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Photo triggers questions on Netaji's confinement in Russia


C. S. BHATTACHARJEE | Kolkata, February 14, 2012 14:59
Tags : Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose | photograph revealed | RGAKFD |

Latest revelation of a photograph of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has once again rocked researchers and Bose-lovers triggering a vital question that whether Bose somehow reached Russia from Taipei even before World War-II was finally over! The photograph from Russian State Archive of Film and Photographic Document or RGAKFD, bearing a caption —“Subhas Chandra Bose during Second World War”, is actually scooped out by Dr Purabi Roy, a well-known research scholar on Netaji-Stalin era relationship.

The research strongly suggests that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, a ‘war-criminal’ in the eyes of Axis Powers, was in the USSR during the Second World War. Dr Roy is the widow of former Rajya Sabha member Kalyan Roy (CPI), whose father Kiran Shankar Roy was the Law Minister of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy government. She was also a CPI member till early 1990s, and also held a Chair in St Petersburg University. Dr Roy revealed that "she had an opportunity to locate a unique photograph of Subhas Chandra Bose taken during Second World War." Dr Roy, who taught at the Department of International Relations under Jadavpur University for more than two decades, is a scholar in Russian language and history. She incorporated new data in her latest treatise, The Search for Netaji: New findings.

The photograph (attached herewith) shows that water room-heaters are in and around Netaji. These Water Room-heaters were in use only in the USSR at that time. She claims that if the photograph is scanned, it might prove that the photograph was taken in Siberia. Interestingly, during Stalin era Russian concentration camps were located in Siberia. According to Dr. Roy, the aforesaid archive had no photographs of any Indian nationalist excepting those of Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. “Keeping in mind Bose’s Russian connection, I found the photograph very interesting”, she stated.

However, it might be too hasty to conclude that Russian ruler Josef Stalin had treated Bose as just another ‘prisoner’ in concentration camp as Stalin was well aware that Netaji had refused to let his Azad Hind Fauz (Indian National Army) soldiers fight along with the Nazi forces against the Russian army. A section of research scholars on the USSR’s role in the Second World War thinks that the Georgia-born dictator did want Bose to be handed over to the war tribunal.

Mystery over Netaji’s disappearance was first revealed by Satyendra Narain Sinha, who went to Japan, Taipei and China to follow the missing links. His article were publishes in a national daily in 1960s. But, Dr. Roy is the first who is claiming that Bose was in Russia. Reportedly Khrushchev had told an interpreter during his New Delhi visit that Bose can be produced within 45 days if Nehru wishes. But, that never happened. the Third Enquiry Commission on Netaji Disappearance, led by Justice Mukherjee, categorically announced Bose Bose did not die at the Taihoku plane crash in 1945 as there was no plane crash during that period in an around the air strip, now in Taipei. Thus the Commission had quashed the so-called urn of Netaji at Renkoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan. It may be recalled that when the ‘news’ of Bose’s death in 1945 reached, Viceroy Wavell quipped, ‘I suspect it very much.” In 1946 Gandhiji also had said, “My inner voices” would told him “Subhas is still alive and biding his time somewhere”. The latest picture points to correctness of his Father of the Nation’s ‘inner voices’.

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Posted By: Benoy Sengupta | Kolkata | September 6th 2012 | 07:09
Unveil the open secret, build public opinion for it. Every Indian has the right to know the real truth about the brave leader.
Posted By: asit guin | Tinsukia assam | September 24th 2012 | 14:09
Japan agreed to eliminate Netaji; In WW-I, Japan was an ally of British. Before WW-II, Japan-US trade war and political war started, this led to actual war between US and Japan. So British became an enemy to Japan by diplomatic manipulation as US - British alliance was there. After WW-II, Japan revived their old connection with British via spies. Japanese and British spies had links before WW-II. Japanese spies agreed to eliminate Netaji. Motive was to appease the British and purchase security for Japan royal family. Thus, Japan sold Netaji to British and British eliminated him. The false news of air crash was Japan’s fabrication. In any controversial case, liar is to be suspected first. Netaji’s plan to start second independence war with the help of USSR was known to Japan. There was enough scope for British and Japanese spies to develop a common minimum program against pro-communist agenda of Netaji. Why should Japanese imperialism agree to patronize emergence of independent India as a permanent communist ally? Is it not more logical to fulfill British condition and purchase favor? Why Japan royal family was not tried as a war criminal? What is the mystery behind this favor?
Posted By: asit guin | Tinsukia assam | October 8th 2012 | 11:10
The diary of the World War Two Prime Minister of Imperial Japan, General Hideki Tojo, was made public by his wife, as per his wishes, many years after he was hanged in 1948 for war crimes. There were reports in some Japanese newspapers that in his diary, General Tojo had written that India was to be conquered by Japan with the assistance of Subhash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army, and after that was accomplished, Bose was to be exterminated by the Japanese. This item of news did not speak well for Bose, and was therefore suppressed by the Government of India as well as the Indian media. The sum of it all was that Bose joined the wrong forces, and had to pay dearly for his folly. The British gave India independence in 1947. Had India been a colony of Germany or Japan, God only knows if and when it would have ever got its freedom.
Posted By: Biswaroop Ghosh | Delhi | November 25th 2012 | 20:11
Whatever your own opinions are in 2012, they vary widely from history. The last line of your para is amusing. If we even consider for argument's sake that India became colony of Japan or Germany, it would have got independence even earlier. And the British did not give us independence, they were compelled to do so. You may read the then British Prime Minister Atlee's views on this.
Posted By: Deb | Mumbai | February 8th 2013 | 15:02
How come you know about information which is suppressed in Indian media?

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