Indian politics from the very beginning of independence was dominated by vested interests and pet narratives. The political dispensation had been ruthless in exterminating any contrary or opposing viewpoints. Pandit Nehru, was extremely intolerant to criticism and it was evident in the way he treated criticism and critics. Subhas Chandra Bose was, by all means, a political rival or Nehru and most of the Congress stalwarts. He was the most popular Indian leader, the war hero, whom the people almost venerated and worshiped. The political ruling class had also inherited the legacy of the British administrative system, a system that was not only corrupt and inefficient, but also steadfastly Anglophile and followed its colonial masters and their brown torch bearers in the independent India. Nehru's heart was in Europe and feet was in India. Despite his fine oratory and scholarly bent of mind, Nehru understood very little of India and even less of Hinduism and its legacy, culture and influence over India. He had embarked on a mission of cultural conquest, of eradicating the Indian culture of Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, Upanishads and Gita, with the modern leftist education in the name of secularism. Subhas Chandra Bose on the other hand was India personified. He had tremendous respect for traditional India and he predicted that India had a mission of becoming the world teacher. He realized when he was a teenager that he had a definite mission and had incarnated to fulfill that divine mission. He was inspired by Swami Vivekananda's ideals. He was deeply spiritual while Nehru was a non believer. This fundamental difference in approach and views of Nehru and Subhas created an irreconcilable difference between the two. Mountbatten had suggested that if Subhas returned then Nehru's power would be challenged. Nehru probably had this firmly rooted in his consciousness. He therefore proceeded with a missionary zeal to eradicate the legacy of Subhas in every possible way. In this effort he was aided by other Congress leaders, most of whom were against Subhas since 1939. Even the one time Subhas loyalists who had joined Nehru's camp were more interested in placating their bosses and get their interests aligned.
Indian politics thus became a game of self interest fulfillment and clinging to power by hook or by crook. The Selfless ideals of Subhas and other revolutionaries were put in the back-burner. Gandhi became a brand, a marketable commodity that can be leveraged to gain traction in international markets for image makeover and also in domestic market for getting votes. Subhas was non saleable for the political leaders. The main party, the Congress, was dead against him and only selectively utilized his legacy to further its own agenda. The opposition did not find any gains in promoting Subhas. Moreover the ideology of Subhas confused them - was it leftist, was it rightist? His spiritual activities were looked down upon. He did not have any organization. Forward Bloc in the form that he envisaged had long ceased to exist. So nothing could be gained by promoting the ideals of Subhas, not even in his home state of West Bengal.
It is very difficult to change an existing narrative. Very few political leaders have courage or conviction to make attempts to change an established narrative like Subhas's death in a plane crash or his contribution to the freedom movement. Therefore we have not seen any political party coming out in his open support or in disclosing more about his so called mystery. In the words of a great man, "Indian politics...ugh..it stinks." The great man knew, he had faced the brunt of the dirty politics in 1939, in the aftermath of the Tripuri Congress. He told with