Centre needs to tread cautiously on Netaji files: Naidu

Hyderabad (PTI): The senior BJP leader, however, said his personal view was that the people of the country have a right to know the truth on the Netaji issue.

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. PTi file photo

“The West Bengal government has made public certain confidential files related to Netaji. It is good… it needs to be studied what is there in those files before the Centre takes such a decision, its impact on the international community, our relations with other countries, neighbouring countries, needs to be studied.

“The Centre will have to take a final decision after studying that. I personally feel that people of the country have the right to know the truth on the Netaji issue. Government will think of it and decide how and when to do it,” the Parliamentary Affairs minister told reporters here on the sidelines of an event.

Seventy years after his mysterious disappearance, 64 files running into nearly 13,000 pages were declassified yesterday which shows some of Netaji’s family members were spied upon in independent India.

However, there was no clarity on whether Bose died in an air crash in 1945 as is widely believed.

Tucked away in police and government lockers for decades, the files containing 12,744 pages were declassified by West Bengal government in the presence of Bose’s family members, who have been demanding that information on Netaji be made public.

The files have been kept inside glass cases at the Kolkata Police Museum before they are made accessible to the public on Monday.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has demanded that the Centre declassify files pertaining to the nationalist leader and said that it is unfortunate that the mystery of Netaji’s disappearance has remained unresolved for 70 years.

Some of Netaji’s family members have rejected the theory that he had died in a plane crash in Taihoku airport in Taiwan on August 18, 1945.


  1. Dear readers,

    Modi, who is known for his high regard for Bose, promised the nation that his government would seriously consider the matter of declassification.One of his party’s election promises was the declassification of secret Bose files. But his office continues to reject the RTI requests for declassification in the background. It even gave a ridiculous reply to a petition that the prime minister did not have any prerogatives to declassify the files!

    Through this announcement, Mamata proves that actions have more weight than promises. The mention of transparency is a direct taunt at the pride of the central government. A government of responsibility and will should believe in taking positive steps and respect those who brought us freedom – the same things the BJP promised more than a year ago but still hasn’t acted upon. Mamata’s decision will now put the pressure back on the Modi government.

    The need for the full disclosure of all classified files concerning Netaji, especially those held by our intelligence agencies, has become all the more urgent in view of the disturbing assertions made repeatedly by senior BJP leader and former Union minister Dr Subramanian Swamy that “former premier of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin killed Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose after taking consent from former PM Jawaharlal Nehru”.

    If BJP poll plank holds water it would have certainly gave advantage by defaming Pandit Nehru by declassifying files.

    Why Centre needs to tread cautiously on Netaji files if it hold Congress accountable?

    Jai hind

  2. Adolph Hitler seized power in Germany through his cunning, bullying ways and by threats and deceit and thereafter by building up a formidable military force on a war footing. Then, he seized a part of Austria (having predominantly German-speaking population) by just sending troops (and not firing a shot) and seizing other countries. It was Sir Winston Churchill’s England and France that declared war on Germany, when she and Russia attacked Poland and shared the loot. At that juncture, Sir Churchill did not have an Army and Air Force which could match the numerically superior Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe and just had a superior Navy. I think that Sir Churchill declared war on Germany depending or banking on India’s inexhaustible manpower and the confidence of dragging U.S.A. to his side. Though the World War II officially began on 01st September 1939, initially, U.S.A. was not interested in getting into this message, but with the sudden, dramatic and unprovoked bombing of the Pearl Harbour by the Japanese carrier-based war planes on 07th December 1941, U.S.A. entered the war and then fortunes started smiling for the Allies, when America’s military hardware and men started pouring in all the theatres of the war.

    Even Mahatma Gandhi, who was fighting for India’s independence, seeing and realising that Adolph Hitler was a threat to the world and peace, reluctantly agreed to India contributing to the war effort with the understanding that India would get independence after the war ended. At this juncture, Netaji Subhas Bose formed the Azad Hind Fauz, especially drawing people who were held prisoners-of-war by the Japanese and siding with the Japanese forces and also Germans. In fact, it is mentioned in history that he met Adolph Hitler. Here is an extract from the FB of what Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had to say to Adolph Hitler, after so many duplicates had come, met him and gone away, while he was waiting to meet him:

    Netaji speaks ” Hitler”. Hitler surprisingly asked ‘how can u say that i’m hitler, you have never met Hitler before!’

    Netaji answered the great dictator of whom even the then British Prime Minister was afraid in this tone “NO ONE IN THE WORLD HAS THE COURAGE TO PUT HIS HAND ON SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE’S SHOULDER EXCEPT HITLER, NOT EVEN HIS MEN”

    Considering history and the facts, I do not have any respect for Netaji Subhas Bose – though I have nothing to say against him. For some, he may be a hero and for others something else.

    • Nelson Lewis, “Considering history and the facts, I do not have any respect for Netaji Subhas Bose – though I have nothing to say against him. For some, he may be a hero and for others something else.”

      Sir, who bothers about your history and facts, as long as he could be propped up as as an anti-Nehru, just like a anti Christ- against Jesus Christ. Of course, Nehru can not at be compared to Jesus Christ, for Nehru had many weaknesses and frailties like any other common man.

      • Mr. B.N. Pai,

        I believe that I have cautioned you on an earlier occasion to not bring religion or the names of God (or Gods) in public discussions. However, sadly, you do not change for the better.

