Netaji files: India asks Russia to share any available info

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New Delhi: 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

New Delhi: 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

India on Tuesday formally asked the Russian authorities to share any information it may have on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Earlier last week, hosting Netaji’s family, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced of pursuing with some foreign countries to share any information they may be having on the nationalist leader. The issue was raised by External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj during her meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

“The Russian Minister said he will look into the matter and will let India know if there was any information,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

Sushma Swaraj is in Moscow to participate in the inter-governmental commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation.

The 70 year-old mystery surrounding the disappearance of Netaji Bose continues to be the talking point even today and perhaps more so after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the decision to declassifying secret files on Netaji Bose. Earlier last month, West Bengal government too had declassified files which were in the possession of the state government and its departments.

In their meeting with the Prime Minister at his official residence in Delhi last week, Bose’s family had expressed an apprehension that number of countries including Japan, Russia, Germany and Britain “have information” on his disappearance.

Assuring Netaji’s kin, PM Modi said he will urge the foreign governments to declassify files on Bose available with them by writing to them and personally taking it up with their leaders.

Sushma-genEarlier on Tuesday, in her meeting with Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj called Russia as India’s “tried and tested partner” and a “real friend”.

In Moscow to participate at the inter-governmental commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation, Ms Swaraj will also be co-chairing a panel along with Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

“I want to tell you that Russia is India’s tried and tested partner and a real friend. Our foreign policy towards Russia has always been the same,” Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in Moscow after meeting Mr. Lavrov.

On his part, the Russian Foreign ministers expressed hope that Ms Swaraj’s visit will provide impetus to India-Russia ties. Referring to India’s entry into Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Sergey Lavrov said that its full membership will give boost to the efforts of the group in achieving its goals.

The SCO had set in motion the process of granting India a full membership of the grouping at its meeting in the Russian city of Ufa in July. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladmir Putin had met at the BRICS summit and SCO meet at Ufa earlier this year in July. Both the sides had agreed on the mutual vision document “Druzhba-Dosti.”

(With inputs from the PTI)