UPA’s President nominee Pranab Mukherjee could find himself in soup soon when Anuj Dhar’s book India’s Biggest Cover-Up hits the stand. According to the book, Pranab was involved in the elaborate cover up during the last days of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. “Mukherjee remains India’s foremost proponent of the Bose died in Taiwan theory,” states the book. The book dismisses the official version of Bose having died in 1945 in an air-crash in Taiwan. It will render all documents that were kept shrouded for 65 long years, busting the current version endorsed by US, British and Indian authorities. The book is stated to hit the market in July.
According to Anuj Dhar, Pranab Mukherjee went an extra mile, during his tenure as Foreign Minister, in supporting Netaji’s air-crash theory, even though there were numerous instances negating the same. Dhar quotes an incident that took place in 1996, where the former Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs even suggested that India must issue a demarche to the Russian Federation regarding a search for any evidence related to Bose in KGB’s archives.
The book quotes Mukherjee as seeing the note sent by the JS, which led him to direct Foreign Secretary Salman Haider to meet the JS. Following the meeting, the matter was conveniently forgotten by the JS, where he even stated that seeking access to the KGB archive would harm Indo-Russian relations. The book also states that in 1994, the Ministry of External Affairs wanted to issue a proper death certificate for Bose’s death, since the certificates submitted by the Japansese officials were fake.
Tthe Justice Mukherjee Commission of inquiry report quotes Pranab Mukherjee as one of the 7 witnesses who testified before it, favouring the prevalent story of Netaji’s death. But when the report and its conclusions came out in 2004, Mukherjee was in power, which helped him conceal the judgment on the Commission report. The report’s conclusions were thus dismissed.
Anuj Dhar’s book states how there is ample circumstantial evidence to believe that Netaji probably survived the crash and lived in Russia between 1945 and 1990. However, the Indian government never bothered to confirm the same with Russian authorities. “There is some evidence to suggest he died in Faizabad but the question can only be incontestably settled when government undertakes comprehensive declassification especially of those documents held by intelligence agencies,” said Dhar.
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