Netaji related news items from 2007

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News items of the year 2007

26/1/1007

Myanmar’s pro-democracy campaigner and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was selected on Wednesday for the Netaji Subhash Award 2007 for her unrelenting struggle to restore democracy in her junta ruled country. Debabrata Biswas, secretary general of the Netaji Subhash Foundation, declared that award ceremony would take place at Mahajati Sadan auditorium on 19th March at Kolkata. As she is in house arrest since ten years her representative of National League for Democracy will accept the award. Suu Kyi’s father, Late Gen. Aung San, had supported charismatic freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose when he entered Burma in 1943 leading the Indian National Army to fight Anglo-American forces. Gen Aung San later deserted the Japanese and joined hands with the British forces. After independence of Burma he became head of the state and later he was assassinated. His wife was Ambassador in Delhi and Suu took education in Delhi.

0/3/2007

Kolkata

Adding confusion to the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has informed the Delhi based ‘Mission Netaji” that the ashes and remains of the fiery leader were still at Renkoji Temple in Tokyo.

The confusion triggered off by a note (UN No.D/S 13170 of 2/12/54) of M.O.Mathai, secretary to the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, that “An amount of Rs 200 and odd were received by Minister of External Affairs from our Embassy in Tokyo along with the ashes and other remains of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.”

Armed with note, Mission Netaji’s Anuj Dhar and Chandrachud Ghosh approached the MEA and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) last September and asked them to state the facts vis-à-vis the note under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

In their application, Dhar and Ghosh wanted to know whether Nehru received ashes and other articles of Netaji in India, who was also the then External Affairs Minister.

They also wanted to know if the ashes were received, how were they disposed off and why was the information withheld from the people of India. They also queried the raison de etre of Mathai’s note if Netaji’s ashes were allowed to remain in Renkoji temple. Tokyo.

In the letter Choudhuri informed Mission Netaji that, ” As far as the Ministry was aware the alleged ashes and remains are still at the Renkoji temple, Tokyo.”

In the letter Choudhury informed, “ The Indian Liaison mission in Tokyo had conducted some investigation and reported that ex-President Indian Independence League (IIL), Japan had confirmed to the former Director of Information Office of Netaji’s Independent Government that he himself ‘received the ashes of Netaji in September 1945 and entrusted them to the custody of Renkoji temple.’

(Note- Dnyaneshwar Deshpande was the Information Officer in 1945 then how could he die in submarine or Red-Cross boat?)

29/3/2007

New Delhi   In a socking revelation Government has said it has no information in its records about the contribution of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to India’s freedom struggle.

This admission has come from a senior government officer in response to an application by Delhi based Dev Ashish Bhattacharya under the Right to Information Act (RTI). Bhattacharya has approached the Union Home Ministry with five questions seeking information as to what role Bose had in freedom struggle. The application also sought information whether India maintains any protocol with regards to Bose and whether he fits somewhere in that protocol.

S.K.Malhotra, Deputy Secretary in Home Ministry informed Bhattacharya that the information sought was not available in the records. (When Government passed Government Resolution (GR) removing Netaji’s portraits from government offices the above questions are comparatively insignificant. I wonder whether this Battacharya is Anu’s husband?)

4/4/2007. CIC to decide on making Netaji probe papers public.

All documents on the basis of which, the two inquiry panels led by Shri Shah Nawaz Khan (1056) and G.D.Khosla (1970-74) made their decisions have been kept secret by the Government.

Kolkata Apr.3 (PTI). The full bench of the Central Information Commission will decide whether documents consulted by inquiry panels probing into mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose should be disclosed, Information Commissioner A.N.Tiwari has said.

Tiwari conveyed this recently to Mission Netaji, a Delhi based organisation campaigning for access to information on the disappearance of the icon of the freedom movement, while hearing its appeal in this regard.

Giving a final chance to the Union Home Ministry to come clear on this issue. Tiwari asked it to provide adequate explanation from the ministerial level on why documents sought by Mission Netaji could not be made public.

All documents on the basis of which the two inquiry panels led by Shah Nawaz Khan (1956) and G.D.Khosla (1970-74) made their decisions have been kept secret by the government.

Tiwari’s directive came close on the heels of Information Commissioner O.P.Kejriwal directing the External Affairs Ministry to provide Mission Netaji’s Anuj Dhar copies of its correspondence with the Soviet Union and later Russia on Netaji’s disappearance.

“If adequate explanations are not provided, the Commission will be compelled to direct the disclosure of all documents in question”, Kejriwal said.

Last year, Home Minister Shivraj Patil announced in Parliament that investigations conducted by Khan and Khosla were more credible than that of Justice M.K.Mukherjee who headed another official inquiry that probed Netaji’s disappearance. This was sheer exploitation of privilege, which thrived on marginal majority of political conglomeration. Mr. Shivaji Patil was defeated at hustings and sneaked in the Parliament through back door, as he had blessings of Nehru dynasty that ruled the throne.

