January 23 – Desh Prem Diwas – the day on which Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was born. On this day last year, BJP leader Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to state that the people wanted to know how Netaji died and under what circumstances. He even challenged the UPA to declassify the secret files about Bose’s disappearance. 365 days later, it appears that the same Rajnath Singh who is India’s home minister now, has brazenly gulped down his own hot words with several glasses of cold water.
Rajnath’s home ministry and the Narendra Modi government have been turning down all RTI petitions asking to declassify those files. Why does our government go away from questions about Netaji, while it is still eager to catch hold of the LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan, who masterminded the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, which also happened decades ago? All that we at Mission Netaji have to remind the Indian government is, a lie no matter how many times you repeat it, will still be a lie. We have been fighting for the truth for over a decade now, and we will continue to fight head on, until justice is served to the man Mohandas Gandhi called “The Prince Among Patriots”.
Modi tweeted today, “His bravery, courage & patriotic zeal inspire us. On his birth anniversary, I bow to the proud son of India, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Subhas Babu’s organisation & leadership skills were exceptional. He was a phenomenal personality, for whom good of the Nation was paramount.” But it looks like that is not enough an achievement or dedication that can impress Modi to release the files about Bose!