Seminar on Netaji’s disappearance

It was Desh Prem Diwas on January 23rd, the 117th birth anniversary of the legendary Indian freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. We at Mission Netaji could organise and participate in a lot of national and state level programs on the day in various cities. The idea we projected for the occasion was total declassification of the files related to Bose. The most important event for the day was the declassification march organised in Kolkata by like minded associations and people including the Bose family.
I was invited to speak at a seminar organised by the Department of History at the Sree Narayana College, Kollam. The seminar was titled “Decoding Netaji Mystery” and the topic was about the mysterious disappearance of Bose in 1945. I spoke for 2.5 hours and the response I received was encouraging. It was the first time I was speaking to 130+ students of history and political science in a single function. The talk went beyond the regular lunch break, but it was great to see the students staying back and asking questions about the disappearance of Bose – clear indication that Bose is no longer a forgotten hero. My sincere thanks to the college authorities, especially the principal Dr Sushama Devi, History Department Head Dr PR Jayachandran, and Assistant Professor Rishy N.

It is heartening to see the idea of declassification gaining mileage at the national level. The newly formed political outfit Aam Aadmi Party demanded complete declassification of Netaji files in Kolkata. The BJP president Rajnath Singh demanded the centre to make public all the secret information it possesses about Bose. He also promised that the BJP would disclose all such materials if they come to power.

Seminar inauguration by Dr Sushama Devi
Speaking at the event
Speaking at the event
An extended QA session with students
News coverage in Mathrubhumi daily on 24-Jan-2014


Photos: Rishy N.

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2 responses to Seminar on Netaji’s disappearance

  1. Would have loved to hear it Sreejith 🙂 One of the many mysteries which needs a closure. Do hope that as a mature society we get to know the truth however bitter that may be

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