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India to get Rafale fighter jets in 3-yr time: IAF chief Arup Raha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India will get the first tranche of Rafale fighter jets from France in the next three years, Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha said on Saturday. “Rafale contract caters for delivery time between 36 months to about 66 months if I am not wrong. So within three years time we will have the first few aircraft delivered to us and within five and a half years we will have two full squadron of aircraft in operation,” Raha said at a function in Kolkata.He said the fighter jets, capable of carrying nuclear weapons and equipped with latest missiles, will tremendously increase the force’s capability. When asked about the depleting strength of jets, he said besides Rafale, India is going to produce Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas in large numbers. “The effort is on to increase production lines. The more the number of aircraft we produce, the faster we ramp up the capacity to close the gap created by obsolete and old aircraft,” Raha said.IAF has put on display one such obsolete MiG-27 fighter aircraft in front of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. The installation was inaugurated by the Air Chief Marshal. He also said the government is also thinking of procuring another fighter aircraft to fill up the gaps faster. On the Indo-Russian fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), Raha said they are already working with Russia on research and development. “The project is already negotiated. Preliminary design on our part is over and if this R&D negotiations are over and we sign the contract then we should have these aircraft in another 5-6 years,” Raha said.

If Netaji’s trust is with Ram Gopal, I am also with him, says Amar Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Responding to reinstatement of ousted Ramgopal Yadav as general secretary of Samajwadi Party following an order issued by SP patriarch Mulayam Singh, SP’s Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh on Thursday said this is their party, and thus, they can expel or reinstate anybody anytime at their will, but if Netaji’s trust and affections is with Ramgopal, then I am also with him.”This is their party, and they can expel or reinstate anybody anytime at their will. If Mulayam Singh’s affection and trust is with Ramgopal, then I am also with Ramgopal,” Singh told ANI.Hel, however, said, “He (Ramgopal) had given a statement that he got Amar Singh expelled from the party, and could do it now too. I am ready to be expelled. I was expelled once and now I am ready to be expelled again. I will be waiting for my expulsion for the second time.”Asked if Ramgopal’s inclusion had strengthened the camp of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, he said: “This is for you to analyse. Whether I am in politics or not; I?m with this party or an other party; but I can neither leave nor forget Mulayam Singh. I cannot deprive myself of his affection, whether he is in power or not.””When I met Mulayam Singh, he was not a big leader, but he is only person in the public life who has ability to carry forward relationships. Other people use and throw, but Mulayam Singh never forgets his friends. For his this capability, I hardly care who has won and who lost,” said Singh, adding that as long as he has got affection and trust of Mulayam Singh, he considers himself to be a winner.Ramgopal Yadav has been reinstated as party’s spokesperson and as a member of the party’s Central Parliamentary Board, announced SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav in a press note.”This was bound to happen. It is because of the blessings of Netaji as he was never against me,” Yadav told ANI here.”I was always part of the party; I had never left it, though I was ousted technically,” he added.At the height of the Samajwadi Party family feud, Ram Gopal Yadav was expelled on the instructions of Mulayam Singh on October 23.

Ram Gopal Yadav reinstated in Samajwadi Party; to continue as party’s leader in Rajya Sabha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Weeks after being expelled, Ram Gopal Yadav was on Thursday reinstated in Samajwadi Party (SP) with immediate effect.”Ram Gopal would continue to be the leader of Samajwadi party in Rajya Sabha, party spokesperson, national general secretary and member of party parliamentary boar,” said SP Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in a letter.”This was expected to happen. Netaji (Mulayam) was never against me. I was always in the party, but was just technically removed,” Yadav said giving his first reaction after being reinstated. “I have never said or done anything against the party line,” he added.On Monday, Yadav broke down while defending the corruption charges levelled against him and said that injustice has been meted out to him. “I still believe that I am a part of the Samajwadi Party even if I am not operating officially,” he had told the media. “If the people think that injustice has been done with me then they should do justice,” he said.Without taking any specific names, he alleged that some people were illegally distributing the Samajwadi Party ticket for their ulterior motives.

Mamata Banerjee will become the next PM: TMC leader Mukul Roy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stating that a coalition government would take over at the Centre after the 2019 elections, TMC leader Mukul Roy today claimed Mamata Banerjee would become Prime Minister as his party would play a lead role in its formation.He also said his party looked set to to win 41 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal. He was addressing an election rally in favour of the party nominee for the Barjala Assembly constituency in Tripura. “Both the CPI(M) and the Congress will face yet another defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elecctions for their own mistakes. The BJP, which has so far failed to put up a good show, will also meet the same fate,” he said.Roy asserted that the people would not give 10 years to the BJP to rule the country.”The people are fuming over the performance of Modi led government and will teach a lesson to it in the next general elections,” he felt. “Laluji and Nitishji may manage to secure 20/25 seats while BJD is likely to win 18/20 seats in the next Lok Sabha elections. DMK or AIDMK will secure 39/40 seats while Netaji or Mayawatiji may won 25/30 seats,” he predicted. He continued: “It means Trinamool Congress will emerage as the largest party after the 2019 general elections.And naturally, Mamata Banerjee will become the next Prime Minister.” In his speech, he also criticised banning of high value currency saying that it has created a lot of problems for the common people.Narendr Modi led government will not take any stern action against capitalists as it was funded by them during the last elections, he added.

Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’ starts today; suspense over presence of Mulayam, Shivpal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Utter confusion prevailed in ruling Samajwadi Party camp over presence of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal when Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav embarks on his highly-publicised ‘Rath Yatra’ on Thursday.Seen as a showdown or show of strength just two days ahead of another gala event to mark SP’s silver jubilee, all eyes are on party patriarch Mulayam and Shivpal, the state unit chief, as their presence or absence would reflect as to how far SP was united before UP Assembly polls early next year.When Shivpal was specifically asked whether he would be present at the rath yatra flagging off event, he ducked the question adding to the suspense.”I am engaged in preparations for silver jubilee celebrations. If there is yatra on November 3, there is silver jubilee show on November 5,” he said, leaving everyone guessing about his participation.There was no categorical word either on reports that Mulayam will flag off the ‘Vikas Sey Vijay Tak Yatra’.To a question, Shivpal said, “Party workers should read history of socialism. There is importance of discipline in the party. You have seen that on October 24 those who were not invited, also came to the party meet.”In the light of the statement, Mulayam’s presence at the ‘rath yatra’ will be keenly observed.”It depends on to what extent Akhilesh is able to convince his father Mulayam to attend the yatra,” an SP leader said.Expelled SP MLC Sunil Yadav Sajan, who is close to Akhilesh, told PTI that all arrangements have been made.”The yatra will be flagged off by ‘Netaji’ (Mulayam) and senior party leaders including party state president Shivpal Yadav will also remain present,” he said.Sajan, who is also incharge of first leg of the yatra, said at every second kilometre, the CM will be welcomed and he will also address gatherings at various locations. During the yatra, dozens of roadside meetings and a few rallies would be held at different places.A cavalcade of over 5,000 SUVs and trucks will seek to send a message to the party leadership that 43-year-old Akhilesh is the “most acceptable” face of SP.The over 60-km yatra route from Lucknow to Unnao is dotted with hoardings, banners and colourful arches to welcome the chief minister.A hoarding put up by a youth leader close to Shivpal says “Shivpal kahey dil se, Akhilesh ka abhishek phir se” (Shivpal says from his heart to make Akhilesh CM again), while some others only highlight Akhilesh’s achievements.”The hoardings put up by the leaders show the state of confusion in the party. It’s visible on roads. We wish this confusion to end with the start of this yatra,” a senior SP leader said.The yatra comes at a time when Mulayam is seeking to cobble together a ‘mahagathbandhan’ and has sent out invitations to all “secular and like-minded” leaders of various parties like RLD, RJD and JD-U.

Yadav vs Yadav: Amar Singh says he’ll back Netaji’s son Akhilesh, not CM Akhilesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, who has been portrayed as an antagonist by the Akhilesh Yadav camp in the ongoing feud within the Samajwadi Party, on Friday broke his silence and said that he may not be on board with the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, but will always back party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son.”I may not be with CM Akhilesh, but I will always be with Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son Akhilesh. The father of the SP and the Chief Minister are the same, and God stands as a testimony that whenever I spoke to Netaji, it was in favour of Akhilesh. Netaji also knows this truth,” Singh told ANI in an exclusive conversation while responding to Akhilesh’s allegations.”When I was struggling for life and undergoing a dialysis, Netaji had come to meet me and he said there was a discussion on the issue of state president and when Akhilesh Yadav replaced Shivpal Yadav as the UP SP president, even then, I was blamed for it,” he added.
ALSO READ Hurt by Akhilesh’s dalal remark, says Amar SinghThe Rajya Sabha MP also attempted to play the emotional card in his bid to end the ongoing dispute in the Yadav clan.”When his (Akhilesh’s) family was opposing his marriage, I was the only who stood by him, but today I am hurt by his words. There is no photo of his wedding, where this ‘dalal’ is not there,” he said while responding to the ‘dalal’ allegation.
ALSO READ Yadav v/s Yadav: Akhilesh ups ante against Shivpal, says “will continue as CM””It is possible to meet Rahul Gandhi, but meeting Akhilesh is difficult. If my ‘bali’ (sacrifice) can solve the problem, I am ready for it,” he added.Singh, who returned to the Samajwadi Party after six years in exile, has been accused by Akhilesh of instigating the current crisis that has deeply divided the Yadav family.
ALSO READ Yadav vs Yadav: Shivpal expels Akhilesh’s minister from Samajwadi PartyThe chief minister’s supporters allege that the Rajya Sabha MP is helping his uncle Shivpal Yadav plot his removal as the chief minister.The Akhilesh camp also sees Singh’s hand in Shivpal being made the Samajwadi Party’s Uttar Pradesh chief in place of Akhilesh last month. This move gives Shivpal direct control of choosing candidates for the assembly elections next year.However, the Samajwadi Party supremo had earlier this week described Singh as “my brother” and said that his past sins were forgiven.He also reprimanded his son and backed the Chief Minister’s b’te noire Shivpal.

Hurt by Akhilesh’s dalal remark, says Amar Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Thursday expressed disappointment over Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘dalali’ comment made against him. Singh said that when entire Yadav famiyl was against Akhilesh’s marriage to Dimple Yadav, it was Singh who stood by him. Speaking to the media, Amar Singh said, “I am hurt by his words. There is no photo of his wedding where this ‘dalal’ is not there. When his family was opposing his marriage, I was the only one supporting him.”He further said, “I may not be with CM Akhilesh, but I will always be with Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son Akhilesh. The father of the SP and the Chief Minister are the same, and God stands as a testimony that whenever I spoke to Netaji, it was in favour of Akhilesh, Netaji also knows this truth,” said Singh.”When I was struggling for life and undergoing a dialysis, Netaji had come to meet me and he said there was a discussion on the issue of state president and when Akhilesh Yadav replaced Shivpal Yadav as the UP SP president, even then I was blamed for it,” said Singh.”When his (Akhilesh’s) family was opposing his marriage, I was the only who stood by him, but today I am hurt by his words. There is no photo of his wedding, where this ‘dalal’ is not there,” emotional Singh responded to the allegation of ‘dalal’.”If my ‘bali’ (sacrifice) can solve the problem, I am ready for it,” he added.Singh also rejected reports of him having allegedly called UP CM as Aurangzeb and SP Chief as Shahjahan. “I have never talked to Ashu Malik. New report has nothing to do with me,” said Singh. Singh said that he is even able to meet Rahul Gandhi sometimes, but he has never able to arrange a meeting with Akhilesh Yadav. Congress and BJP took potshots at the Yadav family crisis on Thursday. “Akhilesh Yadav has been isolated. Shivpal Yadav is completely dominating the party and Mulayam Singh is supporting him. In this fight of power, the Uttar Pradesh people are the one suffering the most,” BJP leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi said. Congress leader Meem Afzal told ANI, “If party has sacked Pawan Pandey and Chief Minister is not doing so then it is of contradiction of what was said that party has united. I think that the party has broken from inside. If the party will contest for the upcoming election then I think it will form to different party. Each candidate will contest two elections, one is election and second is internal dispute. I don’t think there is any scope left for reconciliation.”

