One of the biggest mysteries in the history of the country is the death of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. There has undoubtedly been a great degree of distortion of the truth which has meant that neither Netaji’s family nor the nation has received due closure.

The Indian government has as of yet appointed three commissions to look into the death of Netaji – the Shah Nawaz Committee (1956), the Khosla Commission (1970) and the Mukherjee Commission (1999). The first two commissions said that Netaji died in an air crash on August 18, 1945 at Taihoku airport in Japanese-occupied Taipei, while the Mukherjee Commission (1999) concluded that he did not die in an air crash. Surprisingly, the government rejected the findings of the Mukherjee Commission.

A Paris-based historian, JBP More, recently stumbled upon a brief French secret service report dated December 11, 1947 at the National Archives of France. On the basis of this report he has come up with the finding that Netaji didn’t die in an air crash and was still alive in 1947.

“It is not stated in the document that Subhas Chandra Bose died in the air crash in Taiwan. Instead, it is reported that Bose’s present whereabouts were unknown as late as December 1947, which again implies that the French did not buy the theory that Bose died in the air crash on August 18, 1945,” said More.

In a nutshell, More believes that Netaji didn’t die in the air crash on August 18, 1945. An excerpt from the report says: “But he escaped from Indochina alive and his whereabouts were unknown as late as December 11, 1947, as reported in the secret document. This implies that he was alive somewhere but not dead in 1947.”

More said, “In this report, it is clearly stated that he was the ex-chief of the Indian Independence League and a member of Hikari Kikan, a Japanese organisation. It is further stated clearly that he escaped from Indochina, though it does not state how.”

The British and the Japanese have declared that Netaji died in an air crash, but the French have always remained silent on the issue. Scholars like Kingshuk Nag said the findings in the report should be taken seriously. Nag is a noted journalist and the author of the book ‘Netaji: Living Dangerously.’

This report gives greater credence to the theory that Netaji didn’t die in an air crash; either he was alive and disappeared or he was killed.

Source – http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/netaji-didnt-die-in-air-crash-says-secret-french-report/articleshow/59615563.cms


Vinayak Jain

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