the Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry which had submitted its report in 2006 that Netaji did not die in a plane crash in 1945.
  • Direct officials at all levels to search for all Netaji-related records, secret or otherwise, including those held by the intelligence agencies and make them public. Kindly ensure that the search of the records includes the category of records that are seen only by the Prime Minister. We understand that these records are different from those held in the PMO record room at the South Block. We hope that in 2015 not a single paper or piece of information relating to Netaji will be retained by any Ministry or any agency of the Government of India. Instead, everything must be shared with the people of India in the name of transparency, truth and justice.
  • Set up a multi-disciplinary special investigation team (SIT) comprising historians, retired judges, intelligence officers, archivists and representatives of the family of Netaji as well as investigative researchers and civil society organisations to complete the task left unfinished by the Mukherjee Commission, in a time-bound manner. Clear instructions should be issued to all departments of the Union government and the state governments to cooperate with the SIT. The SIT should be given full authority to summon anyone it feels relevant and requisition all documents required for a complete investigation. It should also be empowered to penalize any agency, department, or individual for non-compliance. For the purpose of this investigation, we urge you to exempt former and current officials from their oath of secrecy by passing a special Rule.
  • Formally request other countries such as the United Kingdom, People’s Republic of China, Russian Federation, the United States of America and other relevant countries at the highest level so that they share all information they hold on Netaji with the Government of India to aid the investigation by the SIT.

We are sure that you as our Prime Minister will accord this matter your personal and sincere attention considering your admiration for Netaji and the realization of what he did for India. We sincerely believe that your Government is the Government of hope and change.

Kindly let us know a date and time convenient to you when we could meet you in Delhi to discuss the above-mentioned issues.

With warm regards, we wish you all the best.

Team Mission Netaji

  1.  Anuj Dhar
  2. Chandrachur Ghose
  3. Sayantan Dasgupta
  4. Sreejith Panickar
  5. Other members and well-wishers of Mission Netaji who have signed this petition

Please SIGN THE PETITION and share among your friends and be a part of this movement.


Jayasree – Reviving Forgotten Glories

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Reviving Forgotten Glories

Reviving Forgotten Glories

Jayasree is turning to its well-wishers and readers for help, rather than taking the easy route of opening itself up for commercial advertisements. On behalf of  “Jayasree” we appeal to each and everyone to donate something according to their capability. We should remember that this is not only for our present but for our coming generations.

Jayasree Prakashan:

-: গ্রন্থতালিকা :-

-: প্রকাশিত ও পরিবেশিত বই :-

নেতাজী ও জাতীয় বিপ্লব বিষয়ক

(বাংলা গ্রন্থ)

১)সুভাষ-রচনাবলী (১-৬ খণ্ড) :
২)তরুণের আহ্বান : সুভাষচন্দ্র বসু  ৫০.০০
৩)স্মরণীয় বরণীয় : সুভাষচন্দ্র বসু  ২০.০০
৪)দিল্লী চলো : সুভাষচন্দ্র বসু  ২০.০০
৫)ভবিষ্যৎ ভারতঃ সুভাষচন্দ্র বসু ১৫.০০

৬)জয়শ্রী: নেতাজী জন্মশতবর্ষ গ্রন্থ (শতবর্ষের শ্রেষ্ঠ সংকলন) : ৩৫০.০০
৭)নেতাজীর জীবনবাদ : অনিল রায় ১৫.০০
৮)নেতাজী ও আজাদ-হিন্দ ফৌজ : ক্ষণেশ্বর ঘোষাল ৮০.০০
৯)সুভাষ মনন সন্ধানে : ক্ষণেশ্বর ঘোষাল