Amar Singh ko hatao Samajwadi Party Bachao: Abu Azmi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Blaming Samajwadi Party (SP) Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh for the ongoing family feud and the expulsion of party general secretary Ramgopal Yadav, Maharashtra SP president and MLA Abu Azmi on Monday called for Amar Singh’s immediate removal to save the party.”It is due to one man, Amar Singh, that there is a rift in the party. I would say ‘Amar Singh ko hatao, Samajwadi Party Bachao’ (remove Amar Singh and save Samajwadi Party).” Azmi told ANI.”The person, Amar Singh, had hurled abuses at us, and had said that he would destroy the Samajwadi Party. I think his dreams are coming true now. If you are saying that you will not expel him (Amar Singh), but your family is asking you to expel him, then, Netaji ‘please no dictatorship’. I am saying this with folded hand that you should be taking into account their advice and expel him from the party, and please scold everybody, the party will work properly and nothing will happen,” said Azmi.”Ramgopalji is a person who has worked so hard for the party. When Netaji used to call Ramgopal, Ramgopalji would rush without even slippers on his feet. Do you think that we should speak such things (he is associated with the BJP)? Shivpal Bhai (PU unit chief Shivpal Yadav) should have not said that he (Ramgopalji) is associated with the BJP. Shivpal Bhai you know well who is associated with the BJP,” said Azmi, while deploring the allegations levelled on Ramgopal Yadav.”When Ketan Desai and Shubash Chandraji went with Amar Singh and got a letter from Netaji, then everybody said that Amar Singh was interfering by giving wrong advice to Netaji,” he added.When asked about his demand, Azmi said, “I demand that Netaji you always say that talk straight from your heart; Samajwadi Party is a family, and thus, speak freely; I have worked with the party for 20 years and we stayed in opposition for 20 years which is not easy Netaji. You gave us strength and we struggled in Mumbai, and I was elected as an MLA, but never went to a party for even spitting. They asked me to become a minister, but I said I will be better off as a peon in the Samajwadi party. If you understand us, I would like to appeal to you that save our family from disintegration.”

SP crisis: Despite expulsion, party MLC Udayveer Singh hopeful of justice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Udayveer Singh, a Samajwadi Party MLC and one of the closest aides of Akhilesh Yadav, was on Saturday expelled from the party for “undignified” conduct days after he wrote to SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav suggesting him to elevate the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister as the party’s national president. The move is likely to further escalate the battle of attrition in the state’s ruling family in which Akhilesh Yadav is pitted against his uncle and state party chief Shivpal Yadav.A decision to expel Singh was taken after the inaugural meeting of the executive committee of SP’s Uttar Pradesh unit adopted a resolution seeking action against him for his “derogatory” comments against Mulayam.”Udayveer Singh has been expelled from the party for six years for his undignified and indisciplined behaviour,” state party spokesman Ambika Chaudhary said.”The party will not tolerate undignified behaviour and indiscipline. It has reached where it is in 25 years because of discipline,” Chaudhary said.In the four-page letter to the party supremo earlier this week, Singh had said, “SP state president Shivpal Yadav and other members of his family have misled you (Mulayam) and hatched a conspiracy against CM Akhilesh, who should be made party national president and given all the powers.”Singh, whose association with Akhilesh is over three decades hold, with both studying in school together, had reportedly also made some comments about Mulayam’s second wife and Chief Minister’s step mother, which angered the SP’s first family.Reacting to the development, Singh said he had only put before Mulayam his thoughts about the “conspiracy” against the Chief Minister. Asked to comment on his expulsion, he said, “I will give my version only after getting the letter.”Maintaining that he had no regrets about the points raised by him in the letter, Singh said,”Netaji is the patron of the party. I am confident that he will do justice to me and the chief minister.””Those who used foul language against the party chief are still in the party, but those who are the real well wishers and wrote letters are being expelled,” Singh said.Gaurav Bhatia, SP spokesman, said Singh had crossed the “Lakshman Rekha” in choosing the words he wrote in his letter to Mulayam which also hurt party workers.”Questioning the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is an elected president of the party, was wrong. An MLC cannot dictate who the party president will be. Anybody committing an act of indiscipline has to be punished and this is what has happened,” he said.On Singh’s claim that a conspiracy has been hatched against Akhilesh, Bhatia said,” These are unsubstantiated allegations”.Reacting to the recent developments in the party, old war horse Beni Prasad Verma, who returned to the party fold from Congress recently, said,”Netaji (Mulayam) is deeply pained. What has happened (Singh’s letter to Mulayam) hurt Mulayam Singh’s prestige. I would request Akhilesh to get things sorted out. It is time to close ranks (with assembly polls just months away)… there is little time.”Singh’s explusion came a day after Akhilesh Yadav skipped a crucial meeting called by state party chief Shivpal Yadav to strategise for the assembly polls due early next year where the latter declared him the party’s chief ministerial face.Though Shivpal, the younger brother of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, had met Akhilesh to personally invite him to a meeting of SP district and city units presidents, the Chief Minister kept away, indicating all was not well in the party despite repeated claims by its senior leaders to the contrary. These delegates had later met Akhilesh separately.Akhilesh, with whom Shivpal is engaged in a running feud over the last few months, had recently made it clear in a letter to Mulayam that he would be proceeding on his ‘rath yatra’ on November 3 to highlight the development work done by his government, in a clear indication that he would skip that event too.With the tense stand-off between Akhilesh and Shivpal continuing, speculations about a possible split in the party are rife. As a crisis-like situation obtained in the party, several top leaders including Beni Prasad Verma, Naresh Agarwal and state Assembly Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey met Mulayam earlier in the day. They were later closeted with Akhilesh in order to bring about rapprochement in the SP’s first family.

Mother Teresa never admonished critics, prayed mercy for them: Hamid Ansari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Vice President Hamid Ansari on Sunday said Mother Teresa never admonished her critics, but prayed mercy for them.”She may have had her critics, but never did she respond with pithy aphorisms or admonitions – her response was to keep on with her works of mercy, helping one person, then another, then another,” Ansari said at an event to celebrate the canonisation of Mother Teresa at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here.He said if the late Roman Catholic nun thought much about her critics, perhaps it was when she prayed for mercy for them. “Her mission and message have touched not only the poorest of the poor here, but those well beyond India. Today, her words are a message of comfort for countless many across the globe, across all social strata,” Ansari said.He pointed out that much before her formal canonisation as the Saint Teresa of Calcutta last month, she was already a saint for the people of India. “She was already venerated by millions of Indians, cutting across religious, caste and regional divides,” the Vice President said. Hundreds of sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, besides cardinals and bishops from different parts of the country attended the function on Sunday.

KGB suspected Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose of being British spy: Declassified files

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Declassified Netaji files released on Friday by Cultural Ministry secretary N K Sinha reveal that the Ministry of External Affairs in 1994 under the P V Narasimha Rao government had formed a committee to investigate Russian claims that Netaji was a British spy.The committee was formed after the then Prime Minister’s Office asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to prepare a Cabinet paper on the allegations.The committee claims that the articles are based on certain “facts”, including the “fact” that Netaji’s close aide Bhagat Ram, who owned a small shop in Kabul, “was a professional British secret agent” and that he was an agent of “four masters — USSR, Britain, Germany and Italy”.The committee mainly looked at a series of articles, based on declassified KGB archives, alleging that Netaji was an MI-6 agent, and that one of his close aides was a KGB agent. The KGB documents were published in Moscow in the bi-monthly magazine “Asia and Africa Today”. The committee also takes into account Netaji’s birth centenary which was to occur three years later in 1997.The committee used the articles to conclude that Netaji had indeed died in the crash in 1945.The articles were titled ‘The Secret Behind the Death of Subhas Chandra Bose’ by A Raikov, and ‘Whom Subhas Chandra Bose Fought Against During the Second world War Years’ by V Touradjev. The files also reveal that India believed that Netaji died in a plane crash in August 18, 1945, and that Ajay Malhotra.Also that the then Indian Ambassador in Moscow, knew about the contents of the two articles almost a year before they were published.The files show that Malhotra even met Touradjev, but “did not specifically urge Touradjev to have the articles withdrawn since it was evident that he would not do so in any case”.Touradjev quotes a few documents from declassified KGB files, including a certificate that mentions that “after the Japanese capitulation in the first half of September, 1944, TASS,quoting British sources, informed from Tokyo that Subhas Chandra Bose, staying in Japan, died.” The article also says that the KGB files on Netaji were closed after this.The article also claimed that Netaji “cooperated with the British Secret Service MI-6”, and that he was “a British plant in the heart of the Axis powers”. The article claims that during his stay in Berlin, Singapore and Tokyo, Netaji “did not conduct struggle against Great Britain; he fought against Germany and Japan”. It also claims that the British introduced him in the heart of fascist Germany “with a very reliable and convincing ‘legend’”. It also claims that Netaji’s activities to develop an underground network for espionage and sabotage was “an illusion adroitly created by Soviet and British secret services”.According to the files, Raikov, who was a prominent Indophile, wrote about a Japanese twin engine fighter plane with 11 passengers on board that crashed immediately after taking off from the Matsuyana Air Force Base in Taiwan on August 18, 1945. It was bound for Manchuria, and had on board the Chief of Staff of the Burmese Air Command, Lt General Sidei, eight Japanese military officials and two Indian officials – suspected to be Netaji and his close aide Habibur Rehman.The files also recount Netaji’s escape from his (then) Calcutta home to evade arrest by the British. According to the committee, Netaji’s escape route stretched from Calcutta to Kabul, and thereon to Japan “in a German submarine in March, 1943” and that his transfer “from the German to a Japanese submarine was known to the British in detail while he was still on his journey”. The files also reveal that the British government had a wireless operator in Berlin who connected them to Netaji in Tokyo.

Mulayam Singh Yadav appoints Amar Singh as SP General Secretary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amar Singh, who survived the recent “outsider” storm in ruling Samajwadi Party, was on Tuesday appointed SP General Secetary by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.”You have been appointed general secretary of Samajwadi Party. I hope in the coming days you will strengthen the party in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections,” Mulayam said in a handwritten letter to Amar. he brief letter in Hindi signed by Mulayam on his Lok Sabha letter head was sent to media from state SP chief Shivpal Yadav’s official e-mail id. Though SP big wigs were strongly opposed to Amar Singh, often described as an “outsider”, Mulayam threw his weight behind him, first by making him a Rajya Sabha member some time back and now allotting him an important party post. Interestingly, during the feud between Mulayam’s brother Shivpal and son Akhilesh Yadav, Amar Singh was seen as the one who had engineered it. Akhilesh, while apparently referring to Amar Singh, had recently said that “people from outside the household” keep interfering in the Samajwadi Party’s affairs. Mulayam’s cousin Ram Gopal Yadav also had made a veiled attack on Amar Singh during the feud, saying they have no love for the party and hence are creating trouble. Commenting on that Amar had said, “Akhilesh is like a son and Mulayam like a brother.”Once the public face of the party, Amar was seen as Mulayam’s closest aide when he had the ear of “Netaji”. Amar along with his close associate Jaya Prada were expelled from the Samajwadi Party in February, 2010 and he floated his own political party, Rashtriya Lok Manch, in 2011. He fielded a large number of candidates in 2012 assembly polls but none won.He had joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal and contested the 2014 Lok Sabha poll from Fatehpur Sikri but lost. More than six years after it expelled Amar, the Samajwadi Party made him its Rajya Sabha candidate a few months back, setting the stage for his return to the party. Amar had recently hosted a party for independent Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra and the guests included Mulayam and his brother Shivpal Yadav, much to the chagrin of Akhilesh, who shunted out Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal, who too attended the dinner.He also divested Shivpal of his plum portfolios. Taking strong exception to the move, Mulayam within hours replaced Akhilesh as the party’s UP chief, with rivals in the SP accusing Amar of having influenced Mulayam.Amar Singh’s discomfiture grew with Akhilesh becoming more assertive and it was reflected in his statement last month that those close to Mulayam were being “insulted” in the party and he is being made to sit on back benches in the Rajya Sabha.He alleged he was being insulted, kept on “mute” and sidelined. But, backing Amar to the hilt, Mulayam said he stood by him in his hard times. Mulayam made the statement to defend Amar on the charge that he had triggered the family feud in Yadav clan.

Bomb hoax call delays Kolkata-Guwahati Air India flight

Kolkata: Security personnel at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here went into a tizzy on Tuesday after receiving a phone call threatening to blow up an Air India flight.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The Guwahati-bound flight from the city was delayed by around two hours following a unanimous call saying a bomb has been planted in the plane, airport officials said.

The AI-729 flight from Kolkata to Guwahati with 114 passengers on board was scheduled to fly from the Airport at 9.50am.

However, shortly before that, a phone call came to the airport duty manager’s desk and a female voice informed him that a bomb has been planted in that flight, the officials said.

The plane was immediately taken to the isolation bay and passengers were offloaded.

Security and bomb squad personnel checked the plane but nothing was found, the officials said.

The plane finally took off at 11.45pm, delayed by an hour and 55 minutes. The is the second incident of hoax call to the airport this month. Three phone calls had been made threatening to blow up the airport on 7 September.

Two days later, another unanimous call was made to the state secretariat, ‘Nabanna’, threatening to blow it up.

