21 September, 2020

A Hero, A Plot, An Escape

The enigma endures. Did Subhas Chandra Bose die in a plane crash in Taiwan in 1945, or not? Inquiring into this, the Mukherjee Commission will table its 'heretical' report soon. Plus, a new biopic brings Netaji centrestage.

A Hero, A Plot, An Escape
Also See: Alive In The Retelling


Main Findings Mukherjee Commission: Mystery Thickens

  • Why doesn't the Taiwan government have any record of a plane crash at Taihoku on August 18, 1945?

  • Why did Dr Yoshimi, who was supposedly present when Bose died from his plane crash burns, later say that he was forced by an 'Indian officer' to draw up a death certificate for Bose?

  • Why do "most secret" Russian documents refer to Stalin and Molotov discussing Bose's plans in 1946, when he was apparently dead?

  • Why is the British Foreign Office stonewalling the Mukherjee Commission's requests for Bose-related papers?

  • Why has the Indian government, despite long-standing demands from historians, never asked the Russians to release Bose-related documents?

When Shyam Benegal's film Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose—The Forgotten Hero opens in theatres this week, viewers all over the world will be asking one question: how...


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