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Bose alive in China in 1948, indicates declassified file
Freedom fighter Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was "alive" and "somewhere in Manchuria, China" in 1948, one of his trusted aides, Deb Nath Das, had claimed then, according to the declassified files by the West Bengal government.
 
Among the released dossier, file No. 22 sheds light on intelligence gathered by the Bengal government (office of the deputy commissioner of police), on INA leaders, including Das.
 
An extract dated August 9, 1948, says: "Deb Nath Das, an ex-INA leader who is actively engaged in anti-Congress propaganda, is preaching in political and party circles that Netaji Subash Chandra Bose is alive and is somewhere in Manchuria, China at present."
 
"To rouse the curiosity and even belief of the people, he (Das) says that Netaji told him before the plane-crash that the possibility of a third world war would emerge in the wake of the second world war."
 
On August 22, 1945, Tokyo Radio announced the "death" of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in an air crash in Formosa (now Taiwan) on August 18, 1945, en route to Japan.
 
But the crash theory has been rejected by scores of Bose's followers and admirers and claims of the revolutionary leader resurfacing continue to intrigue and divide Indians over the years.
 
Adding to the controversy, the extract further states that Das had asserted that in 1948 Bose was keeping tabs on the international as well as national scenario.
 
"Das adds that Netaji is watching both the international and national situation, vis-A-vis India, to find out as to which among the foreign powers was her friend or enemy. There is a talk that Deb Nath Das may contest the by-election from south Calcutta constituency of the West Bengal Assembly."
 
Das, according to a declassified 1948 confidential diary page of the Calcutta police, was known to give "fiery lectures" against the then Indian government.
 
"Except for the meetings attended or presided over by Das, in which he always gave fiery lectures against the government of India, nothing else could be known of his anti-Congress activities."
 
The Bengal government on Friday made public 64 files to help unravel the mystery behind Bose's disappearance.
 
Bose, once the Congress president, made contact with the Axis powers during World War II. He formed the Indian National Army in Singapore, with the help of the Japanese, and fought the British Indian Army.
 
Ex-INA leader Das, was a key member of the provisional government-in-exile formed by Bose in 1943.
 
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Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

2 years ago

In the year 1996, I had an opportunity to meet, P. N. Oak,M.A.,LL.B. then aged 86 years, at his home at Pune, who joined Indian Independence League (IIL), formed by Ras Behari Bose, in the year 1940. In year 1941, when Ras Behari Bose formally gave the charge of IIL to Subhas Chandra Bose at Singapore, at the ceremony, where Oak was also present.

Oak was looking after publicity department of Indian National Army (INA), which was rechristened after Subhas Chandra Bose took over IIL from Ras Behari Bose, in the year 1941.

Since Oak was working closely with Subhas Chandra Bose, I asked Oak about Subhas' death on 18.8.1945, in a air crash, at Formosa air port, where he boarded the air craft, with his only INA aide Habibur Rehaman.

Said air craft belonged to military, and was very small aircraft. It was already full, and since Subhas Chandra wanted to leave Formosa same day, both were accomodated together on last seats, which were very close to the petrol tank of the air craft.

Just as aircraft flied, there was leak in fuel tank, and fuel oozed out, and fell on Subhas Chandra's body. As it was cold day, he was wearing woolen coat. Soon after that petrol soaked woolen coat caught fire. Suddenly Habibur Rehaman removed Subas' woolen coat, in that burning situation. Still, Subhas' chest was completely burnt out. Within half an hour, Subhas was transferred to a militaty hospital nearby. All the while, Habibur Rehaman was along side of the Subhas Chandra.
Same day, night Subhas started collapsing, still then he gathered all his energy, and told Habibur Rehaman, that
" Habib, I will not survive this accident. Please go and tell our country people, that your Subhas has fought for the country, till his last. Now you carry out my mission further. Give one more kick to British Government, to get independence to India". After these words, he stopped talking further. Even though doctors were at his attendance, he could not survive. Subhas breathed his last in next half an hour. His body was cremated, andhis mortal rtemains were taken by Japanese Government people, since INA was supported by Japan.

