Is the Narendra Modi government going to go back in time and reinvent the wheel? There is strong speculation that his government is planning to declare Bharat Ratna for Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose this week ahead of the Independence Day. While bestowing the highest civilian honour on him is a good gesture, that is not the best an Indian government can do to honour him. There are hundreds of secret documents lying with various union ministries which can tell a less popular story about what actually happened to Bose – otherwise called ‘the truth’. The PMO itself is holding no less than 33 highly confidential documents about his fate. There was a similar Bharat Ratna move by the Congress government in the 1990s which was questioned by both the Bose family and the public. Finally, the government had to cancel the Bharat Ratna declaration as it could not establish Bose’s death in a plane crash. It is only logical to ask for the proof of death when a person is given an award posthumously. I hope the Modi government will show the spunk to declassify all the secret information it holds about Bose and respect him in true and complete sense.