Narendra Modi government is all set to declassify secret files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced this after hosting Netaji’s family members at his official residence in the national capital Delhi on Wednesday.
“Process of declassification of files relating to Netaji will begin on 23rd January 2016, Subhas Babu’s birth anniversary,” PM Modi wrote on a micro-blogging site Twitter after his meeting with Bose’s kin.
Saying that “there is no need to strangle history”, he further added “Nations that forget their history lack the power to create it.” .
The Prime Minister 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, beginning with Russia in December.
Earlier on Wednesday, 50 members of Netaji’s family were hosted by the Prime Minister at his 7, Race Course Road resident, where the former once again urged him to set in motion the release of secret files pertaining to the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Bose. The subject of his mysterious disappearance 70 years ago continues to be a talking point even today.
The Prime Minister had, earlier on Tuesday, termed his scheduled meeting with Netaji’s family members as an occasion of “honour” for him.
“Tomorrow is a very special day. I will meet family members of Subhas Babu at my residence. It is an honour to host them,” PM Modi wrote on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
He had also announced about this meeting earlier in his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme on September 20.
“Over 50 members of Subhas babu’s family, from various countries, will be coming… I am happy to welcome them,” the PM had said on his radio programme.
“I got an opportunity to spend some time with them. That day it was decided that the extended family of Subhas babu will visit the Prime Minister’s residence…. Last week, I got confirmation that over 50 members of Subhas babu are coming to visit the Prime Minister’s residence,” he had further said recalling his meeting with some members of the family in Kolkata earlier in May.
Off late, the West Bengal government released 64 such files amid much curiosity.
The move by West Bengal government has also put a pressure of sorts on the Centre to release classified papers on Netaji.
However, earlier in the year, the Union Home Ministry had opined before Rajya Sabha that it cannot declassify files on Netaji. In a written reply MoS Home Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, told Rajya Sabha earlier this year that the incumbent BJP-led Central government cannot declassify at least 87 top secret files containing information about Netaji essentially on grounds that they are of “sensitive nature” that could be a problem for “India’s relations with other countries”.
But on the other hand, Bose’s grand nephew Chandra Bose had said that his family will appeal to PM Modi to write to countries including Russia, Japan, China, America, UK, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia to declassify all Netaji files lying with them.
“Netaji was in touch with people in all these countries. They all have classified files relating to him. We want to take this movement of declassification to the global level to get all the clues,” Chandra Bose had said.
“Our main focus, however, would be on declassification of all Netaji files held by the Government of India. If we do not have our own files declassified, then how can we ask other nations to do it?” another family member Abhijit Ray said.
(With inputs from the PTI)