The Central government on Saturday started declassifying the much-anticipated secret files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose — and his mysterious ‘death’ — on his birth anniversary.
The Central government declassified 100 such files in the first lot and said more files would be declassified and put up on a specially designed website every month. These files have assumed significance as the death of Netaji remains a mystery to many people.
A total of digital copies of 100 files related to Subhash Chandra Bose were put up on http://netajipapers.gov.in/.
“Remembering Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary. His bravery and patriotism endears him to several Indians across generations,” Modi tweeted.
“Today is a special day for all Indians. Declassification of Netaji files starts today,” he said.
The Prime Minister also put out on his twitter handle a proclamation issued by Netaji in 1944, asking Indians to fulfil their ‘duty’ in taking part in the fight for freedom from the British Raj.
“I bow to ‘Netaji’ Subhash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary today. He is one of the greatest heroes of India’s freedom struggle,” said Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
BJP President Amit Shah too paid tributes to Netaji. “My tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, who inspired innumerable youth with his bravery, courage and patriotism,” he said.
Many family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose reached Parliament for the event and some of them became emotional on seeing some unseen papers related to perhaps the best known member of their family.
Before the event started, an official release had said, “The National Archives of India is placing 100 files relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in public domain after preliminary conservation treatment and digitisation. On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji, the Prime Minister will release the digital copies of these files in public domain.”
The initiative, it said, would meet the “long-standing public demand” to access these files as well as facilitate scholars to carry out further research on Bose.
The NAI also plans to release digital copies of 25 declassified files on Bose in the public domain every month.
The death of Bose, who was born on January 23, 1897, in Cuttack, remains a mystery. According to one belief, he died in an air crash in 1945.