১০)নেতাজীঃ কিছু প্রশ্ন, কিছু তথ্য : ডাঃ মধুসূদন পাল
(১-৩ খণ্ড)
১১)নেতাজী ও ভারতের অসমাপ্ত বিপ্লব (১-৩ খণ্ড): হীরেন্দ্রনাথ নন্দী ১খন্ড-৫০.০০
১২)সুভাষচন্দ্র ও নেতাজী সুভাষচন্দ্র : সাবিত্রীপ্রসন্ন চট্রোপাধ্যায়
১৩)নেতাজী ও রানী ঝাঁসি বাহিনী : আগমনী লাহিড়ী ৫০.০০
১৪)ঐ মহামানব আসে : চারণিক (অখণ্ড) ১৫০.০০
১৫)গান্ধী-সুভাষ সংঘাত( গান্ধী-সুভাষ পত্রালাপ )
১৬)রবীন্দ্রনাথের দৃষ্টিতে সুভাষচন্দ্র : সমর গুহ
১৭)সুভাষচন্দ্রের শিক্ষাভাবনা : ডঃ গোপাল দে

১৮)সুভাষচন্দ্র ও ন্যাশন্যাল প্ল্যানিং : শঙ্করীপ্রসাদ বসু
১৯)সুভাষচন্দ্র ও নাৎসী সরকার : নন্দ মুখোপাধ্যায় ৪০.০০
২০)সমাজতন্ত্রীর দৃষ্টিতে মার্ক্সবাদ : অনিল রায়
২১)হেগেলীয় দর্শন : অনিল রায়
২২)যুগনায়ক সুভাষচন্দ্র : সুনীল দাস
২৩)যে কথার শেষ নেই : গোপাললাল সান্যাল
২৪)নেতাজীর বাণী :
২৫)বিবেক বাণী :

২৬) ওয়ারফন্ট : সুনীল কুমার ব্যানার্জী

২৭)শৃঙ্খল ঝঙ্কার : বীণা দাস ৫০.০০

২৮)বিপ্লবী শহিদ অনিল দাস : বিজয়কুমার নাগ ৫০.০০
২৯)শিখাময়ী লীলা রায় : আগমনী লাহিড়ী ও বিজয়কুমার নাগ ৩৫.০০
৩০)স্বাধীনতা সংগ্রামে বাংলার নারী : কমলা দাশগুপ্ত
৩১) স্মৃতির আলোয় : গীতা বিশ্বাস (বসু) ৩৫.০০
৩২)জয়শ্রী : সুবর্ণজয়ন্তী গ্রন্থ ২৫০.০০
৩৩)জয়শ্রী : হীরকজয়ন্তী গ্রন্থ ৬০.০০ ৩৪)বিপ্লবী সুনিল দাস ও বিপ্লবী অতীন্দ্র নাথ বসু শতবর্ষ সংখ্যা :৫০.০০

(In English)
1)BLOOD BATH : Subhas Chandra Bose

2)An Indian Pilgrim : Subhas Chandra Bose

3)The Indian Struggle : Subhas Chandra Bose

4)Understanding Netaji : Kshaneswar Ghosal

5)INA PLATOON LECTURES : Subhas Chandra Bose

6)CANTON SPEECHES : Subhas Chandra Bose

7)Subhas Chandra Bose :The British Press Intelligence and Parliament :
Nanda Mukherjee
8)The Last Day Of Jaharlal Neheru : H.V.Kamath
9)Subhas Chandra and Youth Today : Krishna Sen
10)ECONOMIC THOUGHT OF SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE : Nanda Mukherjee

11)FLAMING LEELA ROY :
Agamoni Lahiri & Bijoy Kumar Nag 100.00

অন্যান্য গ্রন্থ
১)বাল্মীকি রামায়ণ : নারায়ণচন্দ্র চন্দ্র(২ খণ্ড) ৪০০.০০
২)হিমালয়ের গোপনপুরে : প্রাণেশ চক্রবর্তী ২০.০০
৩)জীবনের রঙ্গমঞ্চে : শান্তিসুধা ঘোষ ২০.০০
৪)রবীন্দ্রনাথের ছোটগল্পে রোগ মনস্তত্ত্ব : ৭০.০০

