The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has been a hot topic in India, but only among certain groups. For the general public, the importance mostly lied with the colourful scam stories and numerous controversies which see no dearth in India. But a recent news had the potential to surprise the media and thereby the public. The issue was about the declassification of the secret Netaji files with the Indian government. The team behind the revelation was Mission Netaji.
Mission Netaji received some documents from the National Archives in New Delhi that clearly showed that Netaji’s relatives Amiya Nath Bose and Sisir Kumar Bose were spied on by the Indian government for a 20-year period from 1948 to 1968. This is an encroachment to personal freedom and privacy of individuals who had no threat and who did not pose threat to anyone else. The news was darling for the media, with India Today breaking the news and the most followed Indian newsperson Arnab Goswami conducting a 60-minute debate on the issue on his Newshour show. The show ended with Arnab’s promise that Times Now will follow up this matter. Anuj Dhar represented Mission Netaji on the show.
The news was given great importance in the national media and the Malayalam media today, even in the print versions of newspapers which are known to traditionally ignore Netaji news. The latest issue of India Today magazine carried a cover story on the Netaji files issue. We had to wait 10 long years for such media presence. This is just the beginning. We are committed to get the truth out.