Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s family, after meeting with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the capital recently, have actually gone rural with their clamour for declassification of Netaji files and the need to rewrite history in the light of Netaji’s achievements and possible survival after the official date of his death by an air crash in1945.
Recently, Subhas Chandra Bose’s grand nephew Abhijit Ray toured and took part in an annual event in memory of freedom fighter late Sasadhar Pradhan in Tenya village of Murshidabad district in West Bengal. “A huge crowd had gathered to hear me and Probir Bhattacharya on issues like Netaji’s death mystery, the declassification of secret files and his contribution to the freedom struggle,” Ray told Millennium Post.
Invitations for public discourse on Netaji are pouring in and Ray is considering going to Gaighata near the Indo-Bangladesh border and Mou gram adjacent to Tenya village for similar events on Netaji in the future. “The most striking thing about the Tenya event that a huge crowd comprising 30 something youngsters wanted to hear about Netaji’s life. I have requested the organizers of the Tenya event to form a core committee and create such events on Netaji in other villages”, said Ray.
Interestingly, many villagers refuse to accept the fact that Subhas Chandra Bose may actually be dead now.
“To them, he is still alive and may come back to address the Indian masses one day,” said Ray.
Said Sukanta Das, one of the organisers of the event at Tenya village, “For the last 25 years, we have been organizing an annual event from our club in remembrance of freedom-fighter of Tenya, Sasadhar Pradhan.
Netaji figures in the programme in some form but this year, we decided to dedicate the whole event to Netaji, especially the Azad Hind Fauj, which he founded on October 31, 1943 in Singapore.” On October 31, the whole village gathered to listen to the story of Netaji as narrated by the two invited speakers, Abhijit Ray and Probir Bhattacharya.
Interestingly, Netaji’s kin and activists like Chandrachur Ghose of Mission Netaji have so far stuck to an urban audience for supporting their cause: unveiling the truth about Netaji’s disappearance since the plane crash in August 1945.