Netaji was alive even a year after India’s Independence and in China!
AdvertisementThe Netaji files declassified in Kolkata by the West Bengal government haven’t been able to shed much light over the mystery of the disappearance of the hero of India’s freedom struggle as of yet. While analysing all the files, consisting 12,000 plus pages would need some time, a few twists in the probe would be beneficial meanwhile.
As per a recent analysis, it is being assumed that Freedom fighter Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was "alive" and "somewhere in Manchuria, China" in 1948. In the dossier, file no. 22 contains some information on this from Bose’s trusted aide, Deb Nath Das.
An extract dated August 9, 1948, says: "Deb Nath Das, an ex-INA leader who is actively engaged in anti-Congress propaganda, is preaching in political and party circles that Netaji Subash Chandra Bose is alive and is somewhere in Manchuria, China at present."
"To rouse the curiosity and even belief of the people, he (Das) says that Netaji told him before the plane-crash that the possibility of a third world war would emerge in the wake of the Second World War."
On August 22, 1945, Tokyo Radio announced the "death" of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in an air crash in Formosa (now Taiwan) on August 18, 1945, en route to Japan. However, the crash theory has been rejected by scores of Bose's followers and admirers and claims of the revolutionary leader resurfacing continue to intrigue and divide Indians over the years.
Adding to the controversy, the extract further states that Das had asserted that in 1948 Bose was keeping tabs on the international as well as national scenario.
"Das adds that Netaji is watching both the international and national situation, vis-A-vis India, to find out as to which among the foreign powers was her friend or enemy. There is a talk that Deb Nath Das may contest the by-election from south Calcutta constituency of the West Bengal Assembly."
Das, according to a declassified 1948 confidential diary page of the Calcutta police, was known to give "fiery lectures" against the then Indian government.
"Except for the meetings attended or presided over by Das, in which he always gave fiery lectures against the government of India, nothing else could be known of his anti-Congress activities."
West Bengal government on Friday has made public 64 files to help unravel the mystery behind Bose's disappearance.
Bose, once the Congress president, made contact with the Axis powers during World War II. He formed the Indian National Army in Singapore, with the help of the Japanese, and fought the British Indian Army.
Ex-INA leader Das was a key member of the provisional government-in-exile formed by Bose in 1943.
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