Forum criticises Sugata Bose 'non-issue' remarks on Netaji
'The Open Platform for Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose', a peoples forum for declassification of all government documents relating to the mysterious disappearance of the country's greatest freedom fighter, today severely criticised the Netaji Research Bureau (NRB) and its custodian Professor Sugata Bose for branding the public demand as 'non issue' without giving any credence to the global demand.
Describing the remark recently made by Netaji's nephew and Harvard university professor Sugata Bose, as 'very unfortunate and an attempt to brush aside a justified demand of the present generation of young Indians', Mr Subrata Bose and Ms Chitra Ghosh, son and daughter of Netaji's brother Sarat Chandra Bose and several other members of the Netaji family have also demanded a 'suitable explanation' from Dr Bose about his comment.
Incidentally Dr (Bose, also the Trinamool Congress candidate from Jadavpur constituency in this month's Parliamentary elections, made this comment while speaking at a seminar organised by the Forum and the People's Movement for Declassification and Release of All Files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army, here yesterday.
Addressing the gathering Dr Bose attempted to 'brush aside the importance of the Demand for Declassification of government documents, which is rapidly becoming a global movement spreading to other countries including the united States and Japan, the brother-sister duo alleged
They said though NRB, housed at Netaji Bhawan, was established by Sarat Chandra Bose, elder brother of Netaji Subhas in late 1950s, as a centre for research and study of the life and work of Netaji as well as to propagate his vision and plans for independent India.
Dr Bose considered the current movement to uncover hitherto 'secret information', held in classified files in the custody of various government departments, as a 'non-issue'.
Was Prof Bose not aware that in response to an RTI application made by Mission Netaji, the Prime Minister's Office had categorically stated that ''The appeal has been carefully considered. On verification of the classified files held by PMO, it is held that their disclosure will prejudicially affect relations with foreign countries.''
The members of the Netaji's family said in unison underlying the importance of those classified files.
Also demanding that Dr Bose must also clarify his stand about the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the demand for declassification of entire related files before the people of Jadavpur parliamentary as well as to the whole nation, senior members of the Bose family including Ms Krishna Ghose, daughter of Sailesh Chandra Bose, Prof Dwarka Nath Bose, son of Dr Sunil Chandra Bose and Ms Nandita Bose, wife of Subrata Bose in a signed statement stated.
(Posted on 02-04-2014)