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இரண்டு நாட்களுக்கு முன் ஆனந்த விகடன் படித்துக் கொண்டிருக்கும் போது திரு.சுபாஷ் சந்த்ர போஸ் அவர்களைப் பற்றிப் படிக்க நேரிட்டது. உண்மையாக சொல்ல வேண்டும் என்றால் எனக்கு அவரைப் பற்றி அதிகம் தெரியாது. பொதுவாக அறியப்பட்ட விஷயங்களில் ஒன்று அவருடைய மரணம் எப்படி நேர்ந்தது என்ற குழப்பம். எனக்கு அவரைப் பிடிக்குமா பிடிக்காத என்று கூட என்னால் சொல்ல முடியாது. ஆனால் அவருடைய இறப்பு ஒரு கேள்விக் குறியாகவே உள்ளது என்பது போல் முடிந்த அந்த கட்டுரை அவரைப் பற்றித் தெரிந்துக் கொள்ளும் ஆர்வத்தை அதிகப்படுத்தியது. நான் தேடிக் கிடைத்ததில் ஒரு சில இங்கே. இவ்வளவும் படித்த பிறகும் அவருடைய மரணம் மாயமாகவே இருப்பது தான் அதிசயம்.
ஆனந்த விகடன் : 26.1.1964
கட்டுரையிலிருந்து சில துளிகள் :
January 23 1897 - August 18 1945
1955/56: Widowed Saraswati Devi and her son Rajkumar (50) come to live with her father Mahadeo Prasad Misra in Singar Nagar, Lucknow. Misra himself is staying with Bhagwanji.
In his eight years' stay in Ayodhya, Bhagwanji changes places four times.
January 23, 1897 - 1946
Shyam Benegal’s film on Netaji has triggered a fresh debate on Subhas Chandra Bose. Lakshmi Sahgal, Netaji’s former associate and Commander of the INA’s Rani Jhansi regiment, was involved in the making of the film. In an exclusive interview with Shahira Naim, she throws new light on the issues that have surfaced again. Sunday, June 12, 2005 The Bose I knew is a memory now - Lakshmi Sahgal Excerpts:
Shyam Benegal’s film on Netaji has triggered a fresh debate on Subhas Chandra Bose. Lakshmi Sahgal, Netaji’s former associate and Commander of the INA’s Rani Jhansi regiment, was involved in the making of the film. In an exclusive interview with Shahira Naim, she throws new light on the issues that have surfaced again.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
The Bose I knew is a memory now - Lakshmi Sahgal
Did you believe that Bose had indeed died in the crash?
Initially, we did not believe it as we had thought it was a decoy and Netaji had escaped. He always maintained that he would never be taken alive. He had approached the Soviet embassy in Tokyo and even as they awaited a response from Moscow, USSR had joined the war against Japan and that was the end of his hope to escape to the Soviet Union. I had felt that he may have managed to escape to Russia and had faked the crash to put the British off his trail. He had done such things earlier and it was completely possible.
When did reality sink in?
It was during the INA trial at Red Fort that I met Habibur Rahman who had been travelling with him in the aircraft and had survived the crash. He confirmed that Netaji had not died in the crash but from the extensive burn injuries that he suffered as a consequence of that crash. Even the Japanese doctor who had treated him had mentioned that there was a tall handsome Indian who had suffered 90 per cent burns and had succumbed to his injuries. At that time, the poor doctor did not known who his special patient was. That is when my INA colleagues and I started to believe that in all probability he was indeed no more.
And as far as the Taiwan government’s denial of any air crash during that period on its soil is concerned all I can say is that the Japanese had destroyed all records. They did not want one bit of paper to fall into the hands of the Allied forces that could prove as evidence for wartime crimes.
Recently declassified CIA, Russian Army’s and United Kingdom’s secret service reports have evidences of spotting Netaji after the crash. It suggests that in 1946, a year after the reported death of Netaji, Joseph Stalin and his cabinet were considering to give refuge to him in Russia.
Well I think it is time we got to the bottom of this controversy. The simplest thing to do is to take his ashes kept at the Renkoji Buddhist Temple in Tokyo and run a DNA match with his daughter. If it is proved that the ashes are indeed of Anita’s father it will settle this mystery for all times to come.
I remember when his nephew the late Sisir Bose had seen the urn at Renkoji Temple he had informed me that it had pieces of bones and even cartilage. This would make the running of the DNA test far easier.
Did you ever believe that he might be living incognito?
Such rumours were part of the building of the myth. Even if Netaji was alive and did not want to return to India after the war ended what was preventing him from living anywhere abroad? Many of his INA colleagues were settled aboard and he could have easily got in touch with any of us.
Again Sisir Bose had personally gone to meet all the babas that were rumoured to be his uncle. As far as Gumnami Baba of Faizabad was concerned, he told me that except for the gold-rimmed glasses there was nothing in common.
There was another baba in some village in rural Bengal who people claimed was Netaji. Sisir Bose wanted to hear him speak. He made four rounds to that village but the baba was always in maun.
January 23 1897 - ???
According to Rediff News :
Bose did not die in plane crash, affirms US intelligence
September 19, 2005 20:12 IST
A United States intelligence report, sent to the enquiry panel probing the disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, has corroborated the evidence provided by the Taiwan government that no air crash had occurred at Taipei airport or anywhere in that country on August 18, 1945, in which the Indian leader was supposed to have been killed.
In response to a questionnaire sent by Justice M K Mukherjee Commission to several countries, the US administration said there was no aircrash in Taiwan on the day when Netaji was supposed to have been killed in a plane crash at Taipei's Taihoku Airport, Bose's nephew and Forward Bloc MP, Subrata Bose, told reporters in New Delhi.
He also said the Union Home Ministry, during the tenure of L K Advani, had refused to give two files to the panel pertaining to the reported 1945 incident on the grounds that the information, if disclosed, would affect India's relations with some friendly countries.
தான் இறந்து (இறந்ததாக நம்பப்பட்டு) 60 வருடங்களுக்கு மேலும் பல விவாதங்களுக்கும், விசாரணைகளுக்கும் உட்பட்டிருப்பவர் திரு.சுபாஷ் சந்த்ர போஸ் அவர்கள். அவருடைய வாழ்க்கை வரலாறு பலரால் எழுதப்பட்டாலும் முற்றுப் புள்ளி இன்றி இன்னும் தொடர்ந்து கொண்டு தான் இருக்கிறது.