22 Jan : A website dedicated to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose will be launched on Friday on the occasion of the 112th birth anniversary of the leader, offering some insights into his sudden disappearance in August 1945.
The web site, www.subhaschandrabose.org, will be hosted by a Delhi-based non-profit trust, Mission Netaji, and Kolkata-based Jayasree Prakashan, according to a press note released on Thursday.
Mission Netaji has been working for few years to bring to the public domain all documents related to inquiries about Bose’s disappearance in August 1945, the note said.
"Many of these documents are still classified as ‘Top Secret’ and considered to be highly sensitive by the Government of India".
"So far Mission Netaji has succeeded in obtaining the release of 91 selected documents which were placed before the G D Khosla Commission, set up to re-investigate the disappearance of Bose. These documents will be available through the new website," the press note said.
The website for the first time will offer Boses’ writings, speeches, letters, and studies by his contemporaries, scholars and family members who were closely associated with his work.
"It is regrettable that works of Netaji are not easily available today. Many books are out of print and books that are available are so highly priced that they cannot be afforded by a majority of those who want to study him seriously," Chandrachur Ghose, a representative of the Mission Netaji, said.
The site will also host one of the oldest Indian magazines on socio-political issues — Jayasree — which was first published in 1931 by revolutionary Leela Roy, a close associate of Bose.
The magazine was named by Rabindranath Tagore and noted painter Nandalal Bose did the illustration for the cover page of its first issue.
Jayasree Prakashan was the first to publish Bose’s selected works in Bengali.