Netaji files: Nehru was ready to share INA funds with Pakistan

The recently declassified Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose files reveal that India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru wanted to share Indian National Army or erstwhile Azad Hind Government’s gold, along with a sum of Rs 10 lakh, with Pakistan.The cash and jewellery were in the possession of the custodian evacuee property in Singapore.Nehru’s note of June 30, 1950, mentioned in secret file (no. 23 (156)/ 51-PM) in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) – ‘Disposal of Properties of Indian National Army (INA) in the Far East’ – mentions that “since it has been decided that the assets of INA/IIL funds should be divided between India and Pakistan in the ratio of 2:1, Pakistan might claim a part of this gold in which case it might lead to embarrassment if we were to take charge of it in its entirety now.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nehru, obviously, didn’t knew the value of the gold. In a letter dated November 12, 1953 he had asked the ministry of external affairs to take possession of the gold and inquire about its value. He also sent along a letter of authority as the gold and other funds of the INA, after Netaji’s reported death in a plane crash in 1945, were pledged under his (Nehru’s) name as PM of India.Subsequent inquiries done by the MEA revealed that the amount of gold was Rs. 37,956 at the then Singapore value. Plus, there was a sum of Rs.10 lakh which the Custodian of Enemy Property in Singapore held with him as property of the provisional government of Azad Hind.But as Nehru had gone ahead and done a lot of correspondence for the return of gold, he pursued further and got it back. As for the remaining and larger sum of Rs.10 lakh, Nehru finally decided to let it remain in Singapore and asked the MEA to use the interest accrued on it for giving scholarships for Indian students there, various correspondences in the file reveal.But an intriguing part of this file is that many of its papers were destroyed by Nehru’s PMO without mentioning any reasons, thus leaving out much of mystery about the INA treasure remain unsolved.The first two pages of the file clearly mention the reference numbers of various notes and letters that were destroyed and includes U.O.Note No. d/s-8666, dated August 24, 1953 from Prime Minister Secretariat (as PMO was then known) to Mohd. Yunus, Ministry of External Affairs, and U.O. Note No. D. 3788-8EA/53 dated August 27 from Mohd Yunus, MEA to PM’s Secretariat.It appears from the file that Mohd Yunus had sent another Memo No. 2/53/19713/601 (151) to Prime Minister Secretariat which was also destroyed.

Fifth batch of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s declassifed files made public

The Fifth batch of 25 declassified files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was released online on the web portal netajipapers.gov.in. The present batch of 25 files consists of two files from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) (1951 to 1953), 14 files from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)(1956-2008) and nine files of the Cabinet Secretariat (1956 to 2006), which run into 2248 pages. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It may be recalled that first lot of 100 files relating to Netaji, after their preliminary conservation treatment and digitisation, were put in the public domain by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 23 2016, on the occasion of the 119th birth anniversary of Netaji. The second batch of 50 files, the third batch of 25 files and the fourth batch of 25 files were released subsequently on March 26, April 29 and May 27, 2016 respectively.With Wednesday’s release, 225 declassified files on Netaji have come into the public domain which includes nine files of the Cabinet Secretariat also. Netaji have come into the public domain which includes 9 files of the Cabinet Secretariat also.The present release of 25 files will further meet the continued public demand to access these files and this will also help scholars carry out further research on the doyen of the freedom movement. These files have passed the scrutiny of the specially constituted Committee with experts from the field of Archives who looked into the aspects: 1. To ascertain the physical conditions of the files and carry out necessary repair and conservation wherever needed, through Conservation Unit. 2. To verify the quality of digitisation for enabling the digitised records to be uploaded on netajipapers.gov.in. 3. To check if there is any duplication in the files are being released on the internet for use by the researchers and general public. In 1997, the National Archives of India had received 990 declassified files pertaining to the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) from the Ministry of Defence. In 2012, 271 files/ items pertaining to the Khosla Commission, and 759 files/ items of Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry, in total 1030 files/items were received from the Ministry of Home Affairs. All these files/ items are already open to the public under the Public Records Rules, 1997.

Mathura clashes: Wrong assessment, delay in firing botched up Operation Jawahar Bagh

For more than a year, the Mathura police anticipated a violent retaliation, even bloodshed, if the Ram Vriksha Yadav-led Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena (SBSS) members were to be forcefully evacuated from the illegally occupied Jawahar Bagh.The top brass of the Mathura administration, the police and the judiciary knew that the encroachers were dangerously armed. Yet, on June 2, when a police force of about 1,500 personnel, mainly comprising trainee recruits, were sent to “try and persuade over 2,500 encroachers to evacuate the public property of Jawahar Bagh calmly”, there was no briefing on what if the SBSS members resorted to firing.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>And when they did, the Mathura police only warned them through loudspeakers. A week after the deadly operation that freed Jawahar Bagh from armed men, a serene calm prevails. But beneath this calm lies a toxic hush as the district magistrate and the senior superintendent of police (SSP) leading the operation, that saw 29 deaths, stand transferred. At least 12 police officials are under investigation for fleeing from the spot even as two of their colleagues were grievously wounded. The UP government has ordered a judicial probe.But senior officials from the district administration and police told dna that there was no intelligence failure or inadequate force. It was wrong assessment that resulted in one of worst riots in the pilgrim town.“We had guns and we could have brought the situation under control, had we been given immediate orders to fire in the air. We pleaded with senior officials as the encroachers refused to hold up firing. Stone-pelting and lathicharge from their side were intense,’’ said a Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel, who was at the spot.Intelligence reports show that officials had anticipated a violent scuffle with encroachers in case of a forceful eviction. A local intelligence unit, sent on September 10, 2015, reported that SBSS members are adamant harassers, don’t listen to anyone, defy laws and run a parallel government inside Jawahar Bagh.“They also have licensed guns, arms and explosive materials…In case an operation in Jawahar Bagh is conducted, the SBSS strategised to injure their members and blame the police and district administration,’’ stated the report submitted to the Allahabad High Court.The presence of nearly 400 women, 300 kids and 150 senior citizens inside Jawahar Bagh was a major deterrent for the police.When police force reached around 5 pm, senior officers announced through loudspeakers that they have come to clear the encroachments on HC orders. This was replied by a female voice who ordered to attack the policemen from the loudspeaker. “Karenge ya marenge. They (police) want to turn Jawahar Bagh into Jallianwalla Bagh, we will not let them.’’The barrage of bullets and stones that hailed on the police force from over 2,500 SBSS encroachers was an unexpected reprisal.“We didn’t expect them to react if we did not act. We made a wrong assessment that they will not fire or attack us if we did not show any aggression,’’ said one police superintendent.The FIR filed on the Jawahar Bagh incident corroborates the lapses in judgment by senior administration and police officials, who tried to warn the crowd instead of using force to disperse them.Though a water cannon was used, firing and stone-pelting continued. “This had no effect on the euphoric crowd to stop firing, even after issuing continuous warning… it further infuriated the SBSS encroachers who intensified the firing,’’ the FIR records the event. The police finally opened fire in the air after a district magistrate and a senior police officer on the spot gave orders in writing. SBSS leaders then moved the action towards the main gate of Jawahar Bagh and set temporary bamboo hutments afire. The fire in the kitchen area and the store room, housing food supplies, caused gas cylinders to blast.Large flames engulfed the trees and temporary residences created by the SBSS encroachers. The cylinder blast killed around 12 SBSS members. The remaining members ran to save their lives. Minutes later, a crowd of around 2,000 encroachers ran and escaped through the main entrance gate of Jawahar Bagh. Angry locals who were witness to the operation surrounding Jawahar Bagh caught a few encroachers and beat them up.What is SBBS?The SBSS or Bhartiya Subhash Sena is reportedly a registered political party launched in 2013. The group and its members claim to be the ‘true followers of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’ and also allege a conspiracy which led to disappearance of the leader. Jawahar Bagh was the de facto liberated land of SBSS, occupied since March 2014. Since early 2014, 106 acres of state horticulture department property located in the heart of Mathura was illegally occupied illegally by SBSS and established a parallel government. The Allahabad HC in a May 2015 order directed to evacuate and free the land of encroachment.What police recovered from Jawahar Bagh315 bore country made pistols: 4012 bore country made pistol: 1315 Rifle licence: 1315 country-made rifle: 4315 rifle factory made licensed: 1Air pistol: 1Live bullets: 82White explosive substance: 1 kgBlack grainy explosive substance: 2.5 kgYellow explosive substance: 5 kgElectronic circuit plate: 1Iron pellets: 1 kgOne UBGL 37 mm gas gun, Jefferson, made in USAMobile phones: 95 kg gas cylinders: 15614 kg gas cylinders: 13

Is government going easy on cults for political gains?

With the administration dithering to take any action against them time and again, several quarters are now alleging that groups such as Netaji cult in Mathura or Sati Pati cult in Gujarat were being sheltered for political benefits.The Sati Pati cult in Gujarat, as reported by dna in an exclusive report, has over 6,000 followers across the state. They consider their late leader Keshri Sinh to be the owner of India. Keshri Sinh’s son and heir Ravindra moves around in a red-siren mounted car. Till now, the administration has taken no action against him or the cult.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We do not want to antagonise the local cults. We want to maintain law and order. Moving around in a red-siren car amounts to offence under the Motor Vehicle Act. They have never incited any violence, so sedition charges cannot be framed,” said Ravi Kumar Arora, former collector of Valsad.Sources, however, said not even minor charges have ever been framed against Ravindra, clearly indicating that he enjoys political patronage cutting across the party lines.Reportedly, the local intelligence unit of Mathura had sent at least 80 warnings to the Uttar Pradesh government regarding the Netaji cult’s activities, but they all fell on deaf ears. A cache of arms, including a rocket launcher, was later discovered to be in their possession.”While these cults have been allowed to thrive over the years under the shelter of the administration, had it been a Muslim group, it would have been wiped out on the basis of mere suspicion,” said a senior government official, requesting anonymity.Senior Congress member Manishankar Aiyyar said, “People belonging to cults are mostly paranoid nutcases. In the Mathura violence case, if they had the intent to wage a war against the state, it will be decided upon the culmination of investigation.”Elaborating the issue, senior Supreme Court advocate KTS Tulsi said, “The Netaji cult incident is a case of mass murder and conspiracy, offences that are punishable with death. If there is enough supportive evidence that they wanted to overthrow the government through violent means, charges of sedition under section 124(A) can also be slapped.””In case of Sati Patis, merely saying they denounce the government or that they are boycotting the government schemes is not seditious. Neither is using their logos and symbols an act of sedition,” he added.While the state and Central governments have turned a blind eye or remained secretive about the functioning of the cults, they have slapped sedition charges on individuals or groups for far lesser. “In every case, irrespective of which religion the person belongs to, charges of sedition have been falsely slapped,” maintained Tulsi.Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, who was earlier charged with sedition for ridiculing the government, a charge that was later waived off, said, “The government has wrongly indicted persons under sedition on various occasions.There have been no convictions in court. All individuals were later acquitted. These cults, however, should be investigated thoroughly, something that the state is dithering to do.”

Netaji’s family want CBI to probe Mathura clashes

Miffed over the use of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s name by the sect involved in Mathura violence, his grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose on Tuesday demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident. “Netaji took up arms to fight against the British rule. But now the rule of law is supreme. We have a Constitution that does not allow anyone to take law into their own hands.”They (the sect) were using the name of Netaji for their own vested interests. I feel there should be a CBI inquiry into the incident to bring out the truth,” Bose said. “From where did they get so much of arms and ammunition?” he wondered. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ram Vriksh Yadav, the chief of the violent encroachers at Jawahar Bagh who was among those killed in the clashes with police in Mathura last week, was the leader of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi – an outfit claiming allegiance to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. “I strongly object to the use of Netaji’s name by this sect. They for their own benefit are resorting to violence and maligning the name of Netaji,” Bose added.

Mathura clashes: Survivors of crossfire claim they are innocent, forced to participate in violence

On Sunday afternoon, Mintoo Singh, a youth in his early twenties, lay on a bed in Mathura’s district hospital as local cops made rounds. A bullet had pierced through his left cheek leaving a deep wide wound that had begun to infect his jaw and tongue.With half of his face numb, Singh pleaded for help. “The doctors here told police that I need to be taken to Agra but they left me here. I have a bullet wound on my face and I have been begging them to take me for treatment but no one listens. They (police) are telling me that I was the one who fired at them but I did no such thing,” said Mintoo.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly city, Mintoo said that he had arrived at Jawaharbagh in March 2016 and continued to stay there against his will till the day of the police encounter, now being referred to as Operation Jawaharbagh.”My family members were followers of Baba Gurudev and I had come to pay my respects. Every time I wanted to go back, the men there would ask me to stay for a few more days,” said Mintoo adding that he had no intention to fight the police.”On the day of the firing, some men with guns distributed lathis. I didn’t want to fight anyone, so I was roaming around clueless. That’s when police rained fire. I got hit and fell to the ground. Some time later I was brought here and have been laying on this bed,” Mintoo said. “I will die if I don’t get treatment,” he added.His is not the only case that shows the brutal aftermath of a three-hour-long gunfight that took place between followers of Swadheen Bharat Subash Sena and UP police earlier this week.In another ward was Ram Sampat, also in his early twenties.”There were men with guns who told us to be at the front-lines soon after the first fires were shot. We were told to stand guard with lathis and attack anyone who tried to enter. But after seeing the magnitude of the police force, we ran for cover. Police were firing tear gas and we could barely see what was happening. I was grabbed by some policemen who beat me up and other youth before admitting us here (district hospital),” said Sampat, before a constable intervened and asked this reporter to leave.While those who survived the bloody gunfight – that claimed the lives of 27, including that of two police officers – maintain that they were innocent and were forced to be in Jawaharbagh against their will, the fate of the ones killed inside the 270-acre plot is far more horrid.dna, while visiting the local mortuary, witnessed the charred and decaying bodies of those who died during a fire that police claim was set by followers of the Netaji cult.At the mortuary, which is hardly a kilometre away from site of gunfight, a total of 18 bodies were brought the day after the encounter took place. Only one, leader of the Subash Sena, Ram Vriksh Yadav, has been identified by a former aide of his. The rest await postmortem in a facility which is far from possessing necessary equipment to preserve the bodies.On Sunday, when dna visited the morgue, the bodies were kept in a room with huge blocks of ice on them while blood and puss seeped out of the room attracting flies. So strong was the smell emanating from the charred corpses, that people on the street, many feet away, had to use handkerchief to cover their noses.”I don’t think anyone will come forward to identify them. They might have been living with their families in Jawaharbagh, who are now being hunted down. Who will come to claim these men,” said Shyam, a staffer at the morgue.