মনুজেন্দ্র শ্যাম
-:অন্যান্য পরিবেশিত বই :-
১)চক্রব্যূহে নেতাজী- একটি জাতীয়- আন্তর্জাতিক চক্রান্ত
কেশব ভট্টাচার্য ৪৯৫.০০
২)নেতাজীর স্বপ্ন ও সাধনা : সমর গুহ ৩৫.০০
৩)NETAJI : DEAD OR ALIVE? Samar Guha 65.00
৪)INDIA’S BIGGEST COVER-UP : Anuj Dhar 600.00
৫)সুভাষবাদ : কাশীকান্ত মৈএ ৫০.০০
৬)মার্ক্সবাদ-লেলিনবাদ :তত্ত্বে ও প্রয়োগে :
কাশীকান্ত মৈএ ২০০.০০

৭)রাজনীতি বিপ্লব কূটনীতি: কাশীকান্ত মৈএ ১৭০.০০

৮)শ্রীরামকৃষ্ণ(রচনা সমগ্র-২) : পবিত্রকুমার ঘোষ ১০০.০০

জয়শ্রী বিশেষ সংখ্যা
১)সমর গুহ স্মরণ সংখ্যা ২)বিপ্লবী সুনীল দাস স্মরণ সংখ্যা
৩)ফরাসী বিপ্লব সংখ্যা ও অন্যান্য মূল্যবান নেতাজী সংখ্যার জন্য

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Also you may Contact

Abhisekh Singh: (8436396247)
abhisekh.missionnetaji@gmail.com

Koushik Banerjee (9874181106)
koushikzworld@gmail.com

Shubhankar Sanyal (9038401695)
subho537@gmail.com


A ‘Dream’ we want to see come True…

20 December 2012. New Delhi: The ghost of Subhas Chandra Bose returned to haunt the Central government on Monday with the BJP-led Opposition launching a pincer attack over gratuitous secrecy over the fate of the freedom fighter. In a series of press conferences across the nation during the day, Opposition leaders tore into the Government’s insistence to keep the records pertaining to the death of

Bose classified in “national security”. The conferences followed another day of massive outrage in public over the continuation of “Netaji mystery”.

NDA convener Sharad Yadav tore into the government’s stand calling it “an insult to the memory of Netaji”. Kya mazak bana rakha hai? (What is this joke?) Yadav said, elaborating that in mature democracies secret records were routinely declassified. “If he died in 1945 I don’t understand why is the Government afraid of releasing the files?” Along with Yadav, senior BJP leader LK Advani too was critical of the government approach. He regretted that the Netaji files were not declassified when the NDA was in power. “I feel sorry for that. We should have done that when the Mukherjee Commission was functioning”.

Advani castigated the Congress-led government for dismissing the commission report in 2004 without assigning any reason. “In my entire public life I never saw any government dealing with a commission of inquiry report in such an arbitrary and insulting manner”. Supporting the demand for comprehensive declassification of all Netaji related records made by the writer of a controversial book on Netaji’s fate, Advani said “this was the best way to bring about a closure to the issue”.

For the last few months Anuj Dhar’s book has been a rage and has caused unprecedented outpourings of outrage on social media and internet. The website of this paper received thousands of comments just last week calling for declassification.

In their statements released to media BSP leader Mayawati and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav supported the demand for declassification. Mulayam also referred to mysterious holy man of Faizabad linked to Bose in Dhar’s book and demanded that records about him should also see the light of the day.

In Bhubaneswar, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told mediapersons that he had written a letter to the Prime Minister for the release of records. “I even requested that these records must be stored at the museum in Cuttack, Netaji’s birth place”. Patnaik refused to answer question about former Prime Minister Nehru’s role in the matter. “That is for you people to deliberate,” he said.

But in Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was in his elements targeting the Nehru-Gandhi’s for perpetrating “the mother of all cover-ups”, paraphrasing the title of Dhar’s book “India’s biggest cover-up”. “For the last 60 years the Congress leaders have left no stone unturned in implicating the Sangh Parivar in Gandijii’s assassination, making use of some remote connection the assassin had with one organization linked to the Sanga once upon a time. But now what I’ve learned about Netaji tells me that there is clear evidence of Nehru’s hand in covering up the truth about his fate.”

