Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s kin wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of Netaji’s 125th birthday asking him to have the freedom fighter’s image on currency notes. Chandra Bose, who is also a BJP leader, albeit a marginalised one, wrote an open letter to the prime minister to also declare 23 January as a national holiday. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was born on 23 January 1897.
In a nine-point letter, Chandra Bose says he submitted his suggestions for the 125th birth anniversary celebration of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. In the letter, he asks the prime minister to declare 23 January as a national holiday to honour Netaji. He also asked for converting four coaches in trains into a mobile Netaji Museum for people across the nation to know about the heroism of the Azad Hind Fauj.
Apart from the above, Chandra Bose also wrote to The Gazette of India to ensure flag hoisting at Red Fort in Delhi on 21 October every year. He also asked for the Indian flag to be hoisted in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on 30 December every year by the president or prime minister of India. While the flag was hoisted by Netaji, the first head of state of free India, on 30 December 1943, on 21 October 1943, Netaji had announced the establishment of the “Provisional Government of Free India”.
“Build Netaji’s statue in front of India Gate, New Delhi. Construct an INA memorial at the Red Fort to pay homage to the martyrs of the Indian National Army, who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our motherland. Implement Netaji’s inclusive ideology across the country to unite all communities to build a new India that Netaji envisioned,” Chandra Bose wrote to Prime Minister Modi.
Subhas Chandra Bose’s patriotism made him a hero in India. His attempts during World War II to rid India of British rule with the help of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan left behind a legacy that establishments the world over are uncomfortable with. He is rumoured to have died in a plane crash near Formosa/Taipei on 18 August 1945, a day when actually no aircraft had crashed anywhere in the world. Every year, a bunch of politicians pay tribute to him on his ‘death anniversary’, only to see themselves trolled heavily by Twitter and Facebook users, after which they hurriedly delete the social media updates.
While researchers Anuj Dhar, Chandrachur Ghose, Sreejith Panickar and others in the pressure group Mission Netaji have been successful in pressuring the Modi and Mamata Banerjee governments to declassify documents in their possession, the whole truth about his final days or years cannot be established until the governments of Russia, Japan and the United Kingdom declassify the respective documents about his whereabouts that they have.
Chandra Bose and other distant relatives of Netaji did not initially believe in the plane crash theory, but their relationships with the researchers above have soured over a period of time and now they toe the official line of the government on the question of Subhas Chandra Bose’s death.