Spoke at the national seminar on Decoding Netaji Mystery at SN College, Kollam. The seminar was conducted by the History department of the college in association with Mission Netaji. Our lead man Anuj Dhar was the chief guest. This is his first visit to Kerala, and my second seminar at SN College.
Attended the release function of two books on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, at the Mathrubhumi International Book Fair in Thrissur. Received the books from thinker-writer K Venu. Kerala Sahitya Akademi secretary R Gopalakrishnan, authors PS Rakesh, N Moosakkutty, and Mathrubhumi’s Dineshan Karippally also attended the function.
Will speak about Mission Netaji and the importance of declassification at the national seminar on the Netaji mystery at Kollam SN College on December 8. My good friend Anuj Dhar will deliver a talk on the mystery in detail. This will be my second function at SN College, and Anujda’s first in Kerala. Sincere thanks to the college authorities; special thanks to the department of history.
Will attend the release function of two books on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Thrissur on December 6. The event is being held as part of the Mathrubhumi Books International Book Festival. More than 10 lakh books from 350 publishers will be available at the event, which lasts from November 27 to December 13. Other people attending the event include Chandrasekhara Kambara, C Radhakrishnan, Subhash Chandran, Mammootty, B Sandhya IPS, IM Vijayan, and MP Veerendra Kumar. One book is Subhas Chandra Bose-inte Thirodhanam [Disappearance of Subhas Chandra Bose] by PS Rakesh and the other is the Athmakatha, a translation of Netaji’s autobiography An Indian Pilgrim, by N Moosakkutty.
The Congress is as blemished as KM Mani in the bar bribery case. As a last attempt, the government brought Kapil Sibal to defend Mani in High Court, but even that couldn’t prevent the inevitable. Immediately after the High Court opined that it was leaving the matter of resignation to Mani’s conscience, the first and second lines of UDF leadership stood firm and demanded Mani’s resignation. In effect, the Congress was waiting for something like this when nothing was working in their advantage. Now, a tainted Mani might not get support from either the CPI (M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) or the BJP who have been opposing him, although both did show interest in him being their ally not long ago. In any case, the people are watching, and it is not easy to fool them so easily. The writing is on the wall, and Chandy will struggle to change things around once more.
Along with the prime minister’s decision to declassify the secret Netaji files, Mission Netaji’s efforts also got a great mention in the print, television, and online media throughout India, and Malayalam media is not to be left out. Here are a few:
The prime minister said that it does not befit the nation to still keep files about Netaji secret. He blamed the bureaucracy for turning down the Right to Information (RTI) appeals in this matter citing several reasons that do not make any sense today. Modi said he believes in transparency and will continue to show respect to national heros like “Subhas babu”. No doubt his decisions will create uneasiness among the bureaucrats, but his hinting that the bureaucracy dictates things in a democracy must be looked at with the seriousness it deserves.
I was one of the three Mission Netaji panelists on Times Now Newshour with Arnab Goswami on October 14. The debate also had as panelists Chandra Kumar Bose, Ardhendu Bose, Abhijt Ray, Major General GD Bakshi, CR Kesavan, Siddharthnath Singh, and Sukhendu Sekhar Roy. Kesavan attempted to hijack the show by resorting to the only plan the Congress party has in this matter – shout the opposition out!