  3. Sir, you said, “In fact, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had to say to Adolph Hitler, AFTER SO MANY DUPLICATES HAD COME MET HIM AND GO AWAY, while he was waiting to meet him. Hitler surprisingly asked ‘how can u say that i’m hitler, Netaji answered “NO ONE IN THE WORLD HAS THE COURAGE TO PUT HIS HAND ON SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE’S SHOULDER EXCEPT HITLER, NOT EVEN HIS MEN”


    • “Sir, Do you mean to say Subhas said so to the duplicate of Hitler?” comments of the learned Advocate B.N. Pai and an ardent, totally committed fan of the Dynasty.

      Mr. Pai, I have always considered you a man that holds members of the Dynasty as cult figures. Any person, reading my extract in the earlier posting, would have realised that when and to whom Subhas Chandra Bose had opened his mouth. Subhas Chandra Bose was intelligent and well-informed to know that personalities like Adolph Hitler, Sir Winston Spencer Churchill and others had duplicates for their safety sake, who would represent them in relatively unimportant meetings, gatherings, etc. to avoid attempts by assassins on their lives. If someone was killed, it was their duplicates.

      It is high time, you expand your readings behind the Dynasty and Congress, because there are lot of interesting things you are missing in your life. Further, a Hitler “DUPLICATE” did not meet Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, but it was more than one, i.e. “DUPLICATES”. Got it!

      Please take my comments with a pinch of salt and in the right spirit. Oh! Sorry. How can I commit this bhool? You have rhino-skin and impervious to ridicule and sarcasm. In a way it is good.

      • Nelson Lewis – Further, a Hitler “DUPLICATE” did not meet Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, but it was more than one, i.e. “DUPLICATES”. Got it!

        Sir, when Bose met some one, thinking him to be Hitler, it could be only one and not all the duplicates! Got it?

        But, the entire naration of Bose meeting Hitler is not documented. Which is your source?

        My question was how could you claim if Subas met the true Hitler or his duplicate! You could not even understand such simple things.

        Did Subhas wrote a letter to you? If you say so, I would oblige you by believing you.

        • B.N. Pai,

          The problem with you is that you are totally regimented and brained-washed by some people (who it is, I do not know) and, therefore, obsessed with the Dynasty making you to come to their defence and fight on their behalf tooth-and-nail, tom-tom their genuine or perceived achievements or have sweet dreams of the Dynasty while you are in slumber and the next morning you arise as fresh as a morning mist and shout, “Presto! I got it. I got it ………,” and then pen some figment of your imagination, accuse people of being sympathisers of some communal or fascists organizations, demand them to produce proofs, etc. Does your knowledge of the world go beyond Dynasty?

          My comments on Subhas Chandra Bose are explicit to anyone who has basic knowledge of the English language. I was probably not born when this personality vanished and so I have not met him, not written to him and, therefore, the question of me having his letter does not arise. Academically speaking, if he was alive I would not have taken the pains to write to him, because what little I have read and know about him, does not or did not warrant it.

          I think you have read the book “Don Quixote” by Don Miguel de Cervantes and this must have had a profound influence on you, making you suffer from hallucinations and getting into trances.

          • Nelson Lewis: “I think you have read the book “Don Quixote” by Don Miguel de Cervantes and this must have had a profound influence on you, making you suffer from hallucinations and getting into trances.”

            SIR, NOBODY NEEDS TO READ “the book “Don Quixote” by Don Miguel de Cervantes”, IF HE READS YOU!!!

    • “it would be interesting to know the truth. Did Pandit Nehru consider Netaji as a threat to his ambitions? The country wants to know?” by Drona.

      I agree with you. I too would like to know. However, due to secrecy and many other reasons, we humble people may not come to know and many findings in India have been kept under the wraps since independence.

      Drona, can you give us a solution to this problem? Put on your thinking cap. How about approaching the Dynasty’s historian, Advocate, B.N. Pai? Let us hear from him. His words of wisdom may be acceptable to most of us.

    • drona – “The country wants to know.”

      Sir, your quest to know the truth is commendable! Nevertheless, alas, you seem to be under a wrong notion that the country wants to know the truth. The country is not!

      Dear Dronaachaaryaa, coming to your question ‘Did Pandit Nehru consider Netaji as a threat to his ambitions?’ Let us piece together historic facts to deduce and decide what the truth was.

      1. Netaj Bose was supported by Nehru when he contested and became the president of the Indian National Congress, defeating the nominee supported by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Later to oblige Gandhi, he resigned and formed the Forward Block, then an organization under the Congress umbrella.

      2. The decision to give independence to India was taken by the British Empire only in June 1947. Till then, there could be no ambition for Nehru to think of anything ambitious about.

      3. But, Netaji died as declared by Japan, a friend of Netaji, on July 18, 1945. It was two years before the Empire decided to give independence to India.

      4. Netaji’s German wife, Emilie Schenkl, writes a letter to the Government of British India, a foe of Netaji, in June 1946, declaring herself to be netaji’s widow and asking them not to spread false rumours saying that, what Japan said about Netaji’s death was false and that Netaji was mobilizing attack on British India, from Russia and China, was also wrong. So, even Netaji’s wife said one year prior to getting independence that Netaji was in fact dead in 1945.

      5. The so called ambitions of Nehru and the allegation that Bose being an obstacle to Nehru’s ambitions; is to be evaluated in the light of the above facts. Please decide for yourself and please publish your finding to help the others know what you think is a fact.

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