Modi took a pot shot at the media to task, daring them to run campaigns seeking justice for Subhas in the same way they had done in the cases involving regular people. “Someone loosing life over a life affair is tragedy but you go on to make mountains out of molehills. And in the Netaji case, all you do is only to report what someone else has to say. Why don’t you employ your investigative skills here? Why can’t you ask the Home Minister and the Prime Minister straight questions in front of camera?”

The mood was, however, completely subdued in Bengal, the home state of Bose, where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continued to keep mum. Several Bengali thinkers and historians said they had had enough of the mystery and did not want to discuss the issue. “This entire controversy is wastage of time and money,” said Prof Sugata Bose of Netaji Research Bureau.

Local Congress leaders too were forthcoming as they said the issue had no relevance in modern India and that country must look to the future and not past. “We must not waste any money for someone dead in any way when so many living people in India are starving,” said state Congress president Dr Tapan Bhattacharya. When a reporter curtly asked if the same approach could be applied to late Congress stalwarts like Rajiv Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, whose death anniversaries are marked with ads costing crores of rupees from public exchequer, Bhattacharya responded with an expletive.

Sources have informed that Mamata Banerjee’s “studied silence” was to be understood in the context of the financial package the Central government was considering at the moment.

— at the this point Mungerilal’s rosy dream came to an end.

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For a complete low-down on the case, covering events from 1945 to 2012, read “India’s biggest cover-up”, available both in paper and electronic formats.

The Books available at: Infy Beam  |  VitastaBook Shop Of India

The Kindle edition of the book is available from Amazon


Mahatma Gandhi knew that Subhas did not die

Gandhiji Believes Subhas Is Alive

Gandhiji Believes Subhas Is Alive

For a country that swears by his name, this should be a clincher of an argument. Of all the voices that were dismissive of the Japanese announcement of Subhas Chandra Bose’s death, the most loud and clear was that of the Father of the Nation. From late 1945 to early 1946, Mahatma Gandhi was chief promoter of the idea that I have the honour of articulating now.

Gandhiji’s January 1946 statement “I believe Subhas is still alive and bidding his time somewhere” hit headlines world over–from Hindustan Times (see image) to the New York Times.

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F10814FB3A5816738FDDAF0894D9405B8688F1D3

“Gandhi thinks Bose alive; he admires ‘puppet’s’ courage, but disapproves methods”, says the NTY headline. Incidentally, our Government still holds the view that Netaji was a “puppet” of the Japanese.

An intelligence report based on inputs provided by Congress party sources revealed later in 1946 that Gandhi’s claim about Bose being alive was not based on his “inner voice” as he had said, but “a secret information” that he had received. What could have been that “secret information” and who or what was the source? In 2007 the Ministry of Home Affairs did not provide a host of documents to my friends and I under the Right to Information. One of these documents was a memorandum from Director of Military Intelligence over Mahatma Gandhi’s view on the matter.

 

Intelligence report on Gandhiji's "inner voice"

Intelligence report on Gandhiji’s “inner voice”

 

While this report in original has most likely been destroyed, what has survived and reached the public domain by the grace of God is another intelligence report alluding to it. This report dated 8 April 1946 is available at the National Archives in New Delhi. Subhas Chandra Bose was reportedly killed on August 18 the previous year. The very fact the inquiries into Netaji’s death continued for that long proves that the matter was not mere gas, or something cooked up by the conspiracy theorists much later, as many court historians and prejudiced journalists would want you to believe today.

 

Declassification is must for understanding our past. Understanding and learning from history is vital for all civilized nations.

For a complete low-down on the case, covering events from 1945 to 2012, read “India’s biggest cover-up”, available both in paper and electronic formats.

The Books available at: Infy Beam  |  VitastaBook Shop Of India

The Kindle edition of the book is available from Amazon
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Article by Anuj Dhar.

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How Intelligence Bureau Uncovered Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s Russia escape plan

Intelligence Bureau Secret Report

To mark the 50th anniversary of Indian independence and Subhas Bose’s 100th birth anniversary, the Ministry of Defence in a rare move declassified 990 files about the Indian National Army. These files, created during the British Raj, were transferred to the National Archives in Delhi. Rummaging through them, yours truly found documents about the initial inquiries into the alleged death of Subhas Chandra Bose on 18 August 1945 in Taipei.

