NETAJI MYSTERY – Netaji Forum keeps `war criminal’ row alive

NETAJI MYSTERY – Netaji Forum keeps `war criminal’ row alive

NETAJI MYSTERY – Netaji Forum keeps `war criminal’ row alive
May 29, 2016 ║ The Times of India (Kolkata) ║ Saikat Ray ║ Kolkata:
ReSubmitted By : ‘Anjaan Bandaa’.
█(01)►The latest declassification of the secret files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has come as a relief to admirers of the national hero.Yet, the debate continues over his “war criminal“ tag.
█(02)►Members of the Netaji Forum in Kolkata would like to wait for some time for the Centre to clarify two major documents. The first is the deposition of Shyam Lal Jain, Jawaharlal Nehru’s stenographer, who revived the speculation during the Khosla Commission enquiry in the early Seventies.Written by Nehru to British PM Clement Atley, the former referred to Netaji as “your war criminal“.
█(03)►The other important document is United Nation’s reply to air vice marshal S Goyal`s fax message to the UN secretary general Kofi Annan.
█(04)►On February 15, 1997, Goyal appealed to relieve Netaji from the dishonour of being a war criminal. “The great Indian freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose deserves the world body’s favourable consideration to relieve him dead or alive on his centenary occasion from the dishonourable reference as a war criminal,“ Goyal wrote.
█(05)►Netaji Forum activist and lawyer Rudrajyoti Bhattacharya pointed to UN’s reply to Goyal’s letter.The UN secretary general’s executive assistant writes: “The secretary-general is aware of the great regard in which Netaji is held but he is powerless to undo references that may have been made in the past. He is confident that no UN agency or publication would use the term war criminal in reference to Netaji in future.“ Bhattacharya maintains the UN letter is an admission that Netaji was referred to as a war criminal. “The Narendra Modi government should come clean on this and de-recognise all such correspondences referring to Netaji as a war criminal,” said Netaji Forum member Jagjit Dasgupta.

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