Netaji files: Centre hinges hopes on files with Japan

RSTV Bureau
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Two crucial files relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose will be declassified by Japan, the Central government apprised Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Speaking during the Question Hour, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju said that Japanese authorities will declassify the two files by the end of this year. However, there is no assurance regarding three more such files with Japan.

“Japan has conveyed to us that they will declassify two of the five files by the end of this year but no commitment has been given to the rest of the three files. But we are hopeful that they will declassify the remaining three files too,” he said.

The MoS Home also claimed that Japan could be crucial to resolve the mystery over the fate of Netaji Bose.

Apprising the lower house further, Rijiju said two files relating to Netaji which were with the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Home Affairs continue to be missing and efforts were on to trace them.

While the file, which was with the PMO, related to bringing back the ashes believed to be of Netaji from Renkoji temple in Japan to India and installation of his statue at Red Fort, the file which was with the MHA too related to the ashes.

PM Modi at release of Netaji files 23012016, Delhi PIB PhotoDecision to declassify secret files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was taken by the Centre early last year after Prime Minister met with the members of Netaji’s family. Earlier this year, after declassifying the files, PM Modi urged foreign governments to declassify files on Netaji available with them.

Lending details about India’s outreach to number countries to retrieve any documents related to Netaji, Rijiju told the house that Austria, Russia and the United States have conveyed they do not have any file or document relating to Netaji, while United Kingdom said that all 62 files under their possession were given to British Library and are available for public. Germany too has declassified and archived files relating to Netaji.

One of the greatest freedom fighters, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s mysterious death in August 1945 continues to be the talking point even today.

Talking about the probe launched over Netaji’s death by several past governments, Kiren Rijiju said the first two inquiry commissions had suggested that Bose died in a plane crash in Taihoku (now Taipei) on August 18, 1945, but the Mukherjee commission had rejected the conclusions of the previous two inquiry commissions.

“We are not in a position to say actually what had happened to Netaji,” he said.

MoS Home also added that around 150 Netaji files have been declassified so far and were available online, while 25 more files each are being uploaded online every month.

(With inputs from the PTI)