A secret French report reveals that Netaji didn’t die in an air crash
The death of legendary Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is always a mystery to the historians and the general Indian public. Though the government’s official version says that the co-founder of Azad Hind Fauz died in an air crash, it is almost a well-known assumption among the Indians that Netaji did not die in an air crash.
Adding fuel to it, in the latest development, a historian based in Paris Mr. JBP More unearthed a document at the National Archives of France which confirmed that Subhas Chandra Bose was still alive in 1947.
The document recovered from the National Archives of France, dated December 11, 1947, was a French Secret Service report which talked about Bose’s whereabouts in 1947!As per the official records of the Indian government, Netaji died in an air crash on August 18, 1945, after he took off from Saigon on his way to Tokyo.
Historian More, who teaches at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales, Paris said “It was believed that Mr. Bose died in an air crash on August 18, 1945. However, a French secret service report which dated as late as December 1947 said that they haven’t found the present whereabouts of Subhas Chandra Bose. It means that France has never accepted the fact that Mr. Bose died in an air crash”.
The secret document wrote for the Haut Commissariat de France for Indochina, under the heading ‘Archival information on Subhash Chandra Bose – SDECE Indochinese Base BCRI No. 41283 csah Ex No. 616’ confirmed that Mr. Bose escaped Indochina alive but his whereabouts were unknown to the French as late as 11 December 1947.
If France continued searching for Mr. Bose’s whereabouts even after two years of his death (as published), then it is very likely that Netaji did not die in an air crash but was alive somewhere which is still a million dollar question.
The Indian government has so far formed three committees to inquire into the whereabouts of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The first two of them, the Shah Nawaz Committee (1956) and the Khosla commission (1970) said that Bose died in an air crash at Taihoku airport on August 18, 1945. However, the Mukherjee Commission (1999) came to a conclusion that Bose did not die in an air crash. Unfortunately, the Indian government did not accept the commission’s report and withheld the findings of the earlier committees.
With the latest finding, the Indian scholars are of the opinion that at least now the government should bring out the truth by constituting a committee for the purpose.