Who was Ram Vriksh Yadav? Uncovering the mastermind behind Mathura clashes

A man who lived in a world of his own, with a strong belief in self-propounded theories and a hardcore conviction that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Baba Jai Gurudev were still alive.

This man was Ram Vriksh Yadav, the one held responsible for the violence in Mathura that led to the death of 24 persons, including two police officers.

The mastermind and cult leader that triggered the violent stand-off is now confirmed to have died in the clashes that occurred on Thursday. According to a report in NDTV, he was among the several bodies that could not be confirmed till late Saturday evening, as many of them were charred beyond recognition.

Violence in Mathura. PTIViolence in Mathura. PTI

Violence in Mathura. PTI

Ram Vriksh was the self-styled leader of Swadhin Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah (SBVS), a movement that has made ludicrous demands in the past on behalf of all Indians – 60 litres of diesel for a rupee, 40 litres of petrol for a rupee, 12 tolas of gold for a rupee, and the abolishing of the Indian currency. Another such strong demand by Yadav was to replace the Indian currency with coins bearing the image of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

Born in a humble family of the Rampur-Baghpur village, which falls under Marda police station in Gazipur district of Uttar Pradesh, Ram Vriksh Yadav studied up to class XII in the village school. He went on to complete his graduation from a college in the adjoining Mau district.

Yadav owned just two acres of land in his village, which he did not attend to, and is now being ploughed by local villagers. His small dilapidated house made of mud, lies neglected and locked now.

He joined the anti-emergency movement and landed up in jail along with two of his co-villagers – Sudama Yadav and Deena. All three were later issued an emergency-era political detainees pension of Rs 15,000 per person from the state government.

On being released from jail, he became a close confidant of Baba Jai Guru Dev, around the time when Baba founded his political outfit, the Doordarshi Party. Later, he even contested Assembly elections from the Zahoorabad seat in 1984, and again unsuccessfully contested the parliamentary elections from Gazipur in 1991. Both times, he contested under the banner of Baba Jai Guru Dev’s Doordarshi Party, which used the ‘rising sun’ as its election symbol.

Yadav also authored a book titled ‘Vidhik Satyagrah’, in which he discussed a term he described as ‘Financial Freedom Struggle’. He dwells on strange theories like banning the Indian currency, changes in the Indian constitution for the selection process of the President and the Prime Minister etc.

It seems that he had taken cues from the theories of Nathan Rosche Pound, a distinguished American legal scholar of the 20th century. But Yadav quickly lost the plot, and ended up publishing a book which was far from the ground realities and closer to ‘Yadav and his wonderland’. His SBVS even boasts of a YouTube channel.

Read: Jai Gurudev to Ram Vriksha Yadav: Mathura clashes, an example of history as tragedy and farce

He left behind his wife, two sons and two daughters. But only two of his children had lived with him – elder daughter is married and living with her husband, one son is living away from the family. It was in early 2012, when the Akhilesh Yadav government was installed in Uttar Pradesh, that Yadav moved to Agra from an ashram of Jai Guru Dev, somewhere in Madhya Pradesh.

It was also in 2012, when under the banner of Swadheen Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah, that Yadav held a one day dharna at the Jawahr Bagh in Mathura demanding, apart from other things, cancellation of the appointment of the president and the prime ministerial elections in India, and replacing the existing currency with that of the ‘Azad Hind Fauj’ of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

But after the dharna was over, Yadav did not move from the 280-acre government land and, slowly and steadily, the population of his followers started swelling. The Jawahar Bagh became a mysterious township in its own right. With the blessings of a powerful minister of the state, even the local authorities could not muster the courage of getting the government land evicted.

Yadav’s clout was on the rise and there were numerous cases when he openly misbehaved with police officials and district administration officers. Knowing about his political backing from Lucknow, no official wanted to get involved in any controversy with Yadav.

He had become the voice and face of the illegal encroachers who had come and settled in Jawahar Bagh with him. Freebies such as food and other facilities had attracted a large number of youth and Yadav, who had become a force to be reckoned with in Mathura, started moving around with rifle-totting bodyguards.

Locals say that within days, the population of Jawahar Bagh rose to almost three thousand, and the district administration simply chose not to take notice of that. But the bigger mystery is who was funding Ram Vriksh Yadav and his followers?

For over two years, all those staying there were being provided three meals a day, and this would be impossible without a strong financier. Also, it is no secret that Yadav himself did not have the financial capability to feed such a large number of people for over two years.

Not only this, the sugar sold in the market for Rs 35 per kg was being sold at Rs 25 per kg. Grapes, which cost Rs 60 per kg were being sold there at Rs 20 per kg. Who was bearing this subsidy on behalf of Ram Vriksh Yadav?

Insiders say that Ram Vriksh Yadav was part of a strategy to protect the empire of Jai Guru Dev, that was holding fort in the ashram in Mathura.

The distance between Jawahar Bagh and the ashram is hardly two and a half kilometers. And Yadav was camping there as a protection force for those holding fort at the Mathura Ashram, in case another faction tried to forcibly take control of the ashram.

The background to the whole story is quite interesting. Baba Jai Guru Dev, when alive, had transferred his powers of giving guru- deeksha and naamdaan to new disciples – to his closest lieutenant Umakant Tiwari. Everyone thought that Tiwari would succeed Baba after his death but this was not to happen. Baba died on 18 May 2012.

Surprisingly, Baba Jai Gurudev’s onetime driver Pankaj Yadav was declared the next chief of Gurudev’s Trust, which controls assets to the tune of Rs 12000 crore.

As per the letter, Baba Jai Gurudev – on 20 July 2010, had given this in writing to the Etawah civil court that Pankaj Yadav will inherit his assets. It was Pankaj Yadav who performed the last rites of the Baba.

Among the assets under the Trust is the sprawling ashram on the Delhi highway, besides a school and petrol station in Mathura. The Trust also, reportedly, had over Rs 100 crore deposited in banks at the time, besides land worth thousands of crore. Among other possessions was Baba Gurudev’s fleet of cars, including many Mercedes Benz cars and BMWs. As per a report, the fleet in itself is worth more than Rs 150 crore.

The turning point came when former president of the Mathura Bar Association, advocate Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, moved a Public Interest Litigation in the high court, pleading for the eviction of illegal encroachers led by Ram Vriksh Yadav from Jawahar Bagh.

The high court passed an order asking the state government and the local administration to get the public property cleared of the encroachers.

Now, the police and the administration had no other choice than to comply with the order of the high court. On Thursday, the police force reached Jawahar Bagh to get the area evicted. This was the time when all hell broke loose and heavily armed supporters of Ram Vriksh Yadav, who were already perched up on trees, open-fired at the police, and also lobbed grenades at them.

The police were not prepared to battle this sort of an assault and one inspector and a Superintendent of Police were killed. Additional forces were called in to combat the violent supporters of Ram Vriksh Yadav and by the time the operation ended, 24 persons had lost their lives, including the cult leader. In the post-operation clean-up, 47 country made pistols, 184 cartridges and 178 hand grenades were recovered from Jawahar Bagh.

In the recent years, cult culture has been on the rise in India in almost all states of the country. One cult or the other is sprouting, and very soon they create their very own fiefdom with surprisingly large number of supporters.

Not to be missed is the point that they all enjoy political backing and are also used as an en bloc vote banks by the political parties. It is only when mass violence of this nature erupts, that the governments wake up to initiate cover up jobs.

Azad Bharat cult: All you need to know about the sect behind Mathura clashes

The Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi cult was formed by Tulsidas Maharaj aka “Baba Jai Gurudev”, a Yadav by birth hailing from a small village in Etawah. He was known to have close ties with Samajwadi President president Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Yadav.The “guru”, who was known to have lived long beyond the age of 100, had set up a sprawling 33-hectare ‘ashram in Mathura, a large part of which was illegal possession. He died in 2012.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also dabbled in politics and had formed a Doordarshi Party, which fought several elections but never won. The cult owns huge swathes of land on the Delhi-Agra highway, large portions of which are illegally occupied.
ALSO READ Mathura clashes: Head of Azad Bharat sect Ram Vriksha Yadav and son still missingAZAD HIND GOALThe Swadheen Bharat Sena lures mostly poor and landless people into its ranks with plans of setting up an “Azad Hind” government in keeping with the ideals of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The ‘sena’ also promises them government land on lease if they serve the self-styled army.The ‘sena’ has been on a ‘satyagrah’ at Jawahar Bagh for over two years now demanding petrol at Rs 1/litre. They also want Mahatma Gandhi’s picture on Indian currency notes to be replaced by that of Bose.The “sena” activists chant “Jai Hind Jai Subhash” as a mark of respect to Subhash Chandra Bose.SET UP THEIR OWN ADMINISTRATIONThe encroachers at Jawahar Bagh had set up their own system of administration by establishing “courts and jail barracks” and meted out torture and punishment to inmates for violating their rules as they refused to recognise the Constitution and laws of the country.”They established a township and food items were provided there. They also started running a government. They started giving punishment to people and torturing them. They set up courts, jail barracks and also set up ‘pravachan’ centres and takhts,” IG Agra Zone, Durga Charan Mishra said.The IG said, “When a civilian or official went inside they would attack them. They did not allow the followers to step outside under any condition. They would be given written permits for going outside and they expected that the followers were only allowed outside if someone from outside came in. They would only be allowed to leave for 1-2 days and would be let inside quietly.” (With PTI inputs)

Removal of PM Modi, Prez, among strange demands of obscure group behind Mathura violence

The obscure Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi that shot into limelight in the wake of the Mathura violence is a little known cult group claiming to be followers of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The group has been making weird demands like removal of the President and the Prime Minister and discontinuation of the Indian currency. They also want 40 litre of petrol for Re one and 60 litre of diesel for Re one. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Violence erupted when police were trying to evict the heavily armed illegal occupants of Jawahar Bagh spread over 280 acres on government land in the pilgrim city of Mathura on the orders of the Allahabad High Court. The encroachers were believed to be activists of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, an outfit that claims allegiance to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi and Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena are the two groups that have been protesting there for a very long time. They have demanded that all the documents related to Netaji be made public. Their demands also include the cancellation of elections of the President and Prime Minister of India. They want the Indian currency to be replaced by the ‘Azad Hind Fauj Currency’.

Declassified files reveal ex-PM Morarji Desai declined to accept inquiry commissions report about Netaji’s death

Former Prime Minister Morarji Desai had declined to accept the findings of two Commission of Inquiries that concluded Subhas Chandra Bose died in a plane crash in August 1945, according to the 25 declassified files on Netaji released on Friday. He also re-opened the issue of a fresh enquiry about the mysterious disappearance of Netaji and felt it would be more effective to have an investigative inquiry by experts to find out the reality.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former MP Samar Guha, in a letter dated February 26, 1991, to then MP Madhu Dandavate, said, “…Morarji Desai, in a public statement in Lok Sabha in September 1978, declined to accept the findings of the Shah Nawaz Committee and Khosla Commission of Enquiry into ‘disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’ since August 18, 1945 as ‘conclusive’.”Shri Morarji Desai as the Prime Minister of India, thus, re-opened the issue of a fresh inquiry about Netaji mystery,” the letter read.Guha also said that Morarji had suggested to him that “instead of holding any public enquiry after so many years of alleged aircrash involving Netaji it will be more effective if an investigative inquiry by experts is made to find out what really happened to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.” He also sought that the then Prime Minister Chandrashekhar should set up an Expert Committee for High Level Investigation into the “secret documents” on disappearance of Bose.While two commissions of inquiry had concluded that Netaji had died in a plane crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945, a third probe panel, headed by Justice M K Mukherjee in 1999, had contested it and suggested that Bose was alive.Earlier, Culture Minister released the third batch of 25 declassified files related to Netaji. The first lot of 100 files, after their preliminary conservation treatment and digitisation, were put in the public domain on January 23, while the second lot of 50 files were released on March 29.

Netaji files declassification: Morarji Desai raised questions about death

New Delhi: Former Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai had raised questions about the death of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in 1977, the newly released declassified files revealed.

The third cache of 25 files was released by union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma at the National Archives in New Delhi.

The latest batch comprises five files from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), five from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), and 15 from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), pertaining to the period between 1956 and 2009.

Speaking to the media after the release of the files, the minister said in a letter in 1977 Moraji Desai ordered further inquiry into the death of Netaji while previous governments concluded that he died in a plane crash on August 18, 1945.

