23 June, 2021

The Unfinished Road To Delhi

Ashis Ray dismantles the ‘mystery’ of Netaji’s death through an intense scrutiny of evidence. The exiled status of his remains is the real mystery.

The Unfinished Road To Delhi

One of the great ‘mysteries’ of independent India—the ultimate fate of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose—has gainfully employed hordes of pamphleteers and conspiracy theorists. Others have had as their sole avocation the imbibing, exchange and dissemination of rumour. In Laid To Rest, Ashis Ray has gone deep into the files of the Shah Nawaz (1956) and Khosla (1974) Commissions as well as seven other independent probes, and interviewed primary eye-witnesses over 30 years to arrive at what is the obvious conclusion—that Netaji lost his life in a plane crash on August 18, 1945 at Taihoku (Taipei City).

But how did the truth, borne aloft by so many witnesses, face such a barrage of incredulity for so long? Its roots lie in Bose’s brother, the Congress leader Sarat Chandra Bose, who had at first come to terms with his beloved brother’s death. Yet, goaded by family-members and others who had pecuniary and political gains in sight, clinging on to a straw of hope (Bose’s death was ann­ounced in 1942 by the colonial government,...

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