…someone who has died was Netaji!! If Chandra Shekhar Azad refused to get captured by the British, Netaji refuses to die – plane crash etc. not withstanding.
Earlier Commissions namely Shahnawaz Commission, made by Nehru and Khosla Commission, made by Indira Gandhi had conveniently concluded that he indeed died in the plane crash over Taiwan on August 18, 1945. However, one of the members of Shahnawaz Commission was the elder brother of Netaji and he had written a minority report against the death-in-plane-crash theory. This was supposedly never published. Khosla Commission report was rejected by the then in power Morarji Desai’s government, in light certain “contemporary official documents”. Some people point tothe book “Netaji – Dead or Alive?” by ex-MP, late Shri Samar Guha. In that book, it seems, the plane crash story has been thrashed badly. Last year Mukherjee Commission submitted the report investigating the same mystery. They categorically said that the plane crash never happened. Taiwanese government, it seems, has been saying so for quite sometime. But the report was rejected by the UPA government giving no particular reasons for doing so!
I would not form a very strong opinion based on what is available on the net, but that the issue refuses to die can not just be attributed to the sensationalist media or some vested political interests. Hardly any powerful political party is actively interested in this. But theories and evidences abound. In fact, it seems (from what I read in some of the news articles) that home ministry refused to produce certain documents before the Mukherjee Commission citing reasons like it’d tarnish Bose’s image and that making them public may sour relationship with friendly countries etc. After all these years – government still has something to hide… Pray what?? Don’t we have a right to know? I wonder if RTI Act could be used to dig some of these documents, lying hidden in the government machinery since Nehru’s time. In fact there were several documents that the commission had access to only because British and American governments have declassified them now. With them, it seems, the finger clearly gets lifted towards Nehru and later his successors in power. What were they afraid of all through? Was it just a question of power in the country? Was there something more? Exactly what?
Mukherjee Commission Report is available at http://www.missionnetaji.org/newsite/page/jmcireport_home.html
While the latest claim of the man from MP sounds like an attempt to gain cheap publicity by some villagers, the hermit from Faizabad theory does raise questions. Again, its really difficult to say that of all the things that are available on the net/news, how many are the facts, how many fabrications, and how many manipulations to prove a theory/increase cuirculation. But one thing is sure. There is a mystery and a mystery whose solution the citizens of India have a right to know. And if Netaji indeed did not die in a crash and had to live a life of misery and sufferings anywhere – Russia/India/Chine/Wherever else – those responsible at least owe an apology. Time can not be brought back, but if someone is responsible, the blame has to be fixed. Before its too late the correct the history, something needs to be done.