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Did Indian government accept Netaji's death was due to plane crash?

Did Indian government accept Netaji's death was due to plane crash?

India Blooms News Service | | 23 Jan 2016, 08:08 pm
New Delhi, Jan 23 (IBNS): Unveiling several unknown facts, the Union Government on Saturday declassified the first set of 100 files pertaining to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the National Archives launching the digitized files where a cabinet note said that the Government of India had accepted the position that the freedom fighter had died during a plane crash in August 1945.

The Cabinet note dating February 6, 1995 read: "There seems to be no scope for doubt that he died in the air crash of 18th August, 1945 at Taihoku."

"Governemnt of India has already accepted this position. There is no evidence whatsoever to the contrary," it said.

The note further said that those who held different views seem to be "guided more by sentimentality rather than by any rational consideration."

The note discussed  the "proposal to bring the mortal remains of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose from Japan to India."

It also mentioned that the ashes of the Indian leader were kept in the Bose Academy in Japan.

The note was prepared during the tenure of former Indian PM PV Narasimha Rao-led government.

"The Government of India was paying for the upkeep of the mortal remains in Renkoji Temple and the management could be persuaded to continue with this arrangement if the upkeep charges were increased," read the note.

Meanwhile, Modi also met family members of Netaji, including Prof. Chitra Ghosh, Chandra Bose, and  Surya Kumar Bose during the day, when the 119th birth anniversary of the great freedom fighter is being celebrated across the nation.

The PM in his meeting with the members of Netaji’s family at his residence in New Delhi on 14 October 2015, had announced that the Government of India would declassify the files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in a phased manner, and make them accessible to the public.

Netaji's disappearance 70 years ago after a plane crash at Taihoku, still remains a mystery.

Accordingly, the first lot of 33 files were declassified by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and handed over to the National Archives of India on Dec 4, 2015.

Subsequently, the Ministries of Home Affairs, and External Affairs too initiated the process of declassification of files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in their respective collection which were then transferred to the National Archives of India.

As a first step, the National Archives of India is placing 100 files relating to Netaji in public domain after preliminary conservation treatment and digitization. The remaining files too shall be placed in public domain after their conservation treatment and digitisation.

The Government of India has written to the concerned foreign Governments to declassify all files or papers related to Netaji. The Government is committed to pursue this matter with them.

The digitized files are being put on a website, specially designed by NIC –www.netajipapers.gov.in

In a tweet in the morning  the Prime Minister had said: "Today is a special day for all Indians. Declassification of Netaji files starts today. Will go to National Archives myself for the same".