Evidently, a breakthrough was made in November 1945–some 3 months after the Japanese announcement of Bose’s death. The official Japanese version had it that Bose was on his way to Tokyo “for talks with the Japanese Govt” in the wake of its announcement of Japan’s surrender to the Allies. But en route to Tokyo the plane crashed at what is now known as Taipei SongShan airport.

One of the officers who snooped around for proofs was Philip Finney, an assistant director with the Intelligence Bureau. Finney and his team rounded up several people who had witnessed Bose’s last movements. In his examination, Kinji Watanabe, a Japanese interpreter, told Finney about a secret meeting between Bose, his loyal ADC Habibur Rahman, INA chief of staff JK Bhonsle and Lt General Saburo Isoda of Japanese army. Contrary to what the official Japanese announcement had said, and what Rahman and Bhonsle claimed when they were captured, Bose was NOT going to Tokyo at all. Watanabe told Finney, you can see it for yourself, that “they were discussing how to get Mr Bose to his destination. It was generally understood that he was to get to the Russians, probably to Manchuria.…With regard to Bose’s going to Russia, it was an understood thing….”

For a complete low-down on the case, covering events from 1945 to 2012, read “India’s biggest cover-up”, available both in paper and electronic formats.

The Books available at: Infy Beam  |  VitastaBook Shop Of India

The Kindle edition of the book is available from Amazon
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Article by Anuj Dhar.

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An Appeal

Subject: Appeal to raise a vital issue on Friday, 17th August

Honourble Member of Parliament:

This is an appeal on behalf of a group of Indians, including some members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s family.

We earnestly request that on the eve of the “official” anniversary of Netaji’s death on Friday 17th August you raise the demand for declassification of all secret records about him.  You will be shocked to know that our Government has been maintaining several secret files on Netaji, which apart from being an insult to him is contrary to the spirit of right to information age we live in.

 

The absence of public records in archives and libraries has created a knowledge vacuum which has been over the years filled by various conspiracy theories, detrimental to the memories of our other national icons. Many of these theories, now household stories across the nation, cast aspersions even on the Father of the Nation and our first Prime Minister as they build up dark accounts of Netaji dying in a Soviet concentration camp or leading the life of an ascetic in India. All this must end and the only way to do so is for our Government, especially the Intelligence Bureau and R&AW, to make a clean breast of all that is known about Netaji’s fate and the possibility that he was alive after his assumed date of death.  We owe it to the memory of the man who fought for us and then disappeared.

 

This appeal has become essential as our Government refuses to make the records public under the RTI act. In 2007, the Ministry of Home Affairs, which is keeping several records about Netaji, made an atrocious statement before the Central Information Commission that many of these “documents are sensitive in nature, the public disclosure of which may lead to a serious law and order problem in the country”. This is a totally unacceptable position and it makes no sense as the Government in the same breath insists that Netaji died 67 years ago.

 

Two decades back the United States of America faced a similar situation over the controversy surrounding the assassination of John F Kennedy. In 1992, the US Congress passed a law providing for a “unique solution to the problem of secrecy”. Under the law all records were made public and the controversy was rested. Time has come for India to take similar steps and move on. We cannot let issue of past bother us; but if the Government of ours continue to sit on dozens of secret of files on Netaji, the controversy would keep re-registering itself on the consciousness of the nation.

 

A short note on the Netaji mystery and need for declassification is attached for your kind perusal.

 

Thanking you

Yours sincerely

Anuj Dhar

(Former journalist and author of a book on Netaji mystery)

 

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Note

Bringing closure to India’s biggest mystery

Summary points:

* The Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry in 2006 confirmed what the entire country has believed for nearly seven decades: that the story of Netaji’s death in a plane crash on 18 August 1945 was a hoax.

 

* Yet, the Government has continued to support the death-by-plane crash story without any credible evidence.

