Bose returns

Print edition : October 16, 2015

Subhas Chandra Bose. The declassified files are a gold mine of information and historical nuggets that illuminate the sociopolitical milieu prevalent in the period in question. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Subhas Chandra Bose (left) with his elder brother Sarat Chandra Bose, the "Brothers against the Raj" as they were popularly known, in Calcutta. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

A secret weekly Survey Report of the police, dated July 31, 1958, on Sisir Kumar Bose, founder of the Netaji Research Bureau. Photo: By Special Arrangement

A note from the Home Department, Government of West Bengal, to the postmaster of the Elgin Road Post Office, Calcutta, dated September 14, 1949, directing "the interception of all postal articles which may be discovered in the course of transmission by post addressed to the correspondence of 38/2 Elgin Road and 1, Woodburn Park, Calcutta, under Section 26(1) of the Indian Post Office Act. The first address, popularly known as Netaji Bhavan, was the residence of Sarat Bose, while the second was where one of his sons, Sisir Bose, lived. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the release of the confidential files on Netaji at the Kolkata Police Museum on September 18. Photo: PTI

Subhas Chandra Bose with his colleagues in the Indian National Army. There are more than 20 files on the INA alone, which throw interesting light on different aspects of Netaji's army, like the medical organisation in the INA, and Subhas Bose's stay in Berlin. Photo: The Hindu Archives

June 25, 1969: Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at Renkoji temple, Tokyo, where Subhas Bose's ashes are believed to be kept. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The declassification of the Netaji files by the West Bengal government adds weight to the theory that Subhas Chandra Bose did not die in the 1945 plane crash in Taiwan and may have been alive even after Independence.
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