Published On : Tue, Jun 16th, 2015

Declassify documents related to Netaji’s plane crash: Subhashini Ali

patrakar-bhavanNagpur: The Central governments should have de-classified documents related to the plane crash of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in which he died, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Subhashini Ali said today.

“There was no harm in making the documents public now after 70 years and I really don’t know why the Centre (previous governments) was shy of publishing the documents,” Ali told a press meet here.
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She said even during NDA government’s five-year regime under former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, it could not de-classify the documents and now the present Modi government at the Centre is blaming the previous governments.

To a query on the mystery surrounding the death of Bose, Ali, daughter of Capt Laxmi Sahgal and Prem Sahgal of Indian National Army (INA), founded by Netaji, ruled out any possibility other than the leader dying in a plane crash.

She said her parents were convinced that Bose died in plane crash.

There were rumours of the freedom fighter’s survival and that he was living as a saint, which were subsequently proved wrong by probe panel, she said, claiming that Netaji’s trusted officer Colonel Habibu Rahman, the lone survivor of the crash had confirmed the death of Netaji.

On possibility of a merger of the two left parties – CPI and of CPI(M), the senior leader ruled out any immediate merger of the parties in the near future.

“…But we are trying to take a united stand on issues,” she added.

Ali said the left parties will fight the forthcoming Bihar Assembly elections on its own and will not join the Janata Dal-led alliance.

On the controversy surrounding International Yoga Day on June 21, Ali said besides the religious aspects associated with Yoga, some of the ‘asans’ (postures) may not be good for every individual’s health as body structures differ from person to person.