 

* The Government continues to hold back crucial documents as Top Secret or Secret, which could bring an end to the mystery decisively. A special legislation, therefore, needs to be devised and passed in Parliament to enable ministries and intelligence and security agencies make relevant information public as a special case.

 

* This legislation should set up a parliamentary committee or an independent task force comprising experts from the relevant ministries, security agencies, former services chiefs, academia and civil society to consider the information released and reach a final conclusion

 

* To aid the committee/task force the Government should also ask all countries which have had any kind of link with Netaji till1945, to share any information they might be holding on him. It is critical that this information is sought at the level of the Prime Minister or the External Affairs Minister.

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Background:

Findings of Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry

1. There must be a good reason for the people of India, not known to have a sense of history, to keep the issue of Netaji’s death alive year after year. There have been many scandals and disputed deaths of other leaders in this country, but only Netaji’s has resulted in 3 public probes, not to speak of numerous discreet inquiries.

 

2. The last public probe was conducted by former Supreme Court judge M K Mukherjee from 1999 to 2005. The appointment of his commission was result of PIL leading to an order by then Calcutta High Court Chief Justice Prabha Shankar Mishra. Justice Mishra had sought Government of India’s view on the “official” stand that Netaji had died in an air crash in Taipei at the close of WW II at age 48. The government counsel in 1997 made it clear before the court that GOI had serious doubts about the veracity of the air crash theory due to several contradictions in evidence etc. The court, therefore, ordered GOI to launch a new inquiry to ascertain facts.

 

3. Throughout the inquiry of Justice Mukherjee, whose name was suggested by then Chief Justice of India as per the convention, GOI counsel maintained the above position. When the arguments by deponents/lawyers were heard by Justice Mukherjee, UPA government had been in place for a few months. But still the government lawyer repeated the same stance and in fact pressed that in view of new evidence gathered by commission, Netaji could not have died in any air crash in 1945.

 

4. But strangely, after the commission gave its report rejecting the air crash theory, it was summarily rejected by UPA Government. The memorandum for Action Taken Report placed before MPs was just one page long. There were protests from MPs from many parties. During the heated exchanges, MPs accused GOI of perpetuating a fraud on the nation.

 

5. Justice Mukherjee concluded that a fake news of Netaji’s death following an air crash was planted by the Japanese who wanted him to continue fighting for India’s freedom. According to commission report the so-called “Netaji’s ashes” kept in a Japanese temple are in fact of a Japanese solider whose death was passed off as that of Netaji’s.

 

6. Commission report indicted Government for not cooperating with it, citing numerous specific instances where the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs behaved in a manner which would have cause massive outrage in a mature democracy.

 

7. While Mukherjee commission report stated that at the time of Bose’s disappearance his destination was Soviet Russia, it added that it could not be proven whether or not he landed there. It was because the commission was not given access to security and intelligence related archives when it visited Russia in 2005.

 

Other theories regarding Netaji’s fate

8. A large number of people, including members of Netaji’s family, continue to believe that Bose was liquidated in USSR at the behest of Nehru as a precursor to Indo-Soviet friendship. People holding this view have also come to hold that to confuse people of India and to trivialize the issue, Intelligence Bureau under Pandit Nehru planted several fake sadhu babas across India in 1960s.

 

9. Mukherjee commission examined theories linking Subhas to sadhus. Only the curious case of Bhagwanji of Faizabad stood out for many reasons. Several journalistic enquiries pointed up that the possibility that Bhagwanji was Netaji was quite high. While, the commission report of 2005 was inconclusive on this angle, in 2010 Justice Mukherjee expressed his personal views that he was “100 percent sure” that Bhagwanji was Bose.

 

10. Popularly known as Anam Sant or Gumnami Baba, Bhagwanji secretly lived in Neemsar, Ayodhya, Basti and Faizabad in UP from 1950s to his death in September 1985. Subhas would have been 88 in 1985 and Bhagwanji was of same age. Those who saw said he looked like an “older Netaji”. Bhagwanji was asked about the reason for his not coming out and he would say that it “would not be in national interest” and that doing so would bring sufferings to the people of India.

