Subhash Chandra Bose: Indian government to declassify files
India’s government has said it will begin declassifying crucial files on revolutionary leader Subhash Chandra Bose from January. Some in India have questioned the official version of events that Bose died in an aeroplane crash in 1945.
Bose had approached Germany and Adolf Hitler to form an army to end British rule in India and was wanted by allied forces. His death has been the subject of many conspiracy theories.
No photograph of the body, which was said to have been cremated in Taiwan, was released. Reports say the government has 39 classified files in its possession.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement on Wednesday after meeting 35 members of Bose’s extended family in Delhi. He said on social media that the declassification of files will begin on 23 January, the day of Bose’s birth.
“There is no need to strangle history. Nations that forget their history lack the power to create it,” Mr Modi said. He said he would also request foreign governments – beginning with Russia in December – to declassify files they have on Bose.
Theories about what “really happened” to Bose range from him being a Russian prisoner in Siberia to the claim that he spent his last years hiding in India as a holy man.
Last month, the government in West Bengal state declassified 64 files on Bose. But analysts say that the files in Kolkata were not as important as the still-classified files in Delhi.