TIME flies! Legend has it that a flight takes off from the Taihoku airport and crashes down instantly on this date 68 years ago, killing the Indian freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. But what was the reality? Though the plane crash story was categorically denied by the government appointed Mukherjee commission in 2005, our administration is not ready to accept the truth. The various government departments today keep 1000+ secret documents about Bose, 33 of them with the Prime Minister’s Office itself, labelled TOP SECRET, SECRET, or CONFIDENTIAL.
We at Mission Netaji have been trying to get them since 2004-05 but every time our request gets turned down by the Home Ministry or External Affairs Ministry stating that if the truth comes out, India’s soverignty and relation with foreign countries will be affected. Maybe they are ignorant of the Thomas Mann wordings “A harmful truth is better than a useful lie”! What is the truth in this case, which the government tries to cover up with lies for the last 7 decades? Nothing but the fact that Bose was alive in India, frequently changing residences in Uttar Pradesh, refusing visitors all the time, living the life of an extraordinary sanyasi, at least until 1985. If so, who died in the crash? What made Bose live the rest of his life incognito? Our government knows best.