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Last year the Indian Government's futile attempt to uphold the false story of Netaji's death in a plane crash in Taihoku on 18 August 1945 through a reply under the RTI act had turned into a fiasco. After a public furore and sharp reactions by the West Bengal Chief Minister and various political parties, the Central Government was left with no other option but to backtrack. In an official statement it quickly put the onus of the controversial reply on the UPA Government's May 2006 Cabinet decision and added that it would be willing to examine any other credible inputs. Pursuant to the said assurance, certain credible inputs were provided to the Indian Government. Hence it is incumbent upon the Indian Government to act on the basis of those inputs and get the answer to the question as to what really happened to Netaji from Russia, in order to demonstrate that it did not make a false promise to the people of this nation. Read this blog article to know more ...
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An online petition addressed to H.E. Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia and H.E. Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia, for the release of information to solve the disappearance mystery of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, was started on Change.org on 10 October 2015. The campaign has now attained sizeable support with the online petition generating over 3800 signatures and counting. The petition has been widely shared on social media and has been reported by mainstream media.

The list of Bose family members who have signed the petition includes Prof. Chitra Ghosh, Mr. Surya Kumar Bose, Mr. Chandra Kumar Bose, Ms. Madhuri Bose, Mr. Ardhendu Bose, Ms. Jayanti Rakshit and Mr. Abhijit Ray. The list of other eminent persons who have signed the petition includes Prof. Purabi Roy (Netaji researcher), Dr. Tapan Chattopadhyay (Former DGP & Member of West Bengal Public Service Commission), Maj. Gen. K. K. Ganguly, Vishisth Seva Medal, Retd. (Combat Veteran & Author), Ms. Chandreyi Alam (Advocate), Mr. Pralay Kumar Roy (Advocate) and Mr. Santanu Banerjee (Former Journalist & Author). In addition to the aforementioned persons, Netaji admirers and followers from all walks of life across the globe have signed the petition.

A printed copy of the petition has been recently sent through Speed Post to the Presidential Directorate for Correspondence from Citizens and Organisations which is a subdivision of the Presidential Executive Office located in Moscow and handles all written correspondence addressed to the President of Russia by foreign citizens. The said Presidential Executive Office examines individual petitions and reports to the President of Russia accordingly. The consignment containing the hard cover bound petition letter with an attached list of supporters' signatures and comments up to 02 March 2018 and weighing about 1.5 Kg, was booked at the Kolkata GPO on 21 March 2018 and according to India Post's online tracking report it was delivered to the addressee on 13 April 2018.

This petition is a collective voice of people yearning to know the true fate of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. In a constant endeavor to make the voices heard by concerned authorities, copies of the updated petition in PDF format have been submitted through the electronic form to the President of Russia’s electronic reception office on 20 May 2018 and through Facebook message to the Russian Foreign Ministry on 21 May 2018.

On earlier occasions too printed copies of the petition have been sent to the Russian and Indian authorities. Copies of the petition have been delivered to the Russian Embassy in India located in New Delhi on 05 April 2016 and to the offices of the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi and the Hon'ble Chief Minister of West Bengal Ms. Mamata Banerjee on 11 April 2016 through Speed Post. Prof. Chitra Ghosh, niece of Netaji and daughter of Late Sarat Chandra Bose, had sent a letter dated 27 April 2016 enclosed with a copy of the petition to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi requesting for a word from him to attach a valued importance to the appeal. Thereafter reminder letters have also been sent to the Russian Embassy in India, the Indian Prime Minister's Office and West Bengal Chief Minister's Office respectively on 18 July 2016. In course of a symposium organised by Netaji Bhavna Mancha on the topic "Netaji's Disappearance Mystery - Does the solution lie abroad?" on 27 August 2016 at the Calcutta University Institute Hall in Kolkata, a copy of the petition was handed over to Mr. Tathagata Roy, the Hon'ble Governor of Tripura, with the hope that he would put in a word with the Government of India on the subject.

The only official response received in the above matter so far is a letter dated 29 November 2016 from Mr. Balraj, Under Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, IS-II Division, stating inter-alia, that since the petition is addressed to the President of Russia, no action is pending on the part of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Generations of Indians have grown up knowing that Russia is a friend. India and Russia need to remain friends forever and walk together on the path of peace, progress and prosperity. However we, Indians, need to know what really happened to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose if he did not die in the plane crash on 18 August 1945 in Taihoku as alleged. There are indications that he entered Soviet Union after disappearing under the camouflage of a make-believe story of his death in the plane-crash but thereafter he was never seen or heard of by public at large. Russia cannot continue to remain indifferent to the Indian peoples' demand to know the true fate of their revered leader for an indefinite period and expect to be regarded as a friend. The past cannot be undone but at this stage an admission of true facts by Russia even at the risk of certain related unpleasant chapters getting revealed in the process would go a long way in redefining and shaping the future relations between the two countries.

