There is an uproar among some sections of India over the refusal to declassify the Netaji documents.
The ruling Party in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress is nationalizing the issue with Forward Bloc and local parties like the MDMK of Tamil Nadu.
However the Congress is keeping mum.
Netaji was a freedom fighter who chose the military option to drive away the British from India with help from Hitler and Japan.
He was imprisoned by the British eleven times in twenty years.
He was also ordered to be killed by the British Spy Agency SOE(Special Operations Executive)
There is confusion about his death.
While one theory says that Netaji was killed in an air craft crash, another says, with Video evidence that he attended Nehru’s funeral and Lal Bahadur Shastri accompanied him to the taxi when Netaji returned.
Please read my post on this.
Why the Government of India has Classified Netaji’s File and are still refusing to do so even after 65 years after the World War II?
Is it because the British who hated Netaji pathologically and had him in the ‘Most wanted List?’
Or there are some issues that they do not want to divulge concerning other Nations which are now close to India?
Was there any nexus between Nehru and other Indian Leaders over the affair and if divulged might affect their reputation and place our countries relations with Britain under strain?
The answer is all the three.
The revelation that Netaji consorted with Netaji and the Japanese would not affect if the information on this is revealed as Britain and Germany are now in the best of terms.
So it has to be something more sinister and hidden from te pages of History.
And why is it that Netaji was honoured by the Japanese Emperor and a shrine has been erected for him while in India, where he is adored by the Indians, where adualtion does not match that of the Japanese?
During World War 2, Japanese landed at Rabaul on Jan 23rd 1942, after bombing the town and took over without even a fight.
They used Rabaul as Naval base and inflicted heavy casualties on the Allies in the World War II.
Japan finally surrendered to Allied forces on Sept 6th 1945, at Rabaul, when General Imamura boarded HMS Glory and formally surrendered at commanded by the Japanese Emperor, to General Vernon AH Sturdee.
What happened in between is gruesome.
Singapore was taken by the Japanese in February 1942.
A relatively small force of the Japanese routed 90,000 strong Allied forces in six days.
The POWs were kept in Changi Prison.
There were 41,000 Indian Soldiers, many from the Malay Campaign.
Fearing the dropping of Phosphorus Bombs, the Japanese built subterranean tunnels some 620 km in all.
The coaxed an Indian Captain Mohan Singh of INA to aid the Japanese in building the Tunnel and in return promised to aid INA to fight the British.( On 29th Dec 1942, Japanese promptly shed all secrecy and put him into jail.)
The Indian soldiers were asked to build the tunnel, not even a single Japanese Soldier was involved.
During the process of Tunnel building, torture and Cannibalism by the Japanese and the Papua New Guineans 20,000 soldiers died in two and a half years!
Rabaul Submaine base.Clic to enlarge.
Interior of Rabaul Tunnel.
620 km with 93 anti-aircraft guns , 43 cannons and thousands of infantry guns.
It had everything built into it, including a 2500 bed hospital , four kilometers long , with five basement levels .
Barracks could hold 200000 soldiers. There were 5 airstrips which could be entered from any number of tunnel entrances. Some of these tunnels could hold mini submarines and ships. There were several antiaircraft posts and pill boxes. There were aircraft hangars too. Inside were mine , bomb , flame thrower and mortar factories.
They had 2200 prostitutes shipped in from China, Philipines and Korea. All of them lived in the tunnels.
And at the time of Japanese Fall, they were killed.
The Indians died of Malaria, malnutrition, torture ( for NOT completing the daily quota ), big testicle Diphtheria ( nicknamed Changi Indian balls ) , sunstroke, dysentery, wet Beriberi, sheer exhaustion—when they died they were just buried at tunnel extremes with displaced rubble.
Medicines were only for Japanese soldiers. Indian were given sweet potato and water to drink.
There was NO electricity to have power tools. Over the last 9 months , to keep at least one air strip operational the Indians were forced to work in the open even with bombs falling around them.
Only 436 skeletons were exhumed and buried at Port Moresby Bomana Commonwealth war cemetery . When the found the DNA to be of Indian stock—a plaque was put “ HERE LIES AN UNKOWN BRITISH SOLDIER 1942-45, KNOWN ONLY UNTO GOD
The Japanese used the Indian to cultivate 16000 acres of vegetable gardens. They forced the locals to catch fish for them, and these local highlanders were poor fishermen.
In June 1943, with Hilter’s connivance , Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose , took over as supreme commanded of INA, renamed as Azad Hind Fauj, got himself a Field Marshall’s uniform and took over..
Would not the fact that Netaji did not raise the issue of 20000 Indian soldiers killed and tortured with the Japanese and agreed to collaborate with them cause immense damage to his name also create unrest in India , especially in West Bengal?