To brush the truth under the carpet is called a cover up. There is no nation in this world that has not had a cover up or two. If it got buried for good, it was a successful one and if the truth came out, it was a failed one. In most cases they have been successful in generating immense curiosity among the common citizens, but inspired information hungry mongers go to great lengths and attempt to offer a logical and satisfying explanation. Walking on the very same line, let’s explore 3 death mysteries in India that found their origin on political landscape.
3. Mystery of Sanjay Gandhi’s Death
On June 23, 1980, the all powerful younger son of Indira Gandhi, who had an unquenchable taste for power, died in an air crash under suspicious circumstances in Delhi. He had just been elected an MP and was the father of a three day old baby boy. His tryst with power had rendered many politicians uncomfortable. Sanjay’s methods of gaining support were close to that of a cold blooded dictator.
Though he personified the youth of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and would marked to be Prime Minister one day but people either loved him or hated him immensely. He even managed to make his own mother insecure about her dreams of ruling the country for years to come. His quick rise in popularity and rising number of supporters made her uneasy. He died as a ruthless visionary with unfinished dreams. His plane crashed while he was trying a loop at the Delhi Flying Club.
2. Lal Bahadur Shastri Death in 1966
Our generation knows of Shastri as the second Prime Minister of India. Historians have credited him for being a great patriot, a freedom fighter and a good orator who was always proud of his nation. Strangely the country’s second premier died under suspicious circumstances in a foreign country and nobody made a noise about it. We did not vote for him, but sure do find it strange that we as nation did nothing about it. Shastri’s wife had alleged that he was poisoned and there were cuts on his body. Her repeated requests for a post mortem were denied.
His personal physician who had accompanied him to Russia was killed in a car accident. A request under Right To Information Act (RTI) about his death papers were denied. A certain lady from a political dynasty did benefit from Shastri’s untimely death in a foreign land.
1. Subhash Chander Bose Disappearance
It sure is one of the top most cover ups of free India. Till date we do not know if Netaji was killed, murdered or alive after his plane crashed in 1945. Members of INA refused to believe that he had died in the air crash. Due to conflicting versions handed out by the government, Bose was believed to be alive after the reported air crash death. A few British archive documents now reveal that the plane crash in Japan was pre planned. It has also been reported that Bose was on his way to Russia, on a secret mission, with a plane full of riches from the INA fund.
After studying the documents of British intelligence made public, it is obvious that Nehru knew about his whereabouts. Nehru went to great lengths to keep this information under cover. Shocking as it may sound, if the parliamentary records of 3rd August, 1977 are checked, you might stumble upon a letter Bose wrote to Nehru asking him to make arrangements for his return. All classified files of INA were handled by Nehru himself and reported missing by Indira Gandhi. A certain Bhagwanji Baba, spotted at various places in UP, was rumored to be Bose but it could never be ascertained.