New Delhi, Aug 6: Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today expressed confidence that the government will take a "correct final view" after due consideration on what really happened to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose after World War II.
His assertion came just over three months after a row had broken out between Congress and BJP over the issue of the alleged snooping on Netaji's family for over two decades.
The Minister for Urban Development also announced that the government is actively considering a proposal for ensuring an appropriate memorial for Netaji in Delhi. He was addressing the National Convention on Legacy of Netaji Subhash and Azad Hind Fauj here.
Hailing Netaji as one who firmly believed in the civilisation, values and history of the country which "should form the bedrock of our national pride and collective self-confidence", Naidu said that unfortunately the great leader is "not with us".
"Nor are we clear about what really happened to him after World War II. The people of India are unbelieving and anxious about this void in our recent history.
"I am confident that the present government will take a correct final view on this question after due consideration. Netaji still inspires pride and passion in our countrymen and his contribution to our freedom struggle is an important and glorious chapter of our freedom struggle," he said.
Maintaining that the country is duty bound to sustain the memory of such a great leader, he said, "The government is actively considering a proposal of Netaji Subhash Bose - INA Trust for ensuring an appropriate memorial for Netaji in Delhi." Naidu held that the freedom struggle of India was marked by a variety of thoughts and approaches.
"It was a bouquet of individual and collective actions besides peaceful satyagraha and direct action. Even as Gandhiji was turning 'ahimsa' into a powerful weapon of our struggle, the likes of Bhagat Singh continued with their approach of unsettling the British through force.
"Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose worked with Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, Sardar Patel and others for sometime before he chose to strike a different path to liberate our country.
The struggle had two broad strands, one being that of peaceful assertion pioneered by the Mahatma and the other being direct action led by several individuals like Bhagat Singh, Chandrasekhar Azad, Bismil and later on a larger scale by Netaji," Naidu said.