‘Movement will continue till declassification is complete’

‘Movement will continue till  declassification is complete’
“Our movement will continue till all the secret files on Netaji — domestic and foreign — are released. We cannot rest till <g data-gr-id="34">then</g> but the Prime Minister assured that all the files would be released beginning Jan 23, 2015. Before <g data-gr-id="33">that</g> he is also going to Russia and will talk about releasing KGB files to the Russian government. Modiji was extremely cordial to us…we had high tea after the function when we moved indoors from the lawns…We had samosas, dhoklas, sweets, fruits and tea. We were pleasantly surprised that Babul Supriyo, <g data-gr-id="30">minister</g> from Bengal was there to receive us. In fact, he sang a nice Rabindrasangeet  for us all, <g data-gr-id="35">tomare</g> <g data-gr-id="36">koriyachi</g> <g data-gr-id="37">jeebonero</g> <g data-gr-id="38">dhrubotara</g>…”, recounted Abhijit Ray, Sarat Chandra Bose’s grandson, who was present for at the Race Course Road meeting. Ray was taking a flight to Kolkata on Thursday night.

Samiran Bose, Suresh Chandra Bose’s grandson and Netaji’s grandnephew, however, told Millennium Post that he was looking for more information on the INA (Indian National Army founded by Netaji)soldiers from the declassified files. The INA men did not get any justice from the Congress Government after they surrendered in 1945. “In the memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister, we have asked for freedom fighter status for the INA soldiers, they fought for India’s freedom after all. Their families should be taken care of at least now,” said Samiran Bose.

The meeting with Modi was attended by 35 family members of Netaji and 15 experts —researchers, historians, lawyers — on the subject. The Central government has about 134 secret files in its custody — and the family placed a  demand for their declassification. The West Bengal government has already released 64 files on Netaji that were in its custody. There are indications from these intelligence documents that Bose was alive after 1945 and visited countries like China and Russia.
Nandini Guha

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