The much-awaited meeting between Netaji family members and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared the path to make public all classified files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on January 23, 2016 and more than 130 files are with the central government, which are supposed to reveal the state watch on Netaji before he smuggled himself out of India in 1939.
In a couple of tweets to the nation, Modi took the chance to make it open that the process will begin on Jan. 23, not revealing the need for four-month duration to do so. He said, “Process of declassification of files relating to Netaji will begin on 23rd January 2016, Subhas Babu’s birth anniversary,” in a tweet after meeting with 35 family members of Netaji.
“Will also request foreign Governments to declassify files on Netaji available with them. Shall begin this with Russia in December,” Prime Minister Modi said in his second tweet.
The Prime Minister has told them that there is no need to “strangle history.” and the process of making the files open will begin on Jan. 23 coinciding with Netaji’s birth anniversary.
Modi, an admirer of Netaji like many in India, wanted to brush aside the bureaucracy’s objection over de-classifying the files, which his BJP predecessor Atal Behari Vajpayee failed to do despite his promise and wish.
However, nothing much is likely to come out of these files as they have mostly been from the intelligence reports of the British Raj on all political leaders including Netaji, who was considered powerful threat during World War Two.
After leaving India, Netaji reached Germany and had support in Hitler’s regime. Later, he sailed to Singapore and then reached Japan where he was given a hero’s welcome and all the expatriates and many war prisoners of Indian origin joined him in Azad Hind Fauj that carried out war against the British rules from Andamans and Burmese border.
Recent revelation from de-classified files in West Bengal revealed considerable evidence that Netaji did not die in air crash on August 17 as claimed by the Japanese government and the British and American intelligence reports pointed out at his post-war movements without much clarity though.
The continuing confusion over Netaji’s death may further strengthen with the revelation of the files, which are purported to reveal Nehru’s role in continuing the British policy to keep Netaji family under surveillance even after Independence.