Mystery Behind the Netaji Mystery

The real mystery is who concocted the story of Netaji’s death in plane crash that…

The real mystery is who concocted the story of Netaji’s death in plane crash that never took place and then tried to cover up the truth for 70 years.

By releasing the files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the West Bengal Chief Minister Smt Mamta Bannerji has performed a valuable national service. It is only a matter of time before the Central Government releases files in its possession also.

While this is certainly to be welcomed, there are challenges ahead, especially with the files in Delhi. They are likely to be in several languages, English, Hindi, Bengali, possibly also Russian and Japanese. In addition, scholars should have some idea of what to look for, because much of it will be routine and of little historical interest. So scholars will have to separate wheat from the chaff.

First we can look at the key facts that are well established. Netaji did not die in a plane crash in 1945 in Taiwan because there was no plane crash. And this was known to all the governments, including the Indian, then headed by Pandit Nehru. The question is who had the most to gain by this coverup operation. The Japanese might have wished that Bose might speak on their behalf with the Soviets who had just declared war against the Japanese.

Nehru feared Bose’s return might pose a threat to his position. There is some evidence to suggest that Bose was a Soviet guest-cum-prisoner from 1945 to 1950.  That was just before the Korean War when Mao’s China and the Soviet Union were extremely close. The Soviets might have come to an understanding with Nehru that they would hold Netaji in custody in exchange for Nehru following a pro-Chinese policy. Nehru did follow a strongly pro-Chinese policy by first declining a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, and later by surrendering Tibet against the advice of Sardar Patel and others. The documents might shed light on it.

If true it would explain why Nehru and successive Congress governments found it necessary to suppress these documents.

This is only a conjecture. While plausible, only the release of all the documents can settle it.

Then there is something else, potentially even more damaging to Nehru. It is believed in some circles that at the time of the transfer of power (1946 – 47) the then interim Government of India headed by Nehru had agreed to hand over Netaji Bose to the British to be tried as a war criminal. Nehru denied it, as indeed he would, but there could be letters and other documents that might support it.

All these may be dismissed as conspiracy theories. Such theories are bound to flourish when evidence is suppressed. The only way to stop such theories is to open the documents, no matter whose reputation is at stake. Truth and history are far more important than personalities, no matter how exalted.

Dr. N.S. Rajaram is an Indian mathematician, notable for his publications on the Aryan Invasion debate, Indian history, and Christianity. Among his numerous books, the “The Dead Sea scrolls and the crisis of Christianity” is widely acclaimed.

  • deshbhakt

    Nehru comes across as an evil man who can do anything for personal gain….time to erase nehru from public memory….

  • Subramaniam Narasimhan

    Respected Sir,

    My salutations to your scholarship and the methodologies you employ in
    analyzing various issues.

    It is explicable that any Governments headed by the congress party, in their
    own interests would suppress this matter.

    It is also understandable that Governments headed by erstwhile congress party
    men – Late Messrs Morarji Desai, Charan Singh, V.P.Singh, Chandrasekar, IK
    Gujaral and Mr. Deve Gowda — would also do the same out of eternal and
    insentient loyalty to their one time leader and benefactor J.Nehru.

    What is more than an enigma — it was indeed gravely erroneous — is that the
    same act was perpetrated by the Government led by the first non-congress party
    man, Mr. Atal Behari Vajapayee and his lieutenant Mr. L.K.Advani.

    Had Mr. Vajapayee de-classified these files during his tenure as PM exposing
    the dubious role of J.Nehru and his cohorts in this matter, thereby sullying
    the reputation of the congress party in 2004 ahead of the elections, we would,
    in all probability, not have experienced the tragedy of UPA governments.

    Under similar circumstances, had their roles been reversed, a congress party
    would certainly have turned the tables against their opponents in 2004.

    Mr. Vajpayee neither had the courage to do this nor did he have the killing
    instincts of the congress party.

    We can only fervently hope that PM Mr. Narendra Modi does not follow in the
    footsteps of Mr. Vajapayee and Mr. Advani and does the needful in the interests
    of the Nation.

  • Sekhars

    Modi must fulfil this promise and release every thing it is about time. More harm is done by cover up