Following Patil’s announcement Mission Netaji’s Sayantan Dasgupta filed a petition with the Home ministry to seek copies of all documents examined by the Khan and Khosla panels.

Forward Block Activists burnt Shivraj Patil’s Effigies

3/4/2007.

PTI. Kolkata. All India Forward Block activists on Monday burned effigies of Home Minister Shivraj Patil, blocked roads and staged protest across West Bengal to protest the Centre’s statement that it had no information about Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s contribution to the freedom struggle. The Block worker submitted memoranda to the district magistrates, demanding an apology from the UPA Government and a proper acknowledgment of Netaji’s role in freedom movement.

15/4/2007

‘Centre making efforts to spread Netaji’s legacy’

Kolkata. April 14 (PTI) The Centre has said that constant efforts are being made by it and the State Governments to spread the message and legacy of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

In reply to a letter by All India Forward Block (AIFB) seeking to know why concerned officials spoke of ‘non availability of documents’ about Netaji, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil said constant efforts are made by ministries and departments of both the Central and State Governments to spread Netaji Subhash Chandra’s message.

Shivraj Patil, in his letter to Debabrata Biswas, member of Parliament (MP) and general secretary of All India Forward Block, a party founded by Netaji, said, “ The cause of your concern and consternation appears to have arisen from reports about a reply given to an application seeking information under the RTI Act. I have looked into the matter and I am informed that an appeal is filed in the matter.” Acknowledging Patil’s letter. The AIFB leader, Debabrata Biswas said,” It is not clear from your reply as to where an appeal is filed in the matter.” Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in his letter said. “The Memory of Subhash Chandra Bose and his contribution are intrinsic part of Indian history and heritage. The great and seminal contribution of Netaji in the freedom movement is immense and well known and it is not possible to reduce it into a few pages.” He further said,” There are numerous historical documents, records and material available in the National Archives, State Archives, National libraries, historical research bodies that endorse and preserve the patriotic deeds and Netaji’s message.” the minister added.

14/5/2007

Make Netaji probe report public, says Shri Sudarshan, Chief of RSS.

New Delhi May 13 (PTI) The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Sunday demanded tabling of the report of the Mukherjee Commission that probed into the disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Parliament and alleged reluctance to do so raised questions about its intent and integrity.

“The Government’s reluctance in making the Mukherjee Commission’s report public shows doubts about its intention. We demand the report must be placed before public.” RSS chief Sudarshan said here.

Sudarshan further claimed that two Indian Ambassadors, including a close relative of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had met Bose in Russian jail in 1946. Bose sometimes after arrived in India and settled near Ayodhya as “Gumnami Baba” and died in 1985, he claimed, adding the forensic test of the Baba’s handwriting matched with that of Bose.

The Mukherjee Commission, set up by NDA Government, is investigating the alleged air crash that killed Bose in 1945 and went into various theories about the Bose’s disappearance.

Sudarshan alleged the Government even refused to provide any information on Bose under the RTI Act when a man filed an application seeking the details about him.

Is it not painful to see responsible head of RSS organisation making absurd statements asserting Gumnami Baba as Netaji?

14/5/2007

New Delhi 13 May.  Kuppa C Sudarshan, Sarsanghachalak of Rashtriya Swaymsevak Sangh made a statement, “The British left India because of armed struggle of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The quit India movement of 1942 was not that much responsible to compel British to give independence to India. In order to get details of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the Government should make public the Mukherjee Commission report at the earliest.”

14/4/2007

No advertisement was released on Netaji’s birthday: DAVP

New Delhi May 12 (PTI).  Even as the government is spending crores of rupees on advertisements, no advertisement was released on the birthday of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to spread his message to the public.

The Department of Audio-Visual Publicity (DAVP) of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry gave the information in response to a Right to Information Act petition filed by Delhi resident Dev Ashish Bhattacharya. The Department did not provide information as to how much money was spent on to spread the message of Netaji.

‘During the period from April one 2006 to March 23rd 2007, DAVP has issued display of advertisements to various Newspapers worth Rs 1006 lakhs and an amount of Rs 100 crore was spent on the electronic media.

“ No advertisement was released by the DAVP on January 23 this year to spread the message of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. However, telecast of 60 seconds was done free of cost by the Doordarshan News.”

DAVP Central Public Information Officer Shalini Narayanan admitted in the reply to the RTI application.

This comes close on the heels of government saying it had no information in its records about contribution of Netaji to India’s freedom struggle. Bhattacharya had approached the Union Home Ministry with questions what role Bose had in the freedom movement, whether India maintains any protocol with regards to Bose and what was the amount spent by the government in spreading his message.