The fight for India's freedom was never easy and had Netaji himself given up the fight after a while, India would have remained under the British yoke for much longer. Similarly solving Netaji's disappearance mystery arising out of an international conspiracy isn't easy either and we too must not give up the fight.

We need more supporters to create an impact. Hence all are requested to spread the word about this petition and get as many persons as possible to sign it. We are a country with a billion-plus population. Let us raise the noise level and strive till we can take the case to its logical conclusion.

Those who are yet to join the fight, please sign and share this petition - http://bit.ly/NetajiMystery

Let the truth prevail. Jai Hind!

#Netaji #SubhasChandraBose #NetajiMystery #EndNetajiMystery #JusticeForNetaji #NetajiPapers #BoseFiles #Russia #PresidentPutin #PMModi #NarendraModi #PMOIndia #MamataBanerjee
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Let us all salute the nation on this occasion of #RepublicDay 2018
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Major General Aleksandr Kolesnikov (Retd.), the key witness of eminent Netaji researcher Dr. (Ms.) Purabi Roy, could not be examined by the Mukherjee Commission as the MEA, GOI, had informed the Commission that he was untraceable, though the Commission came to know that he was working in the Russian Embassy in Ankara in Turkey. The Commission was left with no other option but to treat the testimonies of Dr. (Ms.) Purabi Roy and Mr. Joyanto Roy of Forward Bloc, regarding the finding of Major General Aleksandr Kolesnikov (Retd.) about Netaji’s presence in Soviet Union after 18 August 1945 as hearsay.

Major General Aleksandr Kolesnikov (Retd.) has since appeared in a 2016 investigative documentary film titled “Subhash Chandra Bose: The Mystery” aired on the Discovery Channel. He has made unequivocal statements in his interview in the said investigative documentary film. He has dismissed the view that Netaji died in the plane crash and supported the view that it was a disappearance. He has admitted that the Russian archives containing materials concerning state secrets are closed to researchers. He has stated that he thinks that there was some secret pact about Netaji between USSR and Great Britain. He has further stated that he thinks that Netaji was useful during Stalin’s time but after Stalin’s death Netaji was not much of an asset for the Soviet Union. Finally he has suggested that Government of India should officially request the Russian President for information as that is the only way to get all the answers.

Major General Aleksandr Kolesnikov (Retd.) had earlier authored an article titled “Destiny and Death of Chandra Bose” in the January (No. 3) 1997 issue of the Russian newspaper “Patriot” wherein he had underlined the inconsistencies of all attempts to “establish” Netaji's “death” in the alleged plane crash on 18 August 1945 at Taihoku in Formosa and had clearly hinted at the possibility of Subhas Chandra Bose having reached the Soviet Union at the end of World War II.

Pursuant to a recent announcement by the GOI that any new credible input regarding Netaji's alleged death would be examined, the government's attention has been drawn to the appearance of Major General Aleksandr Kolesnikov (Retd.) in the said documentary film. The revelations made by him in his interview, far from being conjectures, seem most likely to be based on secret information drawn upon the Russian archives. Hence it is incumbent upon the Indian Government to act on the basis of inputs provided and take necessary steps to immediately obtain the admissible evidence of Major General Aleksandr Kolesnikov (Retd.) as well as to approach the Russian Government for release of information pertaining to Netaji mystery. Prime Minister Narendra Modi must personally persuade the President of Russia to declassify Netaji files and end the mystery.

Let us make concerted efforts and bring a closure to this case. Jai Hind.

To know more, read this blog article - http://bit.ly/2wwpV8p

#NetajiMystery #Netaji #SubhasChandraBose #NetajiPapers #NetajiFiles #BoseFiles #Russia #Kolesnikov #PurabiRoy #NarendraModi
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Eminent Netaji researcher Dr. (Ms.) Purabi Roy claims that she came to know about the existence of files on Netaji in the "GRU" archive in Podolsk in Russia from her friend Major General Aleksandr Kolesnikov (Retd.) during her research work related visit to Moscow from August-October 1996. As she had no access to the "GRU" archive, at her request he procured from the said archive, information about a file that referred to a meeting between Joseph Stalin, Vyacheslav Molotov, Andrey Vyshinsky and Yakov Malik discussing "Where to keep Chandra Bose?" in October 1946. She had arranged a meeting where he discussed the above-mentioned finding with Mr. Chitta Basu and Mr. Joyanto Roy of Forward Bloc, both of whom were in Moscow in October 1996, as part of the Parliamentary Delegation to Russian Federation led by Mr. P. A. Sangma. A handwritten note by him with details of the above-mentioned finding was given to Mr. Chitta Basu in the said meeting for further necessary action. She regrets that Mr. Chitta Basu on return from Russia ignored the above-mentioned finding and that the said handwritten note later became untraceable.

