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January 24, 2016

War Criminal

The Govt recently declassified papers of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the greatest unsung hero and leader who took on the British during Freedom struggle, sadly points to a history of lies, deceit and abuse (as it now appears) from those in power.

While the country was being fed a candyfloss of Socialism, Panchasheel and Non-alignment, history was also being nicely abrogated to suit the interests of one party which usurped the freedom movement by its successor. Whether someone referred him as a 'War Criminal' is not the moot point (that by the by raises my angst about this whole topic) and here's why

The concept of pacifist freedom struggle and the belief that taking a slap on another cheek would win over the enemy ingrained in most of the Congress flock was a joke to Bose. He knew that the only realist way to kick the Britishers out was using force even if it meant collaborating with the Axis forces. Thus one saw Bose active in the pacific theater of war with his Indian National Army.

The Brits had the gumption to call Bose a quisling (a traitor who joins the enemy) but it is also quite possible that those in power here (after they vacated) also had their own axe to grind against Bose. Why?

·     He had a very different and radical idea of nation building and knew that the Congress thugs were no good at it. If he were alive, he presented a clear and present danger to Nehru who had consolidated his hold by now and was perpetuating his grandiose but hollow ideas that were harming the nation (the Chinese debacle was a good proof)

Congis were shit scared of him as they knew him as a man of real action. If he were alive, a possibility that he could have plotted another comeback and created a major upheaval with force in hand could have given them the gitters. Hence Nehru went that extra mile to keep a close tab on Netaji’s relatives, it is also possible that he wanted foreign powers to nab him if were alive and keep him confined away from Indian shores. Hence all these theories about his hiding as a holy man, his detention in a Rusiian prison etc

But why did they keep his ‘end’ under wraps for so long?  Political machination or bureaucratic ineptitude is no excuse for a ungrateful nation .

As Henri Louis Bergson puts it 'The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect is already in the cause"

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and war criminal charge

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