1/6/2007

PMO seeks dismissal of RTI plea on Netaji file

New Delhi May 13 (PTI) The Prime Minister’s office has vehemently opposed before the Central Information Commission in application seeking documents relating to destruction of government file, thirty years ago, on the mysterious death of Subhash Chandra Bose.

The PMO was responding to a notice issued by CIC on a plea of ‘Mission Netaji’, a Delhi based orgnisation, seeking information concerning destruction of a file, which contained reports of investigation into the circumstances leading to Netaji’s death.

The government destroyed the file in 1972. Mission Netaji’s official Anuj Dhar had moved the CIC in November last year, after the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of PMO denied papers pertaining to destruction of its file titled “Investigation into circumstances leading to the death of Shri Subhash Chandra Bose.” The CPIO had said that the file was destroyed in 1972 during the routine process of review and weeding of old records.

The CIC, which has fixed August 10 this year for hearing the issue, had called for PMO’s comments.

Terming the application as ‘not maintainable’, PMO’s Director and CPIO Kamal Dayani in his response to the Commission, on May 17, has called for its dismissal and has suggested that an appeal with its Appellate Authority should first have been made. Dhar, however, contended that the CPIO’s response to him lacked information on particulars of PMO’s Appellate Authority, to whom an appeal could have been made. The RTI Act, which discusses provisions on appeal procedure, makes it mandatory for CPIO of a public authority to communicate, in its reply, particulars of such authority in its office where an appeal may be placed, the applicant said.

“ It is a fact that the letter of CPIO did not mention the details of the Appellate Authority as to whom to appeal against the reply of CPIO lies,” the CPIO admitted in his response, placed before the Commission.

6/6/2007

CIC pulls up Home Ministry for not parting with information on Netaji by Souvik Sanyal and Ashish Tripati.

New Delhi. June 5 (PTI) The mysterious disappearance of Subhash Chandra Bose on Tuesday returned to haunt the Union Home Ministry at the Central Information Commission (CIC) expressed its displeasure over its stand of not parting with documents related to his alleged death in plane crash in 1945.

“Who are you to decide if an information can cause unrest? You have to be accountable to the people of the country as to why information cannot be disclosed. You must change your stated position and take a reasoned decision,” Information Commissioner A.N.Tiwari said during a hearing by a full bench.

The full bench headed by Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibulla, met to decide on a plea by Sayantan Dasgupta, who had sought information from the Ministry about documents relied on by two commissions that have arrived at the conclusion that Netaji had died in an air crash at Taiwan.

Dasgupta, a member of Delhi-based organisation Mission Netaji, had sought certified copies of all documents exhibited before the Shah Nawaz Khan Committee (1956) and the Khosla Commission (1970-74), which probed Netaji’s disappearance, as the recent Mukherjee Commission had contradicted their findings. During the hour long proceedings, the Ministry was at the receiving end as it failed to explain its reasoning that providing the documents could lead to unrest in the country, including in Netaji’s home state of West Bengal.“ At which level, this decision (for non-disclosure) has been taken? Is it the Intelligence, bureaucracy or the politicians?” Tiwari enquired even as the full bench reserved its order on the matter, The Commission refused to buy the Home Ministry’s argument and its efforts to seek refuge under section 8 (3) of the Right To Information Act, under which information can be denied in the interest of the nation. The Ministry contended that the two panel reports had not provided any list of exhibits, as a result of which it was difficult for it to trace the documents sought by Dasgupta. He contested this by sating that he had provided about 200 documents that were placed before Khan Committee and Khosla Commission.

If I am not wrong, I came across a news item, unfortunately misplaced, in which Mr.Gupta of PMO informed CIC that disclosure of classified files would bring disrepute to Netaji and especially to Bose family. Mission Netaji must have record of this. Mr. Pandey, Secretary, Home Ministry in his affidavit before JMCI stated,” Disclosure would lead to public injury and lower down image of Netaji

Diary of 2007

12/1/2007

Prafulla Bidwai talked on phone for half an hour from Delhi. He went through all three articles viz. 1 ‘Death of Netaji’ 2 ‘Netaji Vis a Vis Babaji’ 3 and ‘Mystery of Netaji’. He opined that Indian Press would not dare publish it. However he proposed that Netaji’s grandson – son of Dr.Sisir Bose and Krishna Bose – was due in Delhi. He proposed to give articles to him. His name is Sugat Bose and is lecturer in History in U.S.A. He is coming to attend birthday of Netaji on 23rd Jan. I gave consent. Later Prafulla met him in Delhi and handed over my articles. Sugat Bose was pessimistic. He opined that Netaji died in air crash. All efforts reached dead end. Even Prof Leonard Gordon from Columbia University, suggested Sugat’s name to me for correspondence. Dr. Gordon is the author of ‘Brothers against Raj’, the finest book on Sarat and Subhash Bose.