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. ReutersNetaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Reuters

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Reuters

Sharma also added the declassified files raise various questions regarding Netaji’s ashes, kept in a temple in Tokyo, and the possibility of DNA verification of it.

“Morarji Desai questioned the veracity of reports of Netaji’s death while the previous governments have concluded that he died in a plane crash in 1945. However, there were various questions regarding where he died, when and what time,” Sharma said.

“Though previous governments have ruled out a DNA test on his ashes, it also needs to be discussed whether a DNA test of his ashes can be carried out or not,” he added.

Two previous commissions of inquiry said that Netaji had died in a plane crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945. Contrary to the two commission reports, a third panel headed by Justice M.K. Mukherjee concluded that Bose was alive.

Speaking on the occasion, Sharma announced that the Centre will soon set up a Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose memorial and museum in the capital.
“The demand for Netaji memorial was in the public domain since 1977 and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to fulfil people’s wish. The formalities of a memorial and museum are done and the process is in the advanced stage,” the minister said.

“The memorial will have all documents related to Bose and will be available for research work,” he said.

Taking a dig at the Congress, Sharma said the previous Congress regimes tried to keep the files away from public. “I think some questions and answers are hidden regarding Netaji and the people of this country have the right to know the truth.”

Last month, the government said in the Lok Sabha that two files, including one from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), related to Netaji were missing. It also said Japan had agreed to declassify two files on Netaji by the year-end.

Asked about the missing files, Sharma said investigations were on regarding the missing files. “We are investigating on the missing files”.

He also said the move by Japan and Russia to help India with more files regarding Netaji is a welcome one.

25 declassified files on Netaji to be released tomorrow

The next trance of 25 declassified files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be released on Friday.”Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma will release the next set of 25 files pertaining to Bose tomorrow,” an official said.Last month, the minister had released 50 declassified files relating to the leader on web portal www.netajipapers.gov.in. Similarly, as many as hundred secret files were made public by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Netaji’s 119th birth anniversary on January 23.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In October last year, Modi had met the family members of Netaji and announced that the government would declassify the files relating to the leader whose disappearance 70 years ago remains a mystery.While two commissions of inquiry had concluded that Netaji had died in a plane crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945, a third probe panel, headed by Justice M K Mukherjee, had contested it and suggested that Bose was alive.

Will be in politics until we can drive Mamata out of West Bengal: Chandra Bose

What are your expectations from this election?This is basically a fight to establish some kind of order into governance. In 2011, people of Bengal voted for a change. The Left front was there for 34 long years. In the initial years, the first 10 especially from 1977-87, they did some work in the rural areas. The panchayat system that was brought in by the Congress was implemented by the Left front in the districts. However, the cities were completely neglected, especially Kolkata. During, the last five years of their rule, Left front workers would terrorise people for votes and there was resentment among the masses.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mamata Banerjee took advantage of this situation. She formed TMC in 1998 and she has been working hard at the grassroot level. She has been a rabble-rouser. She could connect with the masses because of the way she speaks, and people, especially the downtrodden, in rural areas, could connect with her. They brought in TMC hoping for a change.But Mamata’s contribution ended with the removal of Left. She did not have the capability or she was not really interested in governance. The main concern of TMC is to stay in power by hook or crook. She promised investments in the state because during the Left regime there was complete stagnation. The CPI(M) and the Left unions and the kind of work culture they brought about made corporate houses stay away from Bengal. That trend worsened under TMC. Dunlop, which used to operate in a couple of shifts during the Left, have practically closed shop. The entire jute industry is closed. The tea gardens in North Bengal are in a disarray, the workers are starving to death. It is highly unfortunate that Tata Motors could not come and set up their factory. 80% of the work had been completed in Singur, they should have been allowed to set up their factory. Singur would have been the Jamshedpur of Bengal. And it is not just the Tata factory, but hundreds of ancillary firms, which could have been set up centred around Tata Motors. The entire area would have become prosperous.Mamata Banerjee should have realised, once the land is acquired for industrial work, the same land cannot be returned to farmers for cultivation. It is concretised. Only about 30% of the farmers were not willing to give the land. Nowhere in the world would you get 100% support in such matters. If 70% farmers were ready, negotiations could have been done with the remaining 30%. They should have been persuaded. Instead of that, a political movement was raised by the TMC, misguiding the farmers of Singur, which is a graveyard today. The factory has gone to Gujarat. West Bengal’s loss is Gujarat’s gain.Your criticism of Mamata may be right but the fight currently seems between TMC and the alliance between Congress and Left. Hence the question, what are your expectations from the elections and what would be a satisfactory performance for the BJP?West Bengal has seen the Congress government prior to 1977, then the long tenure of Left and now the misrule of TMC for the last five years. BJP has not got an opportunity in Bengal. BJP was not very keen on Bengal in the past but now BJP is very serious about it. It is BJP’s turn now. When I campaign in Bhawanipore area and elsewhere in Bengal, people would like to give a chance to the BJP and see our performance in the next five years. I feel, if we have a free and fair election, if our supporters are allowed to vote, we have a fairly good chance of forming the government.You mentioned Bhawanipore, which is your constituency and the TMC’s candidate from there is Mamata Banerjee. Do you think you stand a chance of beating the Chief Minister?Mamata Banerjee has become the CM by default. She is not really considered the CM of West Bengal. She took the opportunity of the disillusionment with the Left and came to power. But today, the CM’s position in West Bengal is vacant. She has established herself as the CM of syndicate raj, which operates in Kolkata and Bengal. I explain TMC as a congregation of criminals, hoodlums and opportunists, who have assembled to gain power, to self-aggrandise.The flyover collapse, Saradha scam, Narada sting, have appeared in quick successions and they would certainly influence the voters. Mamata would lose all her seats in Kolkata, if the voters are allowed. I say that because, to give an example, I could not find an office space in Bhawanipore area. I am operating from a cramped office where only six people can sit. TMC goons are threatening voters in the constituency and South Kolkata.It seems you are laying a foundation to cry foul. The election commission has been taking all the necessary precautions. Are you saying they are not as strong in the city?The Election Commission has to be strong. Central forces should be fully alert. If the TMC goons can be kept at bay, then I think BJP has a fairly good chance in Kolkata seats. And in Bengal, there would be many surprises. I do not want to give a number because that would be guesswork.Why are you contesting against Mamata? You should have chosen a seat where your chances were better. You could have at least gone into the assembly.My idea is not to become an MLA. My idea is to fight injustice. I do not consider her the CM of Bengal. She should be driven out of West Bengal so the state can be saved. These are strong words but it is not me, the people of Bhawanipore have said that we are from a civil society, so we would not physically drive her out. We will do it at the ballot box.What attracted you towards the BJP? Rather, how did the BJP convince you to join politics?I am born into the family of Subhash Chandra Bose. Netaji was one of the first nationalists of India. And today, BJP stands for that nationalism. I find Narendra Modi ji a pragmatist. Subhash Chandra Bose, too, was a pragmatist. A lot of people say Netaji was a fascist. He was pro-Japan. It is not true. He was a pragmatist. He realised, at that juncture, you need the help of Germany to liberate India. Similarly, he took the help of Japan when he went to South East Asia. Because that was the most practical thing to do. Similarly, Modi is very flexible. Here is a leader of 21st century India who believes in development. Subhash Bose believed in modern science, technology and development. He was progressive. So is Modi ji. Also, Modi is inclusive. Netaji too was very inclusive. But that is the biggest charge against the BJP, that they are alienating the minorities.There are fringe elements in all parties, which must be contained. Religion is a personal issue. I feel politics and religion should not be mixed up. But, unfortunately, it does not happen. Congress party is the first party to bring religion into politics. Similarly, casteism has come into politics. Because once religion comes in, casteism follows. We must alienate religion from politics. And Modi is a leader who would like to respect all religions.You mentioned fringe elements. These fringe elements are in your cabinet and they do not seem to be respecting other religions.India is a diverse nation. And BJP is a national party, where you have people from all walks of life. India is a democratic country and you have free speech. Sometimes, certain people hoist their opinions and arguments. But I feel India is an inclusive country. That was Subhash Bose’s idea of India and today BJP has accepted Subhash Bose’s ideology as its own.Netaji was the strongest possible socialist voice in Congress. How can BJP and Subhash Bose’s ideology be the same?Netaji was a socialist in the sense that he wanted to have his own Indian way of socialism and development. He never accepted the import of ideologies from abroad. But today, BJP is a party which believes in pragmatism. There is nothing known as a left, right or socialist ideology anymore. In 21st century India, it is time for political parties to practice pragmatism. This is a misconception spread by opposition, that BJP is communal or right wing. BJP has evolved into a party which believes in working with all communities.I have read fair bit of Netaji and the most striking criticism by him was reserved for communism and Hindutva. I am pretty sure some of the statements by your party leaders would have disgusted him. How can the BJP, then, appropriate Netaji and, more so, you join the BJP?The concept of the staunch Hindutva is not what the BJP stands for.Apart from the fact that many of statements made by BJP leaders suggest otherwise, the allegiance to the RSS is well-known and one cannot say RSS does not stand for Hindutva.BJP and RSS are separate organisations. You cannot say the BJP falls under the umbrella of RSS. But yes, there are people in BJP who have come from RSS. That is history now. They have evolved into a different political being joining the BJP. Hindutva does not mean you are against other religions. Hindutva respects other religions. It is a propaganda spread by Congress. Today, if you see Modi’s speeches, he is trying to be extremely inclusive. And that is one of the main reasons why I joined BJP.Coming back to Netaji, don’t you think the BJP is milking his legacy?BJP is the first party to respect and honour Netaji. For the last 70 years, the Congress has suppressed each and every document pertaining to Subhash Bose. His disappearance angle, documents trickling out proves there was no air crash. Congress kept secrecy on the entire episode, why? On January 23, 2016, the first transparent government of Independent India was established by releasing the Netaji files. The process is on and it would be completed in 2018. This has been the demand of the people of this great nation, that we would like to know what happened to the liberator of India. Congress’ entire effort to suppress files had been successful so far. I agree the Congress is obsessed with the family and, thereby, has forgotten other major leaders. That is precisely why the BJP has been allowed to highjack freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Sardar Patel or Netaji, who did not conform to the BJP ideology at all.A party goes through transformation. BJP, when it was formed, was a different party. BJP under Modi is a different party which has evolved into a different progressive set up. What I find good about BJP is it is accepting the change. Maybe, for many years they did not. There were orthodox leaders. But under Modi, we have a progressive group that is willing to change and move forward.Whether it is JNU, Hyderabad, Srinagar or FTII, the BJP government seems to be constantly at loggerheads with students. Don’t you think the mood of the nation is going against the party for indulging in everything other than governance? BJP is not at all at loggerheads with students. There are certain misguided students. They must come back to the mainstream. You see, I have very closely interacted with terrorist organisations like ULFA in Northeast. I got to know the ULFA commanders and they were very educated boys, but they were misguided. Today, most of them have come back to the mainstream national life. I feel certain political parties are misguiding the JNU, Jadhavpur students for their political motive.Are you comparing ULFA recruits with Kanhaiya Kumar?No, not at all. I am speaking merely about misguidance. The Left forces have tried to utilise Kanhaiya, who is an innocent boy. He can be brought back to the mainstream. He has been brainwashed to create havoc in JNU.He does not seem like a guy who can be influenced so easily.Well, the kind of statements he has been making, I do not think he would make them if he is not influenced.You briefly spoke about the Congress suppressing the documents concerning Netaji. But the declassified files did not throw up anything the right wing expected it would. On the contrary, Nehru was looking out for Netaji. The only new development turned out to be a photoshopped letter in which Nehru spelt Attlee incorrectly.No. There are very serious links that have been found where it is clearly stated Netaji never died in the air crash. He went into soviet Russia. But we do not what happened after that. Only the KGB files will tell us. Modi government is the first government that has officially written to Russia, Great Britain, Austria and Germany asking them to release files regarding Netaji, if any. During Manmohan Singh’s tenure, Justice Mukherjee had requested him to take the initiative because when he went to Moscow, the KGB officials told him, ‘If the PM writes to Russian President, we will consider releasing those files’. Singh did not care to reply. But Modi has not only written to Russia, he personally spoke with Putin.Are you saying there is a lot more declassification to be done? Because the first set did not implicate Nehru everyone thought or hoped it would.The intention is not to implicate anyone. The intention is to expose the truth. If some of the Congress leaders have committed a crime, I think the Congress party should expose them. Nehru was not god. If he has committed a crime, Congress should expose that.We do not know whether he has committed a crime.Yes, we do not know. I am not saying that.Did BJP’s anti-Nehru campaign work for you while joining their ranks?I don’t think so. You have to correct history. Everything is around Nehru. Every university and college is named after him. The point is Nehru’s role should be stated as it was. I do not want to downgrade him, nor do I want to exaggerate things. Many of our freedom fighters do not find a place in our history books. It was a joint effort. It started from 1857. But nothing is there. Only Nehru aaya, baat kiya aur ho gaya. This is a bit ridiculous. At the same time, we should not say Nehru is a bad man. We will say what he exactly was.What was Nehru?Partition happened because of Nehru. Jinnah and Muslim League never wanted it. I say this from personal knowledge. My father was involved in the freedom movement. Netaji was imprisoned in the medical college. This was in 1937 when the elections were held in provinces. Netaji proposed the elections should be held jointly with the Muslim League. After the elections, joint ministries should be formed. Jinnah accepted it. When it was placed in the Congress Working Committee, Nehru and Gandhi rejected it. That is why Jinnah in 1940 for the first time raised the Pakistan issue. Jinnah realised he could not share power in India. He was alienated and pushed aside.But the two-nation theory was first mooted by Savarkar in 1920s. The alienation must have begun then.But Muslim League did not want Partition. In India, we blame Jinnah for Partition. He was definitely there. But it was Nehru who mooted the idea and pushed Jinnah completely to a place from where he could not come back to India’s main frame. Nehru made serious mistakes. He was in a hurry to become PM. He should have let Jinnah become the PM, he was dying in any case. After that, Nehru could have become the PM.Coming back to Bengal, do you intend to remain in politics irrespective of the results?Yes. I am here. I will ensure the state gets a government that works.Reports suggest Mamata is likely to retain power. If she does, would you continue to be in active politics?If she comes back to power, it will be hara-kiri for West Bengal, it is better to commit suicide. And I will continue to be in politics until we can drive her out of the state.

