New Delhi, March 30: Going by the files that have been de-classified in India relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, it becomes increasingly clear that if the complete truth has to come out then one would have to visit the files in Russia.
There has been a major debate and many have claimed that Netaji had not died in an air crash, but had gone to Russia where he could have possibly died.
The West Bengal government first de-classified the files and the centre followed suit. While there are many ifs and buts about Netaji possibly not passing away in an air crash, there is no concrete evidence to back up that principle.
Need to go beyond:
Among the de-classified files is a letter by J N Dixit who was a secretary at the Indian Embassy in Tokyo. He says in the letter that the Japanese foreign office and academic circles had given a tentative confirmation that Netaji was not declared as a prisoner of war.
Further there are also files which show that the government of India had not considered, Bose as a war criminal.
A letter by the Ministry for External Affairs states that Netaji was killed in an air crash on August 18 1945. While most of the files do suggest that Netaji was killed in an air crash, researchers do not buy this argument.
For instance, a leading researcher on Bose, Anuj Dhar firmly believes that Netaji was not killed in an air crash.
He feels that there is more to it and the files in Russia have to be de-classified in order for the truth to come out. In the various conversations that he has had with this correspondent, he has said that for the real picture to emerge each and every file in every corner of the world needs to be de-classified.