2/2/2007

Gandhiji’s grandson wrote a book in which he stated that Home Minister Morarji Desai of Bombay knew conspiracy to kill Gandhiji but he neglected it. Otherwise Mahatma’s life would have been saved.

Read an article on mud-therapy in Germany. Gandhiji and Netaji were staunch adherent of mud-therapy.

31/3/2007

Searched date of Jaydeo Baba’s meeting at Kanpur. Ultimately gave ring to Prof. ‘Krantikari’ of Gaziabad. He confirmed the date.  I asked him as to why Hanuman Giri was interned in jail. He explained that not Hanuman Giri but his follower was jailed.


5/5/2007

Letter from Krantikari arrived. It dispelled all confusion about Baba Hanuman Giri who was supposed to be Netaji and lived near Bareilly.    Hanuman Giri was never arrested. There is every possibility that Netaji lived as Hanuman Giri. Ramlal Pahelwan confirmed it and Radhakant Pandey alone could vouchsafe it. Baba gave handwritten note on Garibaldi to Ramlal Pahelwan so that in future he will be able to contact Netaji. This note is in the record of late Uttamchand Malhotra.

21/5/2007

I was panicky. I could not locate Baba’s last letter a copy of which is submitted to JMCI. For two days frantic search was on and ultimately found it in my wardrobe. Tension released. Heaved a sigh of relief.

14/6/2007

My bosom friend Dr.D.R.Shekhawat’s wife Pratibha Patil, presently Governor of Rajastan, is selected candidate for the post of President of India. The Congress party, leftists and Mayawati backed her nomination. Her victory is certain. Opponent is Bhairva Singh Shekhawat, Vice President of India belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party. Both Shekhawats hail from same village in Rajastan Viz. Shekhawati, Throwing protocol to winds Mr. Bhairav Singh called upon Mrs. Pratibha Patil (Shekhawat).

16/7/2007

All news channels of TV and newspapers flashed sensational news about Nehru’s love affair with Edwina Mountbatten. Her daughter Pamela published a book.  Everything is astounding from the point of view of Indian culture.

28/7/2007

PTI. Universal mystery of Netaji’s ashes: CIC

Central Information Commission (CIC) has expressed the hope that some serious research would be conducted to unravel the ‘Greatest Mystery ’ whether the ashes of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose were ever brought to the country.

“The Commission can only hope that some serious researcher will look into one of the greatest mysteries of modern India,” the CIC said, terming the application as, “One of the most interesting cases that has come before it.”

Anuj Dhar, a Delhi resident, in a Right to Information application, had tagged a 1954 note of then Prime Minister’s secretariat stating that Netaji’s ashes and other remains along with a sum of Rs.200 were received from Tokyo.

He had sought from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) the details as to the whereabouts about the ashes and had sought relevant documents in that regard. “ One look at the note emanating from Prime Minister’s Secretariat seem to open up altogether new line of inquiry with the implication that Netaji’s ashes and other remains were brought back to the country by the late PM Jawaharlal Nehru.

Taking into consideration MEA plea that it had “no records on the matter,” the Commission disposed of Dhar’s application.

Dhar had earlier filed his application with MEA on September three last year in which he sought details relating to a note dated December two 1954 of M.O Mathai, Private Secretary to Nehru.

20/8/2007.

AFP. Rich Tributes paid to Netaji in Japan.

Netaji’s death anniversary (62nd-?) was performed at Renkoji Temple in Tokyo where his supposed ashes are kept. I wonder how the report mentions that Netaji’s body was taken to Japan and Netaji died at 11.30 P.M. at army hospital in Taipei. Dr. Yoshimi is ninety-four years old and he maintains that he treated Netaji in the hospital and died at 11.30 P.M. on 18/8/1945. The report also mentions three possibilities: 1) One hypothesis is that Bose was on his way to Soviet Union to seek a new patron to fight the British after Japan’s defeat. 2} Some scholars say he was spurned and died in a Soviet Gulag. 3) He returned from Russia to India and lived anonymously as a hermit.

At present Nichiko Mochzuki, 66 years old, is taking care of the ashes at Renkoji temple. He is son of former caretaker who was father in law of Dnyaneshwar Deshpande the Director of Publicity of INA.

Letters of the year 2007

Received letters dated 15/2/, 13/3, and 9/5/2007 from Shri Madhav Khadilkar of Pune. He sent lot of information and newspaper cuttings about Netaji and wanted me to raise question in Parliament through M.P. of Shivasena Mr.Prabhu.

End of Diaries mid July 2007

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