West Bengal Elections: Mamata Banerjee declares net worth, doesn’t own any vehicle or property

Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has declared her net worth to a little above Rs 30 lakh.According to her self-sworn affidavit filed before the Election Commission, Banerjee who is fighting from Bhawanipur Assembly constituency, doesn’t own any vehicle or property but has a multi-gym machine worth Rs 2.15 lakh.The 61-year-old’s income for the year 2014-15 was Rs 5.92 lakh as filed before the income tax authorities.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Her total movable assets are worth Rs 30.45 lakh. Cash in hand with the chief minister is Rs 18,436 while she has a bank balance of Rs 27.6 lakh which includes Rs 6 lakh in her election expenditure account. She has 9.75 gram jewellery worth about Rs 27,000 in the market.By educational qualification, she is an MA from the University of Calcutta and also holds an LLB degree. Earlier in the day, Banerjee filed her nomination papers for Bhabanipur constituency where she is pitted against Congress’ Deepa Dasmunshi and BJP candidate Chandra Kumar Bose, grandnephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

West Bengal Elections: Mamata Banerjee, Deepa Das Munshi, Chandra Bose file nomination

All three top candidates contesting from Bhawanipur assembly constituency filed their nominations on Friday. Former Union Minister Deepa Das Munshi will be contesting against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Netaji’s grand-nephew Chandra Kumar Bose is also in the fray. Trinamool Congress supremo and party’s heavy weight candidate Mamata Banerjee filed her nomination papers for the Bhawanipur constituency on Friday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Banerjee, flanked by party general secretary Subrata Bakshi filed her nomination at 1pm at Alipore Survey Building. Congress-Left Front alliance candidate from the same constituency, Deepa Das Munshi also filed her nomination papers. Earlier, the Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee President Adhir Chowdhury had announced the name of party general secretary Om Prakash Mihsra as the candidate pitted against Banerjee from the Bhawanipur assembly segment. However, the Central Election Committee of the Congress party later decided to field Munshi against Banerjee. BJP’s candidate and Netaji’s kin Chandra Kumar Bose also filed his nomination paper. Mamata is expected to win comfortably despite presence of two other heavy weight candidates. Mamata Banerjee had won the Bhawanipur assembly by-election in 2011 by a comfortable margin of 54,213 votes, defeating Left Front candidate Nandini Mukhopadhyay. Election to the Bhawanipur assembly constituency is scheduled for April 30.

Cong govt destroyed files, Pakistan agreed to help India with info on Netaji: What the latest files reveal

The latest declassification of 50 files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose has now revealed some more confusing information. Files released on Tuesday include matters pertaining to Netaji’s ashes and the probe into his disappearance following the controversial air crash of 1945 in which he is believed to have perished.

According to a report in The Times of India, the latest declassification proves that the Congress government in the 60s and 70s destroyed several files.

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in a file photo. ReutersNetaji Subhash Chandra Bose in a file photo. Reuters

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in a file photo. Reuters

The reported quoted the documents as saying, “one file no. 12(226)56-PM has been destroyed on 6.3.1972; certain documents of file no. 23(156)51-PM have been destroyed while recording that file; and one file no. 2(381)60-66PM (proposal to bring Shri Subhas Chandra Bose’s ashes from Tokyo to put up a memorial to him in front of the Red Fort in Delhi) is not readily traceable in our records.”

Meanwhile the Hindustan Times reports that in 1968 a Pakistani official had promised to help India get information about Bose’s journey through Peshawar, Kabul, Tashkent, Moscow and Berlin during World War II.

The files, according to the report, suggest that then Indian high commissioner S Sen had received a positive reply from Pakistan’s information secretary Altaf Gauhar when he had asked if the country could help India with information on Netaji.

Hindustan Times quotes Sen’s report to the External Affairs Ministry as saying, “Mr Altaf Gauhar advised that while there was no objection to this kind of scientific research being undertaken with Pakistan’s cooperation, no publicity should be given to this matter simply because Netaji’s background has many political implications which are not liked by several political elements”

The documents also reveal that the Indira Gandhi government had refused to set up a fresh inquiry into the mysterious death of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as demanded by a large number of MPs in 1968.

An unstarred question No 1408 raised in the Lok Sabha in February 1968 was answered by the then government, saying there was no need for a fresh probe. “The government has accepted the conclusion of the official inquiry committee appointed in 1956 that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose met his death in an air crash in the year 1945. Since no new facts have been brought to light, the government does not consider that any fresh inquiry is warranted,” it said.

The latest release of 50 files will further meet the “continued public demand” to access these files and this will also help scholars carry out further research on Bose’s role in India’s freedom movement, an official source said.

The new batch of 50 files consists of 10 files from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), 10 from the home ministry and 30 files from the external affairs ministry, pertaining to the period from 1956 to 2009.

The first batch of 100 files relating to Netaji, after their preliminary conservation, treatment and digitisation, was put in the public domain by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 23 – on the occasion of the 119th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter.

In 1997, the National Archives of India had received 990 declassified files pertaining to the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) from the defence ministry, and in 2012 1,030 files/items pertaining to the Khosla Commission (271 files/items) and Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry (759 files/items) from the home ministry.

With IANS inputs

Air India plane makes emergency landing in Kolkata after engine snag

An Air India Delhi-bound flight from Hong Kong with around 154 passengers onboard was diverted to Kolkata, where it landed under emergency conditions after the pilot detected a snag in the aircraft engine.The snag-hit Boeing 787-800 (Dreamliner) plane is now grounded at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here, sources said.An Air India spokesperson in Delhi said that the aircraft made a precautionary landing at around 2015 hours, and all passengers have been deplaned safely. Air India is making arrangements to fly the stranded passengers to their destination in its Kolkata-Delhi flight, the spokesperson said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Mahesh Sharma releases 50 declassified files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

Minister of State for Tourism, Culture and Civil Avialtion, Mahesh Sharma, on Tuesday released second batch of fifty declassified files relating to late freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The documents consist of ten files each from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Home Ministry, and 30 files from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) pertaining to the period 1956 to 2009.In January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had put the first lot of 100 files in the public domain on the occasion of the 119th birth anniversary of Netaji. The present release of files will further meet the continued public demand to access them and it will also facilitate scholars to carry out further research on the doyen of the freedom movement.

Centre releases 50 more declassified files about Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

New Delhi: The central government on Tuesday released 50 more declassified files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

This was posted on the web portal netajipapers.gov.in by culture minister Mahesh Sharma.

A Subhas Chandra Bose portrait on display at the Netaji Research Bureau in Kolkata. ReutersA Subhas Chandra Bose portrait on display at the Netaji Research Bureau in Kolkata. Reuters

A Subhas Chandra Bose portrait on display at the Netaji Research Bureau in Kolkata. Reuters

Among the files released on Tuesday include matters pertaining to Netaji’s ashes and the probe into his disappearance following the controversial air crash of 1945, in which he is believed to have perished.

An official source said that the latest release of files will “further meet the continued public demand to access these files” and this will also help scholars carry out further research on Bose’s role in India’s freedom movement.

The new batch of files consists of 10 files from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), 10 from the Home Ministry and 30 files from the External Affairs Ministry, pertaining to the period from 1956 to 2009.

The first batch of 100 files relating to Netaji, after their preliminary conservation, treatment and digitisation, was put in the public domain by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 23, the occasion of the 119th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter.

In 1997, the National Archives of India had received 990 declassified files pertaining to the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) from the Defence Ministry, and in 2012, 1,030 files/items pertaining to the Khosla Commission (271 files/items) and Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry (759 files/items) from the Home Ministry.


West Bengal: BJP releases first list of 52 candidates, Netaji’s grandnephew up against Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata: The BJP on Wednesday announced the first list of 52 candidates for the upcoming assembly election in West Bengal and pitched Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Bose will be the BJP candidate for the Bhowanipore assembly constituency, which Trinamool Congress Chief won comfortably in the last election.

“Chandra Kumar Bose, the grandnephew of Netaji, would be the BJP candidate against Mamata Banerjee in the West Bengal assembly polls,” union HRD Minister Smriti Irani announced in New Delhi.

Asked whether Bose will be the party’s chief ministerial candidate, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said: “It has not been decided but he will contesting against Mamata Banerjee.”

The 55-year-old Bose, grandson of Netaji’s elder brother Sarat Chandra Bose, on January 25 formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of its president Amit Shah at a public rally in Kolkata’s neighbouring Howrah district.

The Congress has decided to name its state unit general secretary and Jadavpur University professor Om Prakash Mishra against Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress supremo.

Later, after the meeting of BJP’s central election committee, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and president Amit Shah, the party announced a list of 52 candidates, including five women.

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh will contest from Kharagpur Sadar seat in Kharagpur.


Congress files FIR against two persons for offensive comments against Nehru

Cuttack: The Congress has lodged an FIR against two persons who had allegedly made derogatory remarks against Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in the visitors’ book at the Netaji Birthplace museum in Cuttack.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Confirming that a named FIR had been lodged against two visitors by Cuttack district unit of Congress, Darghabazar police station Internal Investigation Command (IIC) Anil Kumar Beuria said on Monday, “We have registered a case under section 292(a) of IPC for publicly speaking ill of somebody using obscene language and have started investigation.”

“Since the museum was closed on the day, we could not verify the visitors’ book,” Beuria said, adding that the CCTV footage would also be verified to ascertain details.

Using offensive language against Nehru, one of the two visitors in his remarks on Sunday afternoon said, “Netaji could not get his due recognition because of Nehru.”

The visitor, accompanied by a woman, then urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declassify all the files related to the disappearance of Netaji and went on signing his name, his postal address, email ID and telephone number below his remarks.

The two visitors were from Bhubaneswar according to the address given, police said.

Incidentally, the comments caught the attention of visiting senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh shortly afterwards on the same day and he took strong exception to the “distasteful” language used against Nehru, the freedom fighter and the first Prime Minister.

Ramesh read the comments while signing the visitors’ book after going round the museum on Sunday evening, Congress sources said here.

Ramesh, howver, did not join the issue in writing and instead in the next page of the log book appreciated the efforts of museum staff for very neatly displaying the artefacts of Bose, the legendary leader, in his ancestral home that was converted into a museum in 2003, a museum official said.


Congress files FIR against two for offensive comments against Jawaharlal Nehru

The Congress has lodged an FIR against two persons who had allegedly made derogatory remarks against Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in the visitors’ book at the Netaji Birthplace museum in Cuttack.Confirming that a named FIR had been lodged against two visitors by Cuttack district unit of Congress, Darghabazar police station Internal Investigation Command (IIC) Anil Kumar Beuria said today, “We have registered a case under section 292(a) of IPC for publicly speaking ill of somebody using obscene language and have started investigation.” “Since the museum was closed on the day, we could not verify the visitors’ book,” Beuria said, adding that the CCTV footage would also be verified to ascertain details.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jairam Ramesh spotted itUsing offensive language against Nehru, one of the two visitors in his remarks on Sunday afternoon said, “Netaji could not get his due recognition because of Nehru.” The visitor, accompanied by a woman, then urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declassify all the files related to the disappearance of Netaji and went on signing his name, his postal address, E mail ID and telephone number below his remarks. The two visitors were from Bhubaneswar according to the address given, police said.Incidentally, the comments caught the attention of visiting senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh shortly afterwards on the same day and he took strong exception to the “distasteful” language used against Nehru, the freedom fighter and the first Prime Minister. Ramesh read the comments while signing the visitors’ book after going round the museum on Sunday evening, Congress sources said here.Ramesh, however, did not join the issue in writing and instead in the next page of the log book appreciated the efforts of museum staff for very neatly displaying the artefacts of Bose, the legendary leader, in his ancestral home that was converted into a museum in 2003, a museum official said.

Security increased at Kolkata airport after threat mail

Kolkata: Security has been increased at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata after the authorities received an email threat on Sunday.

