Japan Agrees To Declassify Two Of Five Netaji Files In Its Possession

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5:47 pm 26 Apr, 2016

Japan will declassify two files related to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose later this year. The island nation has five files related to the late Indian freedom fighter in its possession.

MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informed the Parliament that though Japan has assured of the declassification of the two files, it has not made anything clear about the remaining three.

Rijiju said, “We are not in a position to say actually what had happened to Netaji.”

 

Bose delivering a speech in Tokyo in 1943. Twitter

Bose delivering a speech in Tokyo in 1943. Twitter

The minister confirmed that Austria, Russia and the United States have conveyed to the Indian government that they do not have any file or document relating to Netaji. On the other hand the United Kingdom said that all 62 files under their possession were given to British Library and are available for public.

While the Indian government has been releasing all the documents in its possession regarding Netaji’s mysterious death and disappearance, the most significant ones are perhaps in Japan.

Netaji’s ashes are believed to be in Renkoji Temple. While previous commissions launched to probe Netaji’s death in Taihoku air crash on August 18, 1945 in Taiwan concluded that the INA founder died in the crash, the Mukherjee Commission said that the ashes in the temple were not Netaji’s but of another soldier who died that same year.

 

A Japanese newspaper clipping published on August 23, 1945 announcing the death of Netaji.

A Japanese newspaper clipping published on August 23, 1945 announcing the death of Netaji.

It was because of the Mukherjee Commission’s report that a renewed interest was triggered in Netaji’s alleged death.

Besides the declassification of files, the government is also investigating the possibility of Gumnami Baba of Faizabad being Netaji.


Officials are transferring Gumnami Baba’s belongings to a museum after inspecting them and making a list. In the process, a lot of personal items directly connecting the reclusive Baba to Netaji has been found.

 

Bose with Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo in 1943. Wikimedia Commons

Bose with Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo in 1943. Wikimedia Commons

The government led by Prime Minister Modi has already declassified thousands of pages containing information on Netaji and opened them to the public.

Recently, Jawaharlal Nehru’s act of betrayal against Netaji surfaced with documents pointing at how India’s first PM allowed the spying on the family of Bose and shared info with British intelligence service MI5.

 

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