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The two most reputed biographers of Subhas Chandra Bose—Leonard Gordon and Sugata Bose—agree on Netaji dying in a plane crash in Taiwan on 18 August 1945.
However, this theory has been disputed by others, including a commission appointed by the previous National Democratic Alliance government in 1999.
Earlier commissions appointed by Congress governments had lacked credibility.
Government reticence on declassifying Netaji’s files has not helped.
Finally, the day has arrived.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be initiating the declassification process on Saturday—also Netaji’s birth anniversary.
While it is uncertain if the files will reveal anything on the circumstances of Netaji’s demise, Modi should be applauded for taking this step.
Parties should desist from creating another slugfest over the legacies of Netaji and Jawaharlal Nehru.
Both deserve respect for their contributions and their legacies need an honest appraisal.