On Netaji’s birth anniv, PM Modi declassifies 100 files

Rajat Kain

File photo-PTI

File photo-PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday declassified 100 secret files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The files were made public at the National Archives in New Delhi by PM Modi in the presence of Netaji’s family members. Earlier in the day, he had announced the unveiling of files while paying tributes to the late freedom fighter on his birth anniversary. The Prime Minister had last year assured Netaji’s family of declassifying the files pertaining to his mysterious disappearance.

“Today is a special day for all Indians. Declassification of Netaji files starts today,” he shared on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

Besides, paying tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary, PM Modi said generations of Indians remember him for his bravery and patriotism.

“Remembering Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary. His bravery and patriotism endears him to several Indians across generations,” he tweeted.

Union Home minister Rajnath Singh too paid tributes to Netaji Bose saying, “I bow to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary today. He is one of the greatest heroes of India’s freedom struggle”.

FILE: New Delhi: File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a group photograph with the family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, at 7, Race Course Road, in New Delhi on October 14, 2015.  Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi: File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a group photograph with the family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, at 7, Race Course Road, in New Delhi on October 14, 2015.
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Earlier last year, Prime Minister Modi had announced declassification of files while hosting Netaji’s family members at his official residence in the national capital Delhi. 50 members of Netaji’s family were hosted by the Prime Minister at his 7, Race Course Road resident, where they had urged him to set in motion the release of secret files. The subject of his mysterious disappearance 70 years ago continues to be a talking point even today.

“Process of declassification of files relating to Netaji will begin on 23rd January 2016, Subhas Babu’s birth anniversary,” PM Modi had then written on a micro-blogging site Twitter after his meeting with Bose’s kin in October last year.

“There is no need to strangle history”, he had further opined adding, “Nations that forget their history lack the power to create it”.

Besides, the Prime Minister had also said that he will urge foreign governments to declassify files on Netaji available with them by writing to them and personally taking up with foreign leaders.

That was followed by India formally asking the Russian authorities to share any information it may have on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The issue was raised by Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj during her meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on October 20 last year.

The West Bengal government too had earlier released 64 such files amid much curiosity.

(With inputs from the PTI)