The airport manager received an email which said that the airport would be blown up within 24 hours. IBN LIVE

The airport manager received an email which said that the airport would be blown up within 24 hours. IBN LIVE

The airport manager received an email which said that the airport would be blown up within 24 hours. It was claimed to have been sent from Germany, officials said.

While the cyber crime team is checking the veracity of the content of the mail, security agencies have increased vigil in and around the airport.

Luggage and cars of passengers are being thoroughly checked while various parts of the airport are being scanned, officials said.  PTI

UK website traces journey of Netaji’s ashes to Tokyo temple

A website created in the UK to chronicle the final days of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on Monday released details of what it claims is proof that the last remains of the freedom fighter travelled to and remain preserved at a temple in Tokyo.The website posted details of the journey of the ashes from Taipei – where it has previously documented that Netaji died on August 18, 1945, as a result of a plane crash – to Renkoji Temple in the Japanese capital.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It claims that on August 23, 1945 the day after the cremation of Netaji at Taipei his aide de camp Colonel Habibur Rehman, Major Nagatomo of the Japanese army and Juichi Nakamura, a Japanese interpreter who assisted Bose at the hospital before he died took the mortal remains to the biggest temple in Taiwan Nishi Honganji to be kept there.The Shah Nawaz Khan-led Netaji Inquiry Committee of 1956 noted a funeral ceremony was held at this Taiwanese site. The Committee further recorded first-hand accounts that on September 5, 1945 Col. Rehman and Lt Colonel T. Sakai both survivors of the crash – a Major Nakamiya and Sub Lt T Hayshida boarded a plane in Taipei with the remains wrapped in cloth, which was placed in a wooden box.Sub Lt Hayshida then slung this package around his neck as per Japanese custom, to fly to Fukuoka in southern Japan. Thereafter, while Col. Rehman and Maj. Nakamiya continued by air to Tokyo, Lt Hayashida with the remains took a train to Tokyo, guarded by three soldiers.The remains were immediately taken to the Japanese Army Imperial General Headquarters. The next morning, Lt Colonel Takakura, Chief of the Military Affairs Section, phoned Rama Murti, President of the Indian Independence League in Japan, to take charge of the remains.He came accompanied by SA Ayer, a minister in Bose’s Provisional Government of Free India, who had arrived in Tokyo from South-East Asia after hearing of the tragedy. According to the website, Murti stated: “The urn was wrapped in white cloth and was taken out from a safety locker.It had straps of long cloth with which to sling around the neck of the bearer. “It was a cubical box of about 1 foot dimension. It was received by Ayer. He was visibly moved by an overwhelming emotion. An army sedan car was arranged for our conveyance. Mr Ayer and myself took the urn directly to my house.” At the time, Murti’s residence was also the headquarters of the Indian Independence League.

Ascertain the true identity of Gumnami Baba: Netaji family members to Akhilesh Yadav

Family members of Subhas Chandra Bose on Saturday met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and asked for a proper inquiry to ascertain the true identity of Gumnami Baba of Faizabad, who several people believed was Netaji.The family members who met Yadav at his official residence asked him to constitute a committee to inquire into the real identity of Gumnami Baba alias Bhagwanji, a Hindu sanyasi who lived in the house Ram Bhawan in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh at least till 1985. This committee should thoroughly look into all things connected with Gumnami Baba in order to find out his true identity and the chief minister has assured that a decision in this regard will be taken soon, an official release said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They also thanked the Chief Minister for taking a decision for setting up a museum/gallery for exhibiting the things belonging to Gumnami Baba . The chief minister said that this museum/gallery will be completed in a time framed manner and Netaji’s family will also be invited on the occasion of its inauguration. Those who met Yadav included Netaji’s grand niece Jayanti Rakshit and her husband Amiy Rakshit, grand nephew Arya Bose among others.

No point in speculating about Netaji’s fate: Shyam Benegal

Twelve years after making the biopic ‘Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero’, film maker Shyam Benegal on Friday night said people should celebrate Netaji’s life and works instead of merely conjecturing what happened to him on that fateful day in 1945.”As keen to know as everybody in the audience about the not released files. The research for our film was till he boarded the plane in August, 1945 and there was no public information about him afterwards. My only problem is whatever is conjecture is not of consequence to me,” Benegal said at the Kolkata Literature Festival discussion of the 40th International Kolkata Book Fair here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”What is of consequence to me is that, here is somebody fighting for India’s freedom. How come he (would) end up as a holy man. He was certainly not that kind of that person, why would he do that,” Benegal said in an obvious reference to claims in certain quarters about Netaji returning back in the guise of a sadhu in the 50s and later.Pointing out that British actually realised they could not hold on to India in the late 40s, Benegal said apart from the movement in different parts of the country, the battle of INA and Netaji surely played its part in the freedom and gave the final push.”Another assumption I am opposed to is to portray Jawaharlal Nehru as the villain. Instead he had defended the INA officers facing trial at Red Fort before being court-martialed. Why did he need to do that?,” the Padmabhusan and Dada Saheb Phalke awardee said.Pointing out the first bunch of declassified files of Netaji by West Bengal government and Centre so far have not revealed anything, the ‘Ankur’ and ‘Mandi’ director said, “hopefully they will reveal something in future.” Referring to the research work for his film, he said “Whatever research I had done based on books and documents including known scholar Purabi Roy’s books, I find his life and vision fascinating. And perhaps there was certain kind of destiny involved in this man.”The only way to know reality is, “Lets see if other documentations exist and will come and if these reveal something at all. If not we will continue to have wonderful imagination speculating what happened to Netaji.” “In my film he takes the aircraft and flies off and after August 18 1945 no general public at large had seen Netaji,” Benegal said.He was referring to reports of the August 18 aircrash in Taihoku, Formosa (now Taipei, Taiwan).Benegal also talked about his uncle, Ramesh, who was based in Rangoon (now Myanmar) who was inducted into INA.Ramesh, who was 14-15 years old, started living in Rangoon and a visit by Netaji to Rangoon seeking volunteers to start an air force changed the course of Ramesh’s life.”He was among 35 people who had volunteered and was sent to Japan for training,” Benegal recalled referring to another association of him and the ‘Forgotten Hero.’ Historian and Netaji scholar Purabi Roy said she was 100 per cent sure he (Netaji) did not die in air crash.”As per archives from Moscow, Japan, German, Romania – these papers showing he did not die in air crash,” she said.To a question about claims for DNA tests of Netaji’s ashes in Tokyo’s Renkoji temple, Benegal said “Let the truth come out.”

A former wrestler from Solapur strives to build Netaji memorial in Japan

Even as the Centre declassified 100 files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose under intense spotlight last month, a Japanese businessman of Indian origin is quietly campaigning alone to build a Netaji memorial in Japan and to bring back the revolutionary leader’s ashes. Balasaheb Deshmukh, 78, a native of Osmanabad, Maharashtra, but a resident of Japan for more than four decades has taken up this cause with help from his Japanese friends, who are fellow admirers of Subhas Chandra Bose.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deshmukh’s friend Akkoch Nuri Masa, 78, a farmer from Nikko, a city in northern Japan has committed to donate approximately 15,000 square feet of his land for the proposed Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Memorial and Indo Japan Cultural Centre. Along with Deshmukh, Masa and his daughter Hiromi Sayato are in India to campaign for the memorial project across Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai.The trio are also trying to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek help on the project and to request him for intervening in the efforts to get back Netaji’s ashes from Renkoji temple in Tokyo, where they are believed to be preserved. “Netaji had rescued several Japanese during the second world war and he is revered in our country. As a child, I had about him on radio and seen news about him television. India should help us in building his memorial,” Akkoch Muru Masa told dna.Balasaheb Deshmukh said that they would not be seeking the help of Japanese government but would reach out to state and national level politicians and public personalities sympathetic to this cause for raising money. “I have lived in Japan for four decades and during this period I have experienced the love and admiration Japanese people have for Netaji. I have also met Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani in the past when they visited Japan for this cause. I hope that Modiji extends a helping hand for this project,” said Deshmukh.Hailing from a poor farmer’s family, Deshmukh used to tend to his family’s cattle in teens. Though not formally educated, Deshmukh was a professional wrestler and earned money with the help of his friends Dara Singh and famous Marathi singer Sudhir Phadke to visit Japan in the 1970’s. After emigrating to the far-east nation, he worked odd jobs in Japanese hotels for almost eight years. But with a turn in fortunes, he opened his own restaurants in Japan with help from a few generous financiers. Deshmukh ran five restaurants across four Japanese cities and presently spends much of his time on the memorial project.

Nitish Kumar criticises social media message about Nehru calling Netaji ‘war criminal’

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday strongly criticised a message on social media regarding Jawaharlal Nehru allegedly calling Subhash Chandra Bose a “war criminal” and said this is “character assassination” of the national hero (Nehru).”These days a message is being run on social media in which Jawaharlal Nehru called Subhash Chandra Bose a war criminal. This is character assassination of the national hero,” he said, addressing a function to mark the death anniversary of freedom fighter Sheelbhadra Yaji at his native Bhakhtiyarpur.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Pandit Nehru’s contribution to the freedom movement and nation building cannot be forgotten,” the senior JD(U) leader said.Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupendra Singh Hooda was also present at the function to mark death anniversary of Sheelbhadra Yaji.In an apparent attack against BJP, he said “Those ruling in Delhi at present had no role in the freedom movement.” Nitish said there were different streams in the struggle for country’s Independence. On the one hand was Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent agitation while on the another side there were revolutionaries like Bose, Sardar Bhagat Singh and Khudiram Bose.Yaji was an associate of Netaji and had been called to Singapore by him to spread the message of freedom, Hooda said while paying respect to the freedom fighter.

Declassified files prove Netaji did not live in USSR: website

The 100 Indian government files declassified by India confirm that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose did not live in the former Soviet Union in or after 1945, said a UK website set up to chart the last days of the nationalist leader.The Russian government informed the Indian Embassy in Moscow in 1992 and 1995 there is no record of Bose being in the Soviet Union in or after 1945, the website bosefiles.info said as it reiterated its claim on December 7 denying that Bose escaped to the Soviet Union in 1945. The website was set up in London to chronicle the truth about how Bose met his end.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As a maiden disclosure it rendered the speculation among a section of people that he escaped to the Soviet Union instead of perishing after a plane crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945 redundant. Notes exchanged between the Prime Minister’s Office and other union ministries in the mid-1990s uphold the revelation made by bosefiles.info that there were two replies from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to queries from the Indian Embassy categorically stating its point.In the first response on January 8, 1992, the Russians said “no information whatsoever is available on the stay of the former President of the Indian National Congress, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, in the Soviet Union in 1945 and thereafter”. In the second response dated October 27, 1995, the Russians reiterated “no information has come to light on the stay of Subhash Chandra Bose on the territory of the former USSR in 1945 and in subsequent years”.Ashis Ray, Bose’s grandnephew and creator of website bosefiles.info, reacted, “The confirmation from the declassified Indian government files is gratifying. It proves the website has been on the right track from day one”.Ray added, “Nothing in the 100 files released by Modi contradicts the facts collated and posted on bosefiles.info and no file anywhere in the world ever will. We are dealing with truth and nothing but the truth”.Bose died in an air crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945, according to documents that form part of 100 secret files, comprising 16,600 pages which were made public by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Netaji’s 119th birth anniversary yesterday.

Congress cries conspiracy, claims Nehru’s ‘war criminal’ letter forged

The Congress smells conspiracy in the declassification of the files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. It has raised doubts on government’s intention behind the declassification.

Netaji Bose. File photo. AFPNetaji Bose. File photo. AFP

Netaji Bose. File photo. AFP

“The way the PM has carried this out raises doubts about the intention of the Government of India. The nation needs to understand this. The BJP or any of its affiliates can’t claim of any leader who were on the forefront of the freedom struggle,” former Union minister and senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said after the files were declassified at National Archives of India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to the India Today TV, in one of the classified files, the nation’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru referred to Subhas Chandra Boase as a “war criminal”.

Nehru’s purported letter written to the Prime Minister of England, Clement Attlee on 27 December, 1945 – four months after the plane crash in Taipei, had mentioned Bose as a war criminal.

A portion of the purported letter:

Dear Mr Attlee,
I understand from reliable sources that Subhas Chandra Bose, your war criminal, has been allowed to enter Russian territory by Stalin. This is a clear treachery and betrayal of faith by the Russians as Russia has been an ally of the British-Americans, which she should not have done. Please take note of it and do what you consider proper and fit.

“We have said from the very beginning that this is a deliberate controversy. The Congress will expose and take action against this mischievous fake letter (allegedly written by Nehru to Atlee). We will take all measures to punish people once identified. Whoever is taking ownership must come forward,” he said.

While cautioning the media to be careful of the “fabricated letter”, Sharma said, “We would appeal to the media to be careful before a fabricated and forged document is used to sensationalise and to defame one of India’s greatest sons. Jawaharlal Nehru was a great leader (Maha Nayak), India’s first PM and a world-class statesman. There is a need to first ascertain the authenticity of the letter before conveying something which is not only questionable but part of a criminal conspiracy. Forgery is a criminal offence under the Indian Penal Code.”

