Narendra Modi, who is known for his high regard for Subhas Chandra Bose, promised the nation that his government would seriously consider the matter of declassification. But his office continues to reject the RTI requests for declassification in the background. Here is where the West Bengal chief minister demonstrated her superiority over the Indian prime minister. Even in her silence and passivity, Mamata Banerjee has been musing on the developments. Finally, she herself made it clear – that her government is one of transparency and therefore it would declassify all the 64 files in its possession. The Bose mystery has been a demon that possessed our old leaders and governments. It made them act somewhat stolidly, awkwardly, and at times shamelessly. It needs an exorcism by someone with great will and determination. Didi is ready to play her part, but is Modi ready to become a greater exorcist? Declassification is what a responsible leader should do to respect a war hero; actions that can win temporary plaudits like garlanding a Bose bust or saluting his photograph are of much less importance.
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