New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will declassify some of the secret files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on 23 January, the birth anniversary of the legendary freedom fighter.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that the files related to the life of Bose would be made public when he met Netaji’s family members (on 14 October last year). This would be started by the prime minister on 23 January," tourism and culture minister Mahesh Sharma said.
He said a “small gathering" of people, including family members of Bose and some leaders, would attend the event.
On 14 October last year, Modi had promised to declassify Netaji files when he met 35 members of Bose’s family at his official residence.
“The process of declassification of files relating to Netaji will begin on 23 January 2016, Subhas Babu’s birth anniversary," Modi had tweeted after an hour-long interaction with the family members who sought making public the documents, hoping questions about his mysterious disappearance seven decades back would be answered.
The demand for declassification of secret files with the Centre had gathered momentum, especially after the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal had declassified 64 files in its possession.