Dr. (Ms.) Purabi Roy had testified before the Mukherjee Commission that Major General Aleksandr Kolesnikov (Retd.) was one of the persons who had told her that there were documents in archives of Russian Federation which would prove Netaji’s presence there after 18 August 1945. Accordingly the Commission had requested the MEA, GOI, to arrange for his deposition. However the MEA informed the Commission that he was not traceable, though the Commission came to know that he had been sent to Ankara in Turkey with a diplomatic posting. As the Commission could not examine Major General Aleksandr Kolesnikov (Retd.) as a witness, it treated the testimonies of Dr. (Ms.) Purabi Roy and Mr. Joyanto Roy, about what they heard and learnt regarding Netaji’s presence in Soviet Union after 18 August 1945 from him as hearsay.

Major General Aleksandr Kolesnikov (Retd.), the key witness of Dr. (Ms.) Purabi Roy, who gave the Mukherjee Commission a miss, has appeared in a 2016 documentary film titled “Subhash Chandra Bose: The Mystery” aired on the Discovery Channel. Pursuant to a recent announcement by the GOI that any new credible input regarding Netaji's alleged death would be examined, the government's attention has been drawn to his appearance and the revelations made by him in his interview in the said documentary film. If the finding about the Soviet cabinet members discussing Netaji’s future in a meeting in October 1946, which Dr. (Ms.) Purabi Roy has consistently over the years attributed to him, is true, then it completely negates the story Netaji’s death in the alleged plane crash at Taihoku in Formosa on 18th August 1945. It is incumbent upon the Indian Government to act on the basis of inputs provided and take necessary steps to obtain the admissible evidence of Major General Aleksandr Kolesnikov (Retd.) as well as to approach the Russian Government for release of information pertaining to Netaji mystery. Prime Minister Narendra Modi must personally persuade the President of Russia to declassify Netaji files and end the mystery.

Let us make concerted efforts and bring a closure to this case. Jai Hind.

To know more, read this blog article - http://bit.ly/2wwpV8p

#NetajiMystery #Netaji #BoseFiles #NetajiFiles #SubhasChandraBose #Russia #Stalin #PMOIndia #NarendraModi #PMModi #MamataBanerjee

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The Gumnami Baba theory is a deception theory and it has been propagated through "stories" initially abstract and later centering an imposter, concocted with few facts, half truths, lies, figments of imagination and supported by engineered evidences, false testimonies and testimonies falsely attributed to people. As a part of the conspiracy sponsored campaigns have been run to mislead people into believing that Gumnami Baba aka Bhagwan Ji was none other than Netaji. Hard-selling of fictions woven around this theory has also been rewarding for many. The objective of the conspiracy is to confuse people and divert their attention from the Russian angle to Netaji mystery. The question of Netaji living incognito as a "Baba" behind a curtain for decades in his own country does not arise, he wasn't that type and had no reason whatsoever to hide that way. The Gumnami Baba theory is a major impediment on the way to the truth and needs to be completely debunked. A thorough criminal investigation of the Gumnami Baba conspiracy is necessary to get to its bottom. The answer to the question as to what really happened to Netaji if he did not die on 18 August 1945 in the plane crash as alleged has to come from Russia. Please read this blog article ...
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Eminent Netaji researcher Purabi Roy claims that Aleksandr Kolesnikov had told her about the existence of a record of the Soviet cabinet members discussing Netaji’s future in a meeting in October 1946 in the GRU archive of Russia. However Aleksandr Kolesnikov gave the Mukherjee Commission a miss and in the absence of his evidence, the assertion of Purabi Roy regarding Netaji’s presence in Soviet Union after 18.08.1945 could not be acted upon. Aleksandr Kolesnikov has appeared in a documentary film titled “Subhash Chandra Bose: The Mystery” premiered on Discovery Channel on 18.07.2016 and the revelations made by him therein have been brought to the attention of the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi. The Government of India needs to take immediate steps to obtain the admissible evidence of Aleksandr Kolesnikov with respect to the above-mentioned finding which Purabi Roy has consistently over the years attributed to him, for further investigation into Netaji’s disappearance mystery.

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To know more, read this blog article ... http://bit.ly/2wwpV8p
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