The National Archives of India is placing 100 files relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in public domain after preliminary conservation treatment and digitization.
23rd January, 2016 the 119th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose will be a truly memorable one.
On this day, in a step towards unraveling the mystery surrounding Netaji’s death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will declassify some secret files.
A small gathering of people, including family members of Netaji and some leaders, would attend the event. Some of the family members who have already reached Delhi described this day as a momentous one.
Last year on 14th October PM Modi had promised to declassify Netaji files when he met 35 members of Netaji’s family at his official residence. The Prime Minister will live up to this promise on Saturday.
Earlier the Mamata Banerjee led TMC government in West Bengal declassified 64 files which were in the possession of the Kolkata police and West Bengal police.
Meanwhile, a UK website set up to catalogue the last days of Subhas Chandra Bose has released the evidence given by a Taiwanese official who claimed to have prepared Netaji’s body for cremation after his death in a plane crash in 1945.
The testimony, contained in UK Foreign Office file No FC1852/6 and dating back to 1956, is among the last few documents to be released by www.bosefiles.info.
The website has been set up to establish that the Netaji died in a crash on the outskirts of an airfield in Taipei on 18 th August, 1945.
In their meeting with the Prime Minister at his residence, Netaji’s family members brought up the issue of global declassification of Netaji files.
The Centre has already initiated a dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the issue of accessing KGB files on Bose and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has written to Japan, Russia, Britain and Germany regarding the secret files in their countries.