Echoing Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, Sharma, the Deputy Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said, “Netaji was a great national leader, president of Indian National Congress and participated in the freedom struggle. Which truth the Congress has suppressed? Netaji had only one daughter and what she has said is in public domain and the country must respect her sentiments because she has been anguished by this deliberately created mischief and controversy.

Netaji’s other close relatives like grand-nephew Sugata Bose, who is a respected Historian and Ashish Ray (journalist) – they have commented in great detail. We do not wish to join issues with others and enter into any kind of debate.”

Remembering Bose on his 119th birth anniversary on 23 January, Rahul Gandhi described him a man of extraordinary courage, a patriot and a charismatic leader. “Netaji’s contribution to India`s freedom struggle will continue to inspire us,” tweeted Gandhi today.

Paying homage to Netaji in the morning, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said, “Congress Party can never forget his contribution to the national struggle for freedom for founding of an independent democratic republic of India. He will always live in the hearts of all Indians for his patriotic fervour and dedication to the Indian Republic.”

Chittopriyo Bose, one of the Netaji’s relatives said, “No previous government did what the Modi government has done today. We’re satisfied. We’ve requested the PM for the declassification of files in foreign land, so that more can be known about Netaji. Congress was in power for almost 60 years and there may be some files during their tenure in West Bengal, which hasn’t yet been declassified.”

However, the Congress maintained silence on why it refrained from declassifying Netaji files, despite remaining in power for almost six decades.
“Probably there was an apprehension that it would convert into a major law & order problem, besides relations between India and other nations (mentioned in the files) might get tarnished. No one was aware about the content of the files. Those days India also had friendly ties with the erstwhile USSR,” a senior Congress leader said on condition of anonymity.

Netaji had died in the 1945 aircrash, says 1995 Cabinet note

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose died in an air crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945, a Union Cabinet note 50 years later said amidst the raging controversy over the INA chief’s mysterious disappearance.However, a full five days after the air crash, a top official of the British Raj had weighed the pros and cons of “trying” Netaji as a “war criminal” and suggested that the “easiest way” would be to leave him where he was and not seek his release, suggesting that he may be alive then.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This emerged from documents that form part of 100 secret files, comprising 16,600 pages which were made public by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Netaji’s 119th birth anniversary.Reacting to the development, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded that Bose be given the title of “Leader of the Nation”, and said the country has the right to know the truth about his mysterious disappearance.”The country has the right to know about the fate of Netaji. 75 years ago, Netaji left the country, but we still don’t know the fact about his disappearance. People have the right to know the truth,” Banerjee said at a function in Darjeeling.In Delhi, Congress made a strong pitch for declassifying all files related to Bose, but said the way Prime Minister has set about the task, raises doubts about his intentions. “Congress has already said that it would like to see all files to be declassified because attempts are being made to raise a controversy and misguide people of the country through a mischievous political campaign”, party’s senior spokesman Anand Sharma said.Among the declassified documents was a Union Cabinet note of February 6, 1995, signed by then Home Secretary K Padmanabaiah, which said, “There seems to be no scope for doubt that he died in the air crash of 18th August 1945 at Taihoku. Government of India has already accepted this position. There is no evidence whatsoever to the contrary.” The note further said, “If a few individuals/organisations have a different view, they seem to be more guided by sentimentality rather than by any rational consideration.” “The belief of these people that Netaji was alive and out of contact with any individual, but would appear when found necessary, has also lost relevance by now.” The cabinet note was prepared for the government to take a stand on bringing the “mortal remains” of Netaji from Japan to India, kept in the Bose Academy in Tokyo. In the documents written five days after the air crash at Taihoku aerodrome in Taipei, Sir R F Mudie, Home Member of the Clement Attlee government’s India Office, wrote to Sir Evan Jenkins, Home Secretary and the last Governor of Punjab, weighing pros and cons of how to treat Bose as a “war criminal” and its likely impact in India. “In many ways the easiest course would be to leave him where he is and not ask for his release. He might, of course, in certain circumstances be welcomed by the Russians.”This course would raise fewest immediate political difficulties, but the security authorities consider that in certain circumstances his presence in Russia would be so dangerous as to rule it out altogether,” Mudie said in a letter and note dated August 23, 1945.Among the documents released was also a series of letters exchanged between the government and various official agencies, after late MP Samar Guha claimed that Bose had made a speech on Radio Moscow following the signing of the Tashkent Pact between Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and Pakistan President Muhammad Ayub Khan in the presence of Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin on January 10, 1966.Guha and several MPs had also raised the matter in Parliament, quoting Indian and Western press reports.These documents have been put up by the National Archives on a separate website for digital display. The Archives also plans to release digital copies of 25 declassified files on Bose in the public domain every month.The papers declassified today contain 36 files of Prime Minister’s office, 18 files of Ministry of Home Affairs and 46 files from Ministry of External Affairs covering the period 1956 to 2013.The documents related to the death or disappearance of Netaji, reports of the three Commissions of Inquiry into it, those relating to the Indian National Army or Azad Hind Fauj, the INA treasure, letters by MPs and family members and papers relating to various court cases, many of them demanding clarity on the freedom fighter’s last days.In his letter, Mudie said various options — ranging from Bose’s trial for waging war in India, or in Burma (now Myanmar) or Malaya (Malaysia) or intern him in “some other British possession e.g. Seychelles Islands” were considered.However, he analysed the extreme impact it would have on the Indians in India and abroad and warned of a volatile situation in case of his trial and finally suggested that keeping Bose “out of sight would be to some extent out of mind and agitation for his release might be less”.The letter was in response to Jenkins’ communication to Mudie, saying His Excellency the King would want him to analyse and advise on how to deal with Bose, the men of the Indian National Army and his civilian supporters across the length and breadth of the country.

Netaji Files: The real story behind Nehru’s letter calling Subhash Chandra Bose a ‘war criminal’

The biggest talking point from the 100 files that were released by Narendra Modi pertaining to Subhas Chandra Bose seems to be a letter doing the rounds. In this letter, allegedly written by Nehru in 1945 to Clement Attlee, the former PM of UK, he apparently refers to Bose as a ‘war criminal’. In the letter, Nehru allegedly wrote: “Dear Mr Attlee, I understand from reliable sources that Subhas Chandra Bose, your war criminal, has been allowed to enter Russian territory by Stalin. This is a clear treachery and betrayal of faith by the Russians as Russia has been an ally of the British-Americans, which she should not have done. Please take note of it and do what you consider proper and fit.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The unsigned letter ends with, “Yours Sincerely, Jawaharlal Nehru.”
ALSO READ Did UK ever put Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s name on a list of war criminals? It’s being claimed that the letter was written in 1945, but all of this is a combination of lies. The letter was not written by Nehru, it wasn’t even written by his stenographer and has been part of the public domain for a while. The letter appears in an essay by Pradip Bose, Netaji’s nephew, who had written a letter in 1998 to erstwhile Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in which he claims that the controversial letter is, in fact, quoting a report from the 1974 Khosla commission report where Nehru’s stenographer Shyam Lal Jain claimed he was asked to write the same. As you can see, there are a lot of claims involved.
ALSO READ PM Narendra Modi declassifies 100 digital Netaji files; Bose’s kin says now it is a ‘Transparent India’In fact, one of the files declassified on Saturday answers the question of whether Netaji’s name was ever listed as a war criminal by the UK after the end of World War II. Answering the question, Indian High Commission in UK said that his name was never part of the list of war criminals as the list was only drawn up for Japanese and German citizens.Here is a screenshot of the related declassified file:The Congress took offence to the letter and Anand Sharma was quoted saying: “It’s shameful when an attempt is made to besmirch the image of India’s great leader, a Mahanayak of freedom movement, (the) first Prime Minister, a world statesman.” “It’s a deliberately created controversy to mislead people and try to belittle the great achievements of (two) stalwarts of the Indian freedom struggle,” Congress spokesman Anand Sharma said. “The way PM has carried this out raises doubts about the intentions of the Modi government. Nation needs to understand this,” Sharma added. “It’s extremely unfortunate that the PM is doing all this to deflect attention from his miserable failure on all fronts.”Twitter reacted with its usual grace by creating hashtags like #NehrukilledBose and #Bhaktsfakeletter: Here’s what the pro-letter brigade said: And some were at pains to point out that it wasn’t true: And then you see this: Check out the file here (page 101 onwards): Netaji File

PM Narendra Modi declassifies 100 didgital Netaji files; Bose’s kin says now it is a ‘Transparent India’

Rejoicing over the declassification of files of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, his family members said now India is transparent. “This is a historic day and today the file will be disclosed. This is a victory for the people who have the right to know about Subhas Chandra Bose. Now, it is a transparent India,” said Chandra Bose, a relative. The family members of Subhas Chandra Bose got emotional after seeing the declassified files at the National Archives here. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released the digital copies of 100 files. The file are digitised and given preliminary conservation treatment by the National Archives of India. In 1997, the National Archives had received 990 declassified files pertaining to the Indian National Army from Defence Ministry. In 2012, it received 1030 files and items pertaining to Khosla Commission and Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry from Home Ministry. All these files and items are already open to the public under the Public Records Rules, 1997.

PM Modi to release digital copies of 100 secret files on Netaji today

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the digital copies of 100 files related to Subhash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary today.

“Today is a special day for all Indians. Declassification of Netaji files starts today. Will go to National Archives myself for the same,” said PM Modi on the Netaji files declassification.

“The National Archives of India (NAI) is placing 100 files relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in public domain after preliminary conservation treatment and digitization. On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji, the Prime Minister will release the digital copies of these files in public domain,” an official release said today.

Netaji Bose. File photo. AFPNetaji Bose. File photo. AFP

Netaji Bose. File photo. AFP

The initiative will meet the “long-standing public demand” to access these files as well as facilitate scholars to carry out further research on Bose, it said.

The NAI also plans to release digital copies of 25 declassified files on Bose in the public domain every month.

Modi, in his meeting with members of Bose family here on 14 October, last year, had announced that the government would declassify the files relating to Bose and make them accessible to public.

The first lot of 33 files were declassified by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and handed over to the NAI on 4 December, last year.

Subsequently, the Ministries of Home Affairs and External Affairs too initiated the process of declassification of files relating to Bose in their respective collection which were then transferred over to the NAI, it added.


Netaji’s daughter annoyed with ‘asinine theories’ of father surviving crash, wants DNA test of remains

With the Modi government set to declassify Netaji files on Saturday, the iconic leader’s daughter is annoyed about the ‘asinine’ theories that say her father had survived the crash, reports The Hindustan Times.Anita Bose Pfaff, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s daughter with Emily Schenkl has said she believes her father died in the crash on August 18, 1945 and has proposed a DNA test on his remains kept at Renkoji Temple in Japan to quieten the murmurs on the issues.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She added that the plane crash was the “most likely thing to have happened” and is yet to come across any evidence that suggested otherwise. She said that she had not “seen any evidence which is more convincing” but was open to other possibilities supported by evidence.She said that claims of him being alive and living in the mountains as ‘Gunmani Baba’ were ‘asinine theories’ as her father was dedicated to the nation to do such a thing. “It is rather fruitless with all these rather asinine theories being advanced, including that he is still alive, God knows where, or that he lived in the mountains as ‘Gumnami Baba’, which is an insult to him…” she said. Pfaff supports the release of classified Netaji documents by the centre but doubts that it would contain anything that could prove anything “about the plane crash not having happened”.She said a DNA test of Netaji’s remains would help put the matter to rest once for all. She has suggested that Indian and Japanese governments could jointly approach the Renkoji temple priest for permission to test the remains. “…I think rational people would at least accept the outcome of that, whichever way it were to go,” she said. She added that if the DNA test proved that the ashes are of Bose then it would be better for them to be taken to India. She also said that Netaji would had come to India after the World War 2 if he were alive and would involve himself in politics. Netaji “would have been a prominent alternative to (Jawaharlal) Nehru”, she said. She said that Nerhu and Bose agreed on industrialisation but differed on Pakistan adding that her father would have succeeded in having better relations with the neighbouring nation.

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UK website claims Gandhi created confusion over Netaji’s death

Mahatma Gandhi created confusion over the circumstances surrounding the death of Subhas Chandra Bose, a website set up here in the UK to chart the last days of Netaji has claimed.In January 1946, five months after the reported demise of Bose in a plane crash in Taiwan, the Father of the Nation said he believed Bose was alive and would appear at the right time. “Given Gandhi’s iconic status, this created confusion in both Indian and British circles,” www.bosefiles.info points out.However, in March the same year, Gandhi conceded in his ‘Harijan’ publication that it was just “instinct” that led him to believe Bose was alive. He wrote: “I appeal to everyone to forget what I have said and, believing in the evidence before them, to reconcile themselves to the fact that Netaji (Bose) has left us.” On what would have been Bose’s 50th birthday on January 23, 1947, Gandhi stated: “He had sacrificed a brilliant career for the sake of the country’s service.”A lesser man would have succumbed under the trials that he went through; but he in his life verified the saying of Tulsidas that ‘all becomes right for the brave’.” The website has been posting documentary evidence of the activities and movements of Bose in the last days of his life in an attempt to counter years of speculation over his death.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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