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Netaji papers: Trinamool MP questions declassification policy

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NETAJINew Delhi, August 23: Prime Minister Office’s denial to share details of three classified files related to widows and daughter of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on Friday had its echo in Rajya Sabha with a member asking about the “exact nature of threat” from the disclosure.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Kunal Ghosh (Trinamool Congress) said the Prime Minister’s Office has recently refused to share details of three files related to widows and daughter of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to an applicant Chandrachur Ghose under the RTI Act of 2005.

He said the PMO refused the request to share details of file numbers – 2/67/56-71 (volume I), 2/67/56-71 (volume II) and, 2/67/78 on the ground that this would prejudicially affect relation with foreign countries and also the sovereignty and integrity of India.

“Could the honourable Prime Minister and Home Minister kindly inform the House as to the exact nature of the threat to our sovereignty, national integrity and relationship with foreign countries that the government is apprehensive of on account of information on a national hero…,” he asked.

Mr. Ghosh noted that the PMO had earlier submitted to the Central Information Commission that it holds 33 classified files including these three.

“Even earlier, in 2007, despite an order of the CIC, the Ministry of Home Affairs refused to disclose all documents pertaining to the Shah Nawaz Committee (1956), and the G D Khosla Commission (1970-74), which investigated the mysterious disappearance of Netaji on the ground that it would lead to “serious law and order problem in the country, especially in West Bengal,” the TMC member said.

Mr. Ghosh also rued that even six decades after Independence, India does not have a proper declassification policy for historical documents and hence the declassification exercise remains ad hoc and depends on whims of concerned ministries.

“We have no information about last days of Netaji,” he said.

Turning down an RTI appeal, the Prime Minister’s Office had said that releasing secret files about Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s widow Emilie Schenkl and daughter Anita Bose may upset relations with foreign countries.

Mr. Ghose who runs website www.subhaschandrabose.org had appealed under the RTI Act to provide access to letters written by Netaji’s widow and daughter to the government.

When under house arrest by the Britishers, Netaji had escaped from India in 1941 to seek international support for India’s freedom struggle. After organising the Indian National Army with Japanese help he went missing in 1945, giving birth to India’s most debated and puzzling mystery.

The Mukherjee Commission had rejected the opinion that he died in a plane crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945.

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  1. Japan sold Netaji and Netaji-dummy to British;

    In WW-I, Japan was an ally of British. Before WW-II, Japan-US trade war and political war started, this led to actual war between US and Japan. So British became an enemy to Japan by diplomatic manipulation as US – British alliance was there. After WW-II, Japan revived their old connection with British via spies. Japanese and British spies were enough linked before WW-II. Japanese spies agreed to eliminate Netaji. Motive was to appease the British and purchase security for Japan royal family. Thus, Japan sold Netaji to British and British eliminated him. The false news of air crash was Japan’s fabrication. In any controversial case, liar is to be suspected first.

    Netaji’s plan to start second independence war with the help of USSR was known to Japan. There was enough scope for British and Japanese spies to develop a common minimum program against pro-communist agenda of Netaji. Why should Japanese imperialism agree to patronize emergence of independent India as a permanent communist ally? Is it not more logical to fulfill British condition and purchase favor? Why Japan royal family was not tried as a war criminal? What is the mystery behind this favor?

    There is another point about gumnami baba. Who was he? Gumnami baba was a dummy created as a part of common minimum program of Japanese imperialism and British imperialism. In axis camp, creation of dummy by plastic surgery was a common practice. Hitler and Mussolini were having number of dummies. Japan sold Netaji-dummy to British. British deputed this dummy at faizabad of Uttar Pradesh, with a purpose to create confusion that as if Netaji’s death or life is doubtful. The confusion prevented the nation to be doubtful about role of Japan or British. So gumnami baba of faizabad is a common creation of Japanese spies and British spies. Never had he told the truth. If he had told anything, that must be lie. In a controversial case, liar is to be suspected. So, Japan sold Netaji to British and British executed him in secret. Japan sold Netaji-dummy to British and British deputed him at faizabad of Uttar-Pradesh. Japan surrendered to US-UK side on 15th august 1945. Netaji’s last flight was on 18th august 1945. A surrendered Japan was no longer an ally of azad hind. They worked as per their new mentors, the British.

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