Who killed Netaji

The death of Subhash Chandra Bose, remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries of the Independance Era. But if NDTV is to be believed, it was the British who did him in.

Netaji’s stand to take up arms against the British, was contrary to the popular stand of Ahimsa led by Mahatma Gandhi.

“As far as I know, he was the only significant political leader in any colony fighting British colonization, who was explicitly targeted for assassination,”

The article is inconclusive in its hypothesis, but I have a feeling that this is not the last we hear on this topic.

UPDATE Follow the discussion on this @ Sepia Mutiny

Documents reveal British plan to kill Netaji

Monday, August 15, 2005 (Kolkata):

In one of the most startling revelations since independence, a historian from Trinity College has presented documentary evidence that the British Foreign Office had ordered the assassination of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in 1941.

Netaji’s family in Kolkata briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about the revelations before making the documents public on the eve of Independence Day.

The assassination was ordered on March 7, 1941 when Netaji was in hiding in Kabul after escaping virtual house arrest in Kolkata. The order was reconfirmed in June.

The assassination was to be attempted in Turkey, a country Bose was expected to pass through on his way to Germany.

Evidence found

Professor Eunan O’Halpin of Trinity College, Dublin, found evidence of the assassination orders at the Public Records Office in London.

“As far as I know, he was the only significant political leader in any colony fighting British colonization, who was explicitly targeted for assassination,” said O’Halpin.

“Now the reason he was targeted is because of his intentions to not simply lead India out of the empire, but to do it by force and in conjunction with the Axis,” the professor added.

The professor disclosed his findings publicly for the first time at a lecture at Netaji Research Bureau in Kolkata on Sunday.

Rare find

Netaji’s grand-nephew and Harvard historian Sugata Bose said that the papers are a rare find because most documents about Netaji are still classified and references to him are largely blanked out in the few papers that have been made public.

“Part of the reason why we have found this dramatic revelation is that the assassination decision is actually listed under Turkey, because that was where the assassination was going to take place,” said Sugata.

“Clearly whoever was reading through the Turkish papers did not see the enormity of what was being suggested in relation to an Indian political leader,” he added.

Netaji never went to Turkey. He reached Berlin via Moscow.

Not only do the documents reveal the Netaji assassination plot, they also suggest assassination was official British policy to quell rebellion in the colonies and that Netaji may not have been their only target.

10 Comments

  1. Atanu Dey August 23, 2005

    Arzan, thanks for the link to NDTV’s report. I recently blogged on Netaji’s Ghost and posted an article by N.S.Rajaram that is a must read for all of us who care about understanding India’s recent history.

  2. SAMRAT September 4, 2005

    LET THE TRUTH COME OUT… ENOUGH IS ENOUGH NOW , WE CANT WAIT ANY MORE
    THANKS

  3. SALAN September 4, 2005

    WHY FAKE STORY AND A LIE 4 THIS SUPREME COMMANDER HE WAS SURE IN RUSSIA IN 1945…… HELP US TO LET THIS ILL-FATED MAN COME OUT OF HIS DIFFICULT AND FISSY STAGE…..HE did not die in plane crash is that clear …

  4. HMS bloggie December 23, 2005

    Visit http://www.missionnetaji.org to fidn out more. It has lots of documents proving Netaji wasn’t dead in plane crash. Also, how Nehru used his position to keep Netaji out of India!!! A book “back from dead – Inside Netaji Subhas Bose mystery” from Anuj Dhar is good source of information where he argue on Bhagwanji angle of the mystery.

    Thanks,

    HMS Bloggie

  5. web blogger February 22, 2006

    A much better website covering the case is http://www.indiansforaction.com/

    Also, the first ever comprehensive account of the Netaji Subhas disappearance mystery is the book “Netaji – Dead or Alive?” written by late Shri Samar Guha, Indian ex-MP.

    The book reveals clearly how the Govt of Taiwan had revealed in 1956 itself, that there was no aircrash in Taihoku on August 18, 1945.

    This book is available for only Rs 65.

  6. gnatius pankaj gomes March 27, 2006

    Forget about how netaji died, lets talk about how he lived. I think India has done a major injustice not recognizing his love for the land and his bangla root.

  7. ASIT GUIN February 2, 2012

    Japan agreed to eliminate Netaji;
    In WW-I, Japan was an ally of British. Before WW-II, Japan-US trade war and political war started, this led to actual war between US and Japan. So British became an enemy to Japan by diplomatic manipulation as US – British alliance was there. After WW-II, Japan revived their old connection with British via spies. Japanese and British spies were enough linked before WW-II. Japanese spies agreed to eliminate Netaji. Motive was to appease the British and purchase security for Japan royal family. Thus, Japan sold Netaji to British and British eliminated him. The false news of air crash was Japan’s fabrication. In any controversial case, liar is to be suspected first.
    Netaji’s plan to start second independence war with the help of USSR was known to Japan. There was enough scope for British and Japanese spies to develop a common minimum program against pro-communist agenda of Netaji. Why should Japanese imperialism agree to patronize emergence of independent India as a permanent communist ally? Is it not more logical to fulfill British condition and purchase favor? Why Japan royal family was not tried as a war criminal? What is the mystery behind this favor?

  8. ASIT GUIN February 2, 2012

    In WW-I, Japan was an ally of British. Before WW-II, Japan-US trade war and political war started, this led to actual war between US and Japan. So British became an enemy to Japan by diplomatic manipulation as US – British alliance was there. After WW-II, Japan revived their old connection with British via spies. Japanese and British spies were enough linked before WW-II. Japanese spies agreed to eliminate Netaji. Motive was to appease the British and purchase security for Japan royal family. Thus, Japan sold Netaji to British and British eliminated him. The false news of air crash was Japan’s fabrication. In any controversial case, liar is to be suspected first.
    Netaji’s plan to start second independence war with the help of USSR was known to Japan. There was enough scope for British and Japanese spies to develop a common minimum program against pro-communist agenda of Netaji. Why should Japanese imperialism agree to patronize emergence of independent India as a permanent communist ally? Is it not more logical to fulfill British condition and purchase favor? Why Japan royal family was not tried as a war criminal? What is the mystery behind this favor?

  9. asit guin June 23, 2012

    Japan agreed to eliminate Netaji;

    In WW-I, Japan was an
    ally of British. Before WW-II,
    Japan-US trade
    war and political war started, this led to actual war between US and Japan. So
    British became an enemy to Japan
    by diplomatic manipulation as US – British alliance was there. After WW-II,
    Japan revived
    their old connection with British via spies. Japanese and British spies were
    enough linked before WW-II. Japanese spies agreed to eliminate Netaji. Motive
    was to appease the British and purchase security for Japan royal family. Thus, Japan sold Netaji
    to British and British eliminated him. The false news of air crash was Japan’s
    fabrication. In any controversial case, liar is to be suspected first.

    Netaji’s plan to start
    second independence war with the help of USSR
    was known to Japan.
    There was enough scope for British and Japanese spies to develop a common
    minimum program against pro-communist agenda of Netaji. Why should Japanese
    imperialism agree to patronize emergence of independent India as a
    permanent communist ally? Is it not more logical to fulfill British condition
    and purchase favor? Why Japan royal
    family was not tried as a war criminal? What is the mystery behind this favor?

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