After independence, Habibur Rehaman settled in west Pakistan, since he was having his property in west Punjab, which as transferred to west Pakistan after partition. He was called to Delhi for giving his statement in front of Khosla Committee in the year 1948. At that times, Oak was working for Hindustan Times daily, at its New Delhi office as a sub-editor. Habibur and Oak met at Delhi when former came to Delhi to give his statement in front of Khosla Committee. Both had discussion in disappearance of Netaji Subhas, and as stated above by me, Habibur Rehman, then only witness of Netaji Subhas' death gave a true story, which several people disbelieved it. Even Oak asked him, how he survived fire, when he was so close to Subhas. Habibur showed some burns' remains on his hands to Oak, which was then only three year old.

I met Captain Laxmi, head of Rani Laxmi Ladies' Regiment of INA, in Mumbai, in 2003. She also said that Netaji Subhas expired in plane accident, and Habibur Rehaman's statement, as narrated to me by Oak was correct and true.

Habibur Rehaman, P. N. Oak and Captan Laxmi are all dead now.

Mortal remins of Netji Subhas are available at Rinkoji Temple at Japan. These mortal remains may be DNA analysed against blood sample of Netaji Subhas' only daughter, now aged 71 year old, Anita Bose Puff, who is in Germany. I happened to meet her in Mumbai, in the year 2004.

Airtel to bill prepaid customers on per second basis
Bharti Airtel has started per second bill plan for its prepaid mobile customers nationally, to ensure the customers pay only for the time they use the network, a company statement said here on Monday.
 
"Rolled out under the new 'Pay For What You Use' initiative as part of the company's 'Customer First' commitment, this will help ensure that customers pay only for the time they use the Airtel network," the statement said.
 
"Our customers are the reason for us to be in business, we therefore constantly introduce innovative initiatives with a commitment to deliver a world class experience to them," Ajai Puri, director - Market Operations, Bharti Airtel (India & South Asia), said.
 
"We continue to invest in our network quality and deploy new sites to further enhance our robust and wide network presence, we are today taking the lead to move our customers to the affordable per second plans ensuring that they pay only for what they use," he said.
 
With this initiative the company will ensure that all the prepaid base is moved to the per second plan, the statement said.
 
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New Jharkhand capital remains only on drawing board
It has been 15 years since the state of Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar, but the new state capital is stuck up on drawing boards due to lack of political will and likely need to rehabilitate people who would be affected by the project.
 
The core of the proposed capital is planned to be developed in Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) area of Ranchi on around 2,000 acres of land. 
 
Government sources said the core capital would house only government buildings. The project, however, faces stiff resistance from people living on land where the core capital is proposed to come up. 
 
"People have been living here for the last more than 50 years. How can they be moved out without proper rehabilitation?" said Bandhu Tirkey, a former legislator. 
 
After the creation of Jharkhand, Ranchi witnessed a sudden surge in its population. Facilities of housing, drinking water, electricity and roads were in bad shape, but little has been done since then to improve amenities. Ranchi has since been selected for the status of 100 smart cities of the country. 
 
The then deputy prime minister L.K. Advani laid the foundation for the new capital in 2002 but work could not begin. A ring road project launched eight years ago is yet to be completed. 
 
Even the state assembly, secretariat and a large number of government residences are functioning from buildings taken on rent. 
 
Chief Minister Raghubar Das surveyed at least three areas on Ranchi outskirts, but could not finalise a site for the new capital. Sources in the government said the hunt for new capital has since been stopped. 
 
"We will develop the core capital where the state assembly, secretariat, high court and government residences will be constructed. We have awarded the work for the construction of the high court building while the process is on to float tenders for the assembly building," said Sukhdeo Singh, managing director of Greater Ranchi Development Authority.
 
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K. M. Rao

2 years ago

We can summarise the sorry state affairs in one phrase - lack of leadership qualities.

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