Subhas Chandra Bose was a rival of Gandhi and during the war he threw his lot with the Fascist powers and joined them. He had a one point agenda to overthrow the British Raj. He was also convinced that the British would never leave India by the policy of Gandhi of offering satyagraha and non- cooperation. Perhaps he was right, but a deeper study on this subject is called for.

We are however fed on the information that Bose died in an aircrash on 18 August 1945 in Taipei in Formosa. Now it is known that Bose did not die in any air crash as there is no record of any air crash  on or around that date in Taipeh. So if there was no air crash what happened to Bose ?The Justice Mukherjee commission appointed by the AB Vajpayee government opined that Bose never died in any air crash but  escaped. It did not hazard any guess as to where he went.

The mystery of Bose takes on the garb of a thriller and there are many pointers , but no conclusive proof. One version doing the popular rounds is that Bose traveled in another Japanese military plane and flew to Manchuria. There he landed at a soviet controlled airfield. Further additions to this tale are in the realm of myths and legends as there is no conclusive proof. The story relates that Bose was taken to Moscow and kept there for 17 months after which he was transferred to a prison in Siberia , where he died about 11/12 years later. 

There is very little evidence about this except a significant admission by the PA of Pandit Nehru who mentions that he typed a letter which  Nehru wrote to Clement Attlee, that Bose  has been allowed entry into Russia by Stalin. This bit of sensational news was read out by Arnab Goswami of the Times Channel on News hour on 14 April 2015.

Information is also available that the Ministry of foreign affairs had drafted a letter to the Russian government to check up the archives of the KGB, the Russian secret police as late as 1996, whether Bose was ever in Moscow. Obviously top echelons of the Indian government perhaps knew about the whereabouts of Bose and the needle of suspicion points to Jawaharlal nehru, who had his own axe to grind against Bose. He could not have allowed Bose back into India as that would have been his political demise.

The nephew  and uncle of Subhas Bose made a forceful point that the nation must know the whereabouts of Bose and what happened to him on the TV Channel. They are correct and its about time the mystery was unravelled and whosoever he may be whether Nehru or anybody else indicted  at the bar of history.


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