Justice for Netaji Subash Chandra Bose

Subhas Chandra Bose, a prominent leader of the Indian independence movement against the British Raj in India, and a general of the Imperial Japanese army Tsunamasa Shidei were reported to be flying to Tokyo, Japan when the alleged plane crash occurred at Matsuyama aerodrome (now Songshan Airport) in Taipei, northern Formosa (now Taiwan). After cremation, Bose's ashes were taken to Japan and interred at the RenkĊji Temple in Tokyo. The news was withheld by the Japanese government for five days before it was announced by Japanese news agency Domei. The Allied forces took the Japanese news as a ploy. The then Viceroy of India, Field Marshal Archibald Wavell, is reported to have noted in his diary that "I wonder if the Japanese announcement of Subhas Chandra Bose's death in an air-crash is true. I suspect it very much, it is just what should be given out if he meant to go underground." A newspaper clip reporting the death of Netaji and General Shidei The matter was looked into by several Allied intelligence teams and soon discrepancies in the Japanese report became apparent. The findings of the intelligence teams seem to have not confirmed the Japanese announcement. For as late as October 1946, the Government of British India refused to confirm the death of Bose. After India's independence, the matter was looked into by three official panels formed by the government of India following the public demands. These panels were: Shah Nawaz Committee, Justice GD Khosla Commission & Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry. The Shah Nawaz Committee upheld the Taiwan crash version, as did the Justice GD Khosla Commission, whereas the Mukherjee Commission negated it. There has been allegations that the Indian Intelligence Bureau had doctored an intelligence report to "prove" Bose's death. The official view of the Indian government has been formed based on this doctored document. Justice Mukherjee mentioned in his report that Netaji was no more, considering his age at the time of report submission. But based on documentary evidences, airport records, and hospital records, the commission dismissed the plane crash theory, in favour of the view that he might have escaped to Soviet Russia. Here we're fighting for the Justice for this great soul and a great son of Mother India.

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