As the nation pays homage to Subhas Chandra Bose, one more of the mysteries surrounding the legendary freedom fighter’s after-life has emerged – a book written for the Defence Ministry in 1949-50 on the ‘History of the INA’ – which remains shrouded in secrecy till date.
Attempts by researchers on Bose to have the manuscript, compiled by a team of historians led by Late Prof Pratul Chandra Gupta, released to the public remains stonewalled despite an assurance by the central government to the Delhi High Court that it would publish it by July-end 2011.
The assurance was given after a case was filed seeking its release.
Deepening the mystery over this tome’s content is a copy of a note purportedly written by an official of the Ministry of External Affairs on the issue of publication and left strangely in the letter box of TMC MP and life-long Netaji researcher Sukhendu Sekhar Ray.
It states that while publication of the manuscript would “not impinge on India’s relationship with any country in the region… what is likely to be more controversial are the pages (186-191) pertaining to the death of Netaji Bose.” The note shared by Ray with PTI, the authenticity of which could not be ascertained, goes on to state “unfortunately, the current volume does not bring any finality to the subject (of Bose’s death) and only adds to the view that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose may have escaped alive from the plane crash.” Eyewitnesses, including his companion, Abid Hasan have testified Bose die