West Bengal government to release Netaji files

Kolkata, Sep 11 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced making public the government documents on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

“We have decided to put in public domain all government files on Netaji that we have,” Banerjee told media persons at the state secretariat.

Bureaucrats at the prime minister’s office, home ministry and ministry of external affairs have so far stonewalled attempts to access the classified files that can throw light on Netaji’s disappearance.

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  1. One theory about India’s foremost freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s disappearance is somewhat like indicated below. Netaji was in Japan when WW II ended. Erstwhile Soviet Union, a staunch enemy of Japan’s war time ally Nazi Germany, however had normal relations with Japan except towards the end of the war, when it declared war on Japan. Netaji had no quarrel with Soviet Union. Soviet Union was ruled then by its notorious dictator Joseph Stalin. Netaji wanted to continue India’s freedom struggle with help from Soviet Union if possible. Stalin reportedly facilitated Netaji’s escape to Soviet Union but put him under arrest immediately thereafter. Stalin then reportedly send message to Britain (a war time ally in paper) that he was willing to hand over Netaji to Britain provided Britain helps in capturing and handing over a very prominent Christian leader to him for trial and inevitable execution. That Christian leader reportedly had tried to assassinate Stalin on many occasions in the past, but failed. He was also closely allied to Nazi Germany. Stalin however wanted the trial to focus on “genocidal issues” only, to secure optimum results. Britain obviously refused. Netaji continued to languish in the prisons of Soviet Union, but what happened to him in 1953 is a mystery. He was reportedly executed by Stalin in 1953, though another theory suggests that he survived Stalin’s death and was “secretly released” by Stalin’s successors, but his whereabouts remained and still remain a secret. The Christian leader sought for by Stalin was Pope Pius XII, the then head of the Roman Catholic Church.

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