He was only forty-eight when he died in a plane crash. Subhash Chandra Bose, born 1897, one of Mother India’s greatest sons, perished in 1945. Or did he?
Why is it important to know? Are we not digging up graves and not letting sleeping men lie. Are we not wasting tax payers’ money and more? Perhaps we can find the answer in Gandhi’s own words,
” If we are to make progress, we must not repeat history but make new history. We must add to inheritance left by our ancestors.”
Is Subhash Chandra Bose dead?
The mystery of the crash and death of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose has been a haunting topic for many. While school books have strongly corroborated to the story, the truth is that even the teachers in charge do not believe in the half baked theory.
When did Bose die?
Bose boards a plane with his trusted fellow soldier Rehman on 18 August 1945. The overloaded airplane fails as soon as it flies and crashes on the airport grounds. Before the help arrives, the great Indian leader suffers to third degree burns and within seven hours of the crash, he passed away.
At first brush, the crash theory sounds sane. Accidents do happen, and it does not matter upon the status of the person.
So what makes it suspicious?
The direct proof, the circumstantial evidence, the logic – nothing matches. There is more reason for suspicion when we see how this topic has been kept under the covers. As the saying goes, there is no smoke without a fire; so why is there so much hush-hush?
Why is Subhash Chandra Bose famous?
Bose was one of the most dynamic, fearless and honest leaders the world has ever seen. For him, the freedom of Mother India was not only a political issue but he raised it to a level of such dedication and sacrifice that even his opponents came to respect and fear.
When we speak for the freedom of India, we need to see the bigger picture. First of all, India was moreover the Indian subcontinent, before the hideous partition took place. Freedom was one main goal for all, and it was that time when present day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were one eternal land stretching till the then Burma and Nepal. Freedom makes people stronger but division makes us weak; and such arrangements were made.
Under Subhash Chandra Bose, people of all religions, castes and gender found unity. This unity was based on self-esteem, patriotism and most of all, the belief of everyone that good will win over time. This solid foundation of moral values and strong character inspired all to be their best self. He inspired not only Indians but many more people of yonder lands.
Subhash Chandra Bose is also famous for many other reasons. He was unafraid of standing against British oppression that had crippled the country’s economy. He is known for his practicality of taking up arms when needed. He had a clear vision and a sharp mind to see and understand what is good and not good for the nation and also on a larger scale beyond his own country.
Globally, Netaji had an important role to play and had he been ‘alive’, we would have seen more of it.
Who gave Bose the Netaji title?
Netaji – the venerated leader of the men and women of India. Subhash Chandra Bose has been titled as ‘Netaji’ by the legendary Rabindranath Tagore. Although it is presumed that he was respectfully first called so by Zain-ul Abideen Hasan, a Hyderabadi living in Germany in the then era who later joined the Indian National Army. Bose has also been addressed as Netaji by Mahatma Gandhi and even The Fuhrer Adolf Hitler.
This shows the tremendous respect he owned from even the most famous of men. Is it wrong to say that a man of such stature should be merely forgotten?
The Jai Hind slogan
The Hyderabadi Zain -ul Abideen Hasan, later a Major of INA, came up with this slogan. Bose was looking for a national salute and slogan for his Indian National Army. Jai Hind was perfect.
The first word Jai was Sanskrit representing India’s cultural heritage, and Hind is an Hindi cum Urdu word connecting largely to the masses. The slogan touched the hearts of all from west, what is now Pakistan till the east stretching to undivided India what we now know as Bangladesh. It was unified in one line and all awaited Netaji to arrive home with his ‘Jai Hind’ army.
The slogan ‘Victory to India’ stuck even after independence. Even today it is used as a salute by the Indian armed forces and the Police force.
All these facts just show critically important a personality he was not only for India, but for the entire Indian subcontinent. The life and death of Bose is significant not only for India, but also for many other nations.
Here is an eye opening special programme on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose aired on Doordarshan –
What happened to Subhash Chandra Bose?
If one genuinely spends even half an hour looking into the investigations and its results, it is far too evident that Subhash Chandra Bose did not die in the plane crash. The first argument is itself that there are no records of any plane crash during that period in the records.
Till date, there have been several commissions set up by the government to put light on this matter. The results have only added fuel to the fire. There are just too many facts to be ignored and in most cases, it is clear that evidence is being filtered. Only that is brought forth that supports the assumption that Bose is dead. The majority of the evidence collected tells another story.
Tired of putting hopes on commissions, many individuals have set up their own investigations. Trusts have been set up for the sole purpose of truth seeking. What happened to many of these independent investigators only adds more suspicion. Many of them have been threatened for life. There has been various ways by which these men and women, journalists to professors, are being deterred and are being asked to give up the investigation.
If the death of Subhash Chandra Bose is no mystery at all, why are civilians being threatened for life?
Is Bose really dead or alive?
Most people who have done some studying or research or have followed their curiosity – say that he was definitely alive long after 1945. This raises many more questions. Did the Government of India know? Why was it mum? Why is Netaji still a declared Prisoner of War and is to be arrested upon sight, even after decades of his supposed death? What was the British Government’s role in India after 1947?
It does not end there. Recent reports have even said that Lal Bahadur Shastri decided to make an important announcement about Netaji and within hours he suspiciously passed away in Tashkent. If that is even a percent true, this is a serious national issue. Some serious efforts are being against our national leaders.
Recently, due to the dedicated efforts of some of the truth seekers and researchers, public curiosity has picked up. Films and web series have come up in order to show a fraction of the truth.
Will we ever know the truth? Only time will tell. Only if we are ready to hear it.