Justice Markandey Katju is “reputed” for making controversial statements, mostly because of his ignorance and incompetence in the respective area. Recently, he said the Indian freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was a Japanese agent who would have been bumped off by Japan the moment his utility for them was over. Katju may not know that during the limited time for personal engagements during his India visit in 2007, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe squeezed time to visit Bose’s residence in Kolkata. He said, “The Japanese are deeply moved by Bose’s strong will to have led the Indian independence movement from British rule. Netaji is a much respected name in Japan.” Katju may want to listen to what the Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy said about Bose, “We have not paid him due respect; it is time this is corrected.”
What caught my attention was another remark Katju made about Bose. He observed that instead of surrendering with Japan, Bose should have carried on a guerrilla war against the British. While he is wrong that Bose surrendered, let us analyse some more historical facts. Japan announced its surrender on August 15, 1945 and surrendered formally on September 2, 1945. Bose (officially) died in Taiwan on August 18, 1945. That is, Bose died just 3 days after Japan’s surrender announcement and 2 weeks before its formal surrender. Now Katju wants either BOSE to fight the guerrilla war for the three days after Japan’s surrender announcement, or BOSE’S GHOST to fight the guerrilla war after Japan’s formal surrender. Since both scenarios are implausible, it is evident that Katju either has a hollow head or is certain that Bose was alive after 1945. I am okay with both!