The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.
Kousik Das, E-MBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
We are still in dark even after seventy years of that mysterious plane crash of Taipei on 18th August, 1945 though there is no document of plane crash available with Taiwan government in that location and date. There is no documentary evidence to confirm our iconic leader’s death in that crash; but starting from Nehru government till Modi’s are directly or indirectly compelling us to believe this suspicious theory without releasing the Netaji related secret files.
There were three commissions till date to suppress the countrymen’s agony. But in many cases government itself denied to go further to reveal the truth. For example: when Mukherjee commission wanted government interference to do a DNA test of the Renkoji Temple ashes by world famous experts, it remained silent.
However, Justice Manoj Kumar Mukherjee (of Mukherjee Commission) has ruled out the crash theory and collected many evidences to disapprove the cooked up incident. As published in the Outlook on 4th Feb, 2005 online edition, Justice M K Mukherjee said that the Taiwan Government has confirmed to the Commission during its visit to that country that no plane crashed at Taihoku between August 14 and September 20, 1945.
Journalist turned historian and founder of the NGO ‘Mission Netaji’ Anuj Dhar has collected many evidences after a research for more than a decade. He has also accompanied Justice Mukherjee many places during his investigation on Netaji death mystery. Along with Mukherjee they went to visit a hermit’s place in Faizabad who was more known by his religious name, “Bhagwanji” or Gumnami Baba. There are a lot of evidences which created a conception that he was none other than Netaji. “Mission Netaji” also interviewed many renowned persons who actually met the hermit. Their experiences also helped to consider the spiritual man as our very own Netaji. Among the possessions the monk had some personal letters and photographs of Netaji’s family along with Netaji’s parents which also strengthened the belief. Justice M. K. Mukherjee once said (“off the record”) that he is absolutely sure about that hermit was none other than Bose.
There are must be many strong logical reasons behind the comment of Justice Mukherjee. Among them there were some handwriting sample of the hermit which could be examined with the Netaji’s acceptable handwriting. B.Lal, former examiner of questioned documents of the Government of India, and one of the foremost experts in this field demonstrated in his report that the handwritings matched, the Office of the Government Examiner of Questioned Documents and Forensic Science Laboratory, Government of West Bengal, Kolkata, gave the contrary opinion, but without providing any reasoned analysis.
Apart from this belief, there are also some other theories regarding the disappearance of Netaji.
However, at last West Bengal government has decided to declassify 64 such files; Speaking to media persons on 11th September, 2015, the chief minister said, “People must know about Netaji”.
But, India government is not yet ready to declassify the related secret files as it “would jeopardize our country’s relations with many countries”.
We really don’t know when we will get the true picture until and unless our political leaders stop doing politics at least with this national issue.
Book: “India’s Biggest Cover Up” By Anuj Dhar