The latest in the series of the greatest ‘mystery of the century’, the myths about Netaji Subhash Bose comes in the form of a statement from Kazunori Kunizuka the translator of Netaji from 1943 to 1945.
In a post on a London based website, he has rubbished all claims of the many avatars of one of the biggest icons of India’s freedom struggle and said that he had indeed died after the plane crash in a Taipei hospital in 1945.
Will this end all speculation about the mysterious disappearance of Netaji from India because he did not want to surface during the Nehru regime? Chances are that some other personality will deny this evidence and the game will go on endlessly because it suits the present regime.
Already, there is an undignified race to grab the legacy of Netaji by politicians. First it was Mamta Bannerjee who laid claim to his legacy by declassifying the Netaji files.But on his birthday on January 23, Prime Minister Narendra Modi again declassified the Netaji files while the social media was flooded with congratulatory methods to Modi as if India had landed a man on Mars.
I fail to understand why the regime of Modi is so hell bent in creating a Congress Mukt India. Why do the present rulers, like the rulers of 1984, want to re- write history by denigrating Nehru and propping up anyone in their dirty designs, be it Sardar Patel or Subhash Chandra Bose?
I want to ask all these Modi Bhakts claiming that this historical step had created a revolution whether they meant ‘confusion’instead. I mean how does it help the common man if he is told that Nehru was a useless man who made no contribution to the freedom struggle or to the country’s progress.They will have to erase a lot of monuments and documents to prove that.
And what after this?Once you have demolished the existing icons, will the students be taught the teachings of Godse, Golwarkar and Mohan Bhagwat in schools?
And more important, will this end farmer suicides, or increase the employment scene where PhDs and MBAs are applying for peon jobs?
By Amitabh Srivastava