While drawing up an agenda for the meeting, Netaji’s family members, who were going to ask for complete declassification of all secret files and documents on Netaji at the national and international level, were apprehensive that all IB documents (under the custody of the central government) may not be opened or made public. “When our kin Madhuri Bose filed an RTI with the UK government for declassifying secret files on Bose, she was told that the UK government will scrutinise the files and then revert. The same might happen in India,” Abhijit Ray, Sarat Chandra Bose’s grandson, told Millennium Post.
Netaji’s disappearance since August 1945 has remained a mystery to the nation for over 70 years now. Netaji’s family along with a motley group of activists, lawyers, experts (about 50 in number) are scheduled to meet the PM on Oct 14 at his residence. Modi had promised to a few members of the family in May this year at the Raj Bhavan, Kolkata that he would help declassify the secret files and thereby facilitate cracking the leader’s disappearance mystery.
The demand for declassification of all central and foreign documents on Netaji was the single most important demand to be made by the group meeting Modi. The family spokesperson Chandra Kumar Bose (Netaji’s grand nephew) is already in Delhi. Abhijit Ray, Sarat Chandra Bose’s grandson, Chitra Ghosh(Sarat Bose’s daughter) will be reaching Delhi on Tuesday.
“We want immediate declassification of the central government files on Netaji. The West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has already made public the 64 files in her custody. We also want all
relevant foreign countries to release the relevant files on Netaji,” Chandra Kumar Bose said. The state governments of <g data-gr-id="35">Odhisa</g>, Bihar, UP, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab may also be having relevant documents on Netaji.
Said Netaji’s grand nephew and <g data-gr-id="30">Sisir</g> Bose’s son, Sugato Bose, MP, in a Facebook post, “If the files are released, Indian history will change and with it world perception about many of the so-called liberators of mankind in the dark hours of the second World War, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin et al, as their mischievous designs to plot and doom their arch enemy Bose will be laid bare.”
Meanwhile, the family members have decided to present the PM with a photograph of Netaji, books penned by <g data-gr-id="32">Subhat</g> Chandra Bose and his elder brother Sarat Chandra Bose, along with an official memorandum tabling their demands. The whole nation will be watching.