According to reports, a key Congress politician advised Dr. Chandan Roychowdhury that if the facts were made public, there would be an international catastrophe and that the project ought to be halted. (Netaji was in Russia in fact)
Dr. Purabi Roy, a Netaji scholar, exposed forgotten truths concerning Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s abduction in a digital conversation with political analyst Niladri Banerjee.
In the mid-1990s, Dr. Roy traveled to Russia on behalf of the Asiatic Society to do research on Indo-Soviet ties between 1917 and 1947. Dr. Chandan Roychowdhury, the Asiatic Society’s General Secretary at the time, spearheaded the initiative.
Dr. Roy discovered mentions of “Chandra Bose” in practically every document she read about Indo-Soviet relations while in Russia. She came uncovered a memorandum from a conference chaired by Joseph Stalin in 1946 when “Chandra Bose” was listed as being present in Soviet Russia while further studying the topic. The financing for the research was halted by the then-Congress administration at the Centre when Dr. Chandan Roychowdhury revealed this astonishing information to the media. According to reports, a key Congress politician advised Dr. Chandan Roychowdhury that if the facts were made public, there would be an international catastrophe and that the project ought to be halted. (Netaji was in Russia)
Dr. Chandan Roychowdhury’s tragic death in 1997 momentarily halted the investigation, but Dr. Purabi Roy has now spoken up about the event in an interview with Niladri Banerjee.
Sarat Chandra Bose, Netaji’s elder brother, had raised the issue when he declared, “Netaji in Red China,” in a headline in his newspaper, The Nation, in 1949.
Chitra Ghosh, Sarat Chandra Bose’s daughter, revealed in a recent interview on a TV station that the then-Congress politician, Pranab Mukherjee, met Emilie Schenkl, Netaji’s German wife, to encourage her to announce Netaji’s death in the 1945 plane accident.
Netaji’s wife, on the other hand, refused to believe this and insisted that Netaji was still in Soviet Russia.
In light of this disclosure, it is critical to investigate the potential of releasing the Netaji files that are held by Russia, as Dr. Roy said in her interview.
The greatest homage to Netaji in this year of his 125th birthday would be to finally unravel his enigmatic disappearance.
Netaji Escape Story – What We Know So Far
Netaji was not just a revolutionary, but he was also a master at beating the British at their own game. In July 1940, the British imprisoned Netaji in a Calcutta jail, fearful of this.
Netaji sought Germany’s assistance in gaining independence from the British. But it was impossible to do so while imprisoned in Calcutta. So Netaji devised a strategy. In prison, he began a death-defying fast. His health began to deteriorate, and the British government was forced to release him. Netaji was placed under house imprisonment by the British on December 5, 1940. The British used to regularly watch Netaji’s residence at the time to ensure that he did not flee.
Meanwhile, while under house arrest, Netaji began growing a beard and sent a telegraph to his party’s head, Mian Akbar Shah, without being observed by the British. Mian Akbar Shah was in Peshawar, which is now in Pakistan, at the time.
Mian Akbar Shah arrived in Calcutta from Peshawar after receiving a call from Netaji.
Netaji conferred with his nephew Shishir in order to carry out this plan. It was decided to travel to Dhanbad by automobile. After that, Netaji managed to go to Gamoh railway station near Dhanbad, where he boarded a train to Peshawar, avoiding the British gaze.
He disguised himself as a Muslim Insurance Agent and changed his identity to Ziauddin when he arrived in Peshawar. Netaji planned to go from Peshawar to Kabul and then to Moscow through Kabul. Netaji began dressing in Pashtun-style clothing in order to blend in with Afghans. But he couldn’t communicate since he didn’t understand Pashto. To avoid being discovered, he pretended to be deaf and dumb. After that, he went to the Italian Embassy in Kabul and traveled to Moscow using an Italian passport. Then, after arriving in Germany via Italy, he requested Hitler’s assistance in the struggle against the British.
‘The Great Escape’ is the name given to Netaji’s intention to reach Kabul from Calcutta. That home in Kabul’s Shor Bazar district, where Netaji resided for a few days, still remains. An MP from the Forward Block urged in 1986 that the Rajiv Gandhi administration purchase the mansion, renovate it, and turn it into a museum. However, the government responded that
Netaji Ji only lived in this house for a few days and that if the Indian government began purchasing every property like this, many more would be required across the world.
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