 

11. The above details just about scratch the surface of this case and should not be read as an assertion that Netaji was in Faizabad. The issue at hand in 2012 is of transparency.

 

Why declassification is imperative

12. Irrespective of the views one holds about Netaji or his fate, to ask for declassification is a most valid demand. In principle, no one, except those whose interest lies in keeping things secret, would be against it. Therefore, it would serve national interest if the honourble Members of Parliament were to raise the demand for declassification beginning this August 17.


Book review: “India’s Biggest Cover-up” by Anuj Dhar

Book title: India’s Biggest Cover-up

Author: Anuj Dhar
Category: History
Print edition: Vitasta (ISBN: 9380828691, EAN: 9789380828695), Pages: 445, Price: MRP 600
E-book edition: Amazon.com Kindle (ASIN: B008CDVRWW), Size: 8546 KB, Price: USD 7.99

Online availability: InfibeamFlipkartVitasta

There are many books around on the Subhas Bose death mystery, but Anuj Dhar’s India’s Biggest Cover-up stands out from the rest, due to three reasons. One; it is new. The author weeds out fables from the mystery and delves deep into the subject. Two; his premises are backed by logic, findings by evidences, and writing by reason. He also presents an action plan to resolve the mystery, something which Shivraj Patil ‘advisedly’ omitted in his ATR (Action Taken Report) on the Mukherjee Commission report. Three; the very title of the book! Dhar takes the lid off the longstanding plane crash myth and in doing so, calls a spade a spade. He uncloaks some of the shoddy national leaders and officials who have been lying to the nation to lead us to believe that Bose was killed long back in a plane crash. Not surprisingly, the list includes India’s first Prime Minister and even the would-be President! I suppose, that justifies the book title.
The book is a chronicle of different events in the mystery organised meaningfully into different chapters. Generally, such a work based on the past can be dreary but this one makes the reading as easy and engaging as it can be. Past and present day events are skilfully ran up together as in a thriller. To start with, Dhar flails the plane crash theory on its head by laying out evidences against it one after another. I don’t think there would be too many punters for the plane crash story after reading the book.
Rather than being an author, Dhar assumes the role of a moderator, considering different views and opinions in great detail. He does not assent to the popular fabrications to drive home his point. All of the Bose mystery stories we have heard in the past were an admixture of facts and myths. But Dhar demonstrates the highest level of self-worth and truthfulness to his work by rebuffing ‘manipulated proof’ that doesn’t appear cooked up on the first look. His sieve separates the believable part from the confusing claims, evident from his explanation – against popular belief – that the monk seen by Nehru’s bier was not Bose.
Justice Mukherjee only recommended the government to probe the Russian connection of the mystery. But here is a man who has taken the trouble to follow Bose’s trail and boy, hasn’t he got fantastic results! Dhar even springs a surprise by showing the photograph of a high profile meeting of 1960s attended by a ‘Bose look-alike’, who is yet to be identified! Regarding the Bhagwanji angle, he presents the stories told by the baba disciples and tries to find matches from historical events. He displays great poise in dealing with beliefs about Bhagwanji, without going overboard.
Dhar is not just an author, but a researcher in true sense; and his work is not just a book, but a well compiled piece of history. Dhar also exposes a good mound of documents based on which he deduces his views, all logical and factual. Dhar is no Pied Piper; instead, he assists the readers to use their own common sense to draw conclusions. This is where the book excels. Now the most important question – how would I rate this book? I can say with confidence that in terms of ‘completeness’, only one thing would contain more details on the Bose mystery – the quarantined information lying in our government archives. In one’s avidity for more information on the Bose mystery, India’s Biggest Cover-up would remain ‘the best vade mecum’ on the subject. And I am sure every reader would thirstily long for the day the vaulted truth comes out in public domain.
Note: Anuj Dhar is a good friend of mine, but this review is not influenced by our friendship. What you just read is my personal opinion after going through the Kindle edition of the book. Afterall, even the plane crash theory supporters would switch sides once they get to see the evidences Anuj presents in the book.
Thanks to Sreejith Panickar for allowing me to post this review in my blog.

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