Today is August 18, the day on which Bose “was killed” 70 years ago in a plane crash that never took place. The Taiwan government is so sure that no plane crash occurred on that day in 1945 in their country. But Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, and their governments wanted us to believe that Bose was killed in that crash. My government has been living a lie all this while; a lie that forced it to keep Bose a combination puzzle in the outward appearance. But, a lie is a lie no matter how many times one reiterates it. If I were to use Benjamin Disraeli’s contribution to the English language, even the strongest “lies, damned lies, and statistics” cannot lend credence to the government’s weak stand about the fate of Bose. Perhaps it is an irony that our Constitution assures us of justice, equality, and liberty, the exact three things India’s liberator is denied even today.
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