Our family united in demand for declassifying files, says Netaji's grand nephew

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Berlin, April 14: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grand nephew Surya Bose on Monday said in an exclusive interview with ANI, that his entire family was united in its demand for declassification of all documents related to the iconic leader of India's freedom struggle. [Is the Netaji issue getting a deliberate push ahead of the Bengal polls?]

"I think as far as declassification is concerned to the best of my knowledge at the moment I think the whole family is united. But there are differences of opinion as far as the plane crash theory is concerned. But, the majority of the family as of now do not believe in it," Bose said in the interview. [PM Modi meets Netaji's grand nephew]


Bose said the reason for not believing the version is that is available in the public domain, what the three inquiry commissions have revealed and what people have heard from reliable resource.

A major controversy erupted in India recently after two recently declassified files revealed that the government of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, had carried out surveillance on Netaji's family members between 1948 and 1968.

Earlier, two recently declassified IB files had revealed that the former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru-led government had order surveillance on Netaji's kin between 1948 and 1968. While the ruling BJP said the surveillance carried out then should be probed, the Congress alleged it to be an attempt to malign the Nehru-Gandhi family.

It was also reported that the Intelligence Bureau had shared Netaji's family details with Britain's M15 in 1947.

The files revealed that the IB had put two Bose family homes at Woodburn Park and Elgin Road in Kolkata under scanner.

Surya Bose also said in the interview that Netaji had an eminent role to play in the country's freedom struggle. Stressing Netaji's role in India's freedom struggle, Bose said it was the leader's Indian National Army that gave the final blow which sent the British home and it was admitted by British prime minister Clemet Attlee and Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India and first Governor General of independent Dominion of India.

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