French file: Netaji was in Hanoi in November 1945

French file: Netaji was in Hanoi in November 1945

#NetajiSubhasChandraBose meeting reporters at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan..25th May,1943…


  • The divide between those who believe that Bose died in a plane crash in August, 1945 and those who don’t is getting sharper
  • The reference comes from a French secret report which claims that ‘Chandra Bose’ was in Hanoi in November, 1945

File photo of Netaji Subhash Chandra BoseFile photo of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

LUCKNOW: While the divide between those who believe that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose died in a plane crash in August, 1945 and those who don’t is getting sharper, two more recent revelations challenge the ‘crash’ theory.

The first and direct reference comes from a French secret report used extensively by eminent historian and Vietnam expert Prof Christopher Goscha for his seminal work ‘Thailand and the Southeast Asian Networks of the Vietnamese Revolution’, published in 1999.

“I found a footnote reference in Prof. Goscha’s book about a `very detailed French report on Japan’s War-time South-east Asian Special Services, based on Japanese sources…’ which claims that ‘Chandra Bose’ was in Hanoi in November, 1945,” says Adheer Som, a Lucknow-based logician and Bose researcher, who instantly got in touch with Goscha and wrote a detailed mail to him on October 12, 2016, to know about this French file and also identity of this `Chandra Bose’.

“I was aware that there was a ‘Chandra Bose’ in his book. But it is Sarat Chandra, Netaji’s brother. However, to the best of my knowledge, he was in jail during August-December, 1945, although he worked very actively thereafter in 46-47 to provide Indian assistance to Vietnam against France. So, I wrote to him that it was almost certain that he (Sarat Chandra) was not in Hanoi in November, 1945. Perhaps the reference in the French report to “Chandra Bose” being in Hanoi, is in fact a reference to Subhas not Sarat,” he says. In his reply, Goscha was very courteous, but was not of much help about Som’s query. “Unfortunately, I did the research for this book almost thirty years ago.You should have the archival reference for this document. I wish I could help you more, but I no longer live in France,” Goscha wrote back.


But what he added next, drove Som to work further on the French files -“Chandra Bose is indeed a fascinating person. Haven’t a few other authors written about him?

I’m thinking of Tim Harper and Christopher Bayly’s books on Southeast Asia,” Goscha, who now teaches in Montreal, wrote. The secret file pertaining to France’s engagements in South East Asia in 1940s which Prof Christopher Goscha referred to for his book had twosentence reference to `Chandra Bose’. Prof Goscha shared the said file with Lucknow-based Bose researcher Adheeer Som on November 2. In this file, the following lines about Netaji appear on page 43 (of 68): “Chandra Bose aurait ete present fin novembre a une conference a hanoi ou etaient representees six nations.Chandra Bose serait parti depuis en russi par le yunnan. Le gouv russe l’aurait pris en charge a la frontiere.”

(Chandra Bose was reported to be present at the end of November at a conference in Hanoi where six nations were represented. Chandra Bose would have since left for Russia via managed by Yunnan. The Russian government would have taken his charge from the frontier (onwards.) “This has to be a reference to Subhas and not Sarat Chandra Bose, as Sarat attending a secret six-nation conferences in Hanoi in November 1945 is impossible as he was in prison in India. Also, the second line makes no sense for Sarat to leave via China for Russia.Besides, Prof Goscha himself reiterated in an earlier mail that “It is well known that Bose was in Hanoi,” Som says. Also, it is well known that on August 18, 1945, when he took off from Taihoku in Taiwan after which his plane reportedy crashed, he was headed for Munchuria to join Russsians. In this context also, this second line of the French file is significant. Prof Goscha followed up with another copious collection of files from a different archival source with the exact same reference to Chandra Bose having attended a secret conference in Hanoi in November 1945 etc.

Pravin Kumar | TNN | Updated: Dec 21, 2016, 09.42 AM ISThttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/french-file-netaji-was-in-hanoi-in-november-1945/articleshow/56095022.cms

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