Declassification of Netaji files begins on Saturday: Modi

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) The declassification of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose files will begin on Saturday, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while paying tribute to the freedom fighter on his birth anniversary.


“Today (Saturday) is a special day for all the Indians. Declassification of Netaji files starts on Saturday. Will go to National Archives myself for the same,” Modi said in a tweet.

In another tweet, Modi said: “Remembering Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary. His bravery and patriotism endears him to several Indians across generations.”

Modi will release digital copies of 100 files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose following the government’s decision to declassify files on the freedom fighter.

The files, digitised and given “preliminary conservation treatment” by the National Archives of India, will be released on the birth anniversary of Bose.

The release of the files “will meet the long-standing public demand” and “will also facilitate scholars to carry out further research on Netaji”, a culture ministry statement said.

The National Archives received 990 declassified files pertaining to the Indian National Army (INA) from the defence ministry in 1997.

Netaji, one of the leading lights of the Indian freedom struggle, set up the INA during World War II to take on the British Indian Army.

A former Congress president and once a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, Bose’s reported death in a plane crash in Formosa, now Taiwan, in 1945 has remained a mystery.

Bose was born on January 23, 1897 in Cuttack, Odisha.


  1. There are many illiterates on this forum who accuse RSS leaders for their comments on Nazis back in 1940s!! As I have repeatedly reminded them, Netaaji S.Bose was also actively working with Nazis and imperial Japan. One has to analyse desha-kaala-sthithi to understand some of these historical events. ‘My enemy’s enemy is my friend’ is one of the oldest logic used for thousands of years in power struggle. British were directly ruling us and they were the biggest enemy to Bharatha. In fact, there is plenty of historical evidence to show how Churchill caused hundreds of thousands of civilian death by starvation in Bengal area by confiscating food supply to feed British troops.

    Again, political illiterates make sweeping comments without understanding these finer details and historical understanding of 1930s in Indian subcontinent. The public fascination with Netaji was mainly due to his opposition to two of the most powerful factions of 1930s in India – British power and pacifist Congress party leadership!!!

    • Original R.Pai – ” The public fascination with Netaji was mainly due to his opposition to two of the most powerful factions of 1930s in India – British power and pacifist Congress party leadership!!!”

      Sir, you are changing your stance. RSS created “The public fascination with Netaji” by levelling false accusations against Nehru by saying Subhas Chandra Bose was alive till long after Independence to india and that Nehru arranged for his imprisonment somewhere and kept it a secret, because according to RSS publicity, Nehru was afraid of Subhas Chandra Bose. It was in line with another such accusation that Nehru got Shyama Prasad Mukherji killed through Sheik Abdullah by administering slow poison to him during his Srinagar detention.

      Now, the kissing and hugging of Sheikh Abdullah, his son Farooq Abdullah and his grandson Omar Abdullah by RSS and repeatedly making them ministers in the BJP governments, proved that the “martyrdom” of Shyama Prasad Mukherji is false.

      Now again, the imprisonment of Subhash by Nehru also stands proved as false by the “Secret Files” released by Modi.

      Sir, “desha-kaala-sthithi” compel you and your RSS to accept the false propaganda that you were indulging in to successfully mislead the people to capture political power! Stop talking about unconnected issues to duck your responsibility and shift focus from RSS and BJP cowardice and frauds. Talk sense!

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