This Friday 18th sept, the west bengal Trinamool Congress government declassified 64 files related to Netaji Subash Chandra bose. It is assumed that some of this files may give information on netaji’s survival after 1945 assumed plane crash. It took 70 years of time to reveal this files which contains a total of 12,744 pages, apart from this still 130 files are still kept with the centre government.
Spread across the files are various references to Netaji “being alive”. For instance, in 1949, the Kolkata state intelligence intercepted a letter written by Swiss journalist Dr Lilly Abegg to Netaji’s brother Sarat Chandra Bose. In it, Abegg said, “I heard in 1946 from Japanese sources that your brother is still living.”
Abegg, who was a correspondent in Japan and China and, at the time of writing the letter, worked for the Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche, also wrote, “On account of the good relation between Indian and my country, it is not possible to tell everything in a too open and undiplomatic manner. Further, as I have not been in India, it is impossible for me to take sides with one side only and against the government.”
In a previous correspondence, dated November 1, 1949 Abegg had written to Sarat and said, “United Press reported that he (Netaji) was in Peking.” On August 20, 1965, Netaji’s nephew Sisir Kumar Bose wrote to Tatsuo Hayashida, Netaji’s Japanese biographer, and asked if he had met Netaji in the hospital after the plane crash, or seen the cremation with his own eyes. Explaining his doubt, he wrote that Dr Satya Narayan Sinha, a member of parliament and former IFS officer, had said that the erstwhile Formosa government had documents that created doubts regarding Netaji’s death.
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