Website On Subhash Chandra Bose’s Last Days Launched In The UK By His Grand Nephew
A website www.bosefiles.info, aimed at providing documentary evidence of the last days of Subhas Chandra Bose, the charismatic President of the Indian National Congress in 1938 and 1939 and then the Supreme Commander of the Indian National Army (INA) formed in South-East Asia, was launched in London.
The website, which is created by Bose’s grand nephew and a veteran journalist Ashis Ray will from December 14 provide weekly installments of documentary evidence revealing what really happened to Bose.
The first update will explain with documents why it is suspected that he took sanctuary in the Soviet Union.
Speaking to Asian Voice about the timing of this revelation, Ray said, “To arrive at a conclusion, we first need to eliminate what is not correct.
“This is my 25 years of investigation, and I feel this is the right time to come out with this information. I am putting forward these documents, to ensure people can judge for themselves what happened to Netaji in his last days. I urge people to visit the website and judge for themselves the merit of the documents that have and will be disclosed.”
Ray’s materials have been collected in Taiwan, Japan, Pakistan, from British archives, American experts and from Indian and Russian sources.
When asked if those government documents could be relied on, and if Nehru-Bose had a fall out, Ray added, “The two great leaders have had their difference of opinions, but both always ended their letters with ‘yours affectionately’. These concluding words speak volumes about their relationship as friends.”
The site is “dedicated to the people of India, millions of whom still worship Subhas (Bose), to (his wife) Emilie Schenkl, who died in 1996 without closure on the matter (of the mystery about his end), and (to his daughter) Dr Anita Pfaff”.
Bose reportedly died after a plane crash in Taiwan in 1945. Ray said Bose’s daughter and sole heir Dr Anita Pfaff, who lives in Germany, accepts this as being credible.
But majority of his extended family in India dispute this; and instead claim he escaped to the Soviet Union.
The website, though, has posted five documents – four of these from files of the Indian Embassy in Moscow and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – which establish Bose never went to the Soviet Union in or after 1945.
The fifth document is a statement by a Russian Ambassador in India confirming this position
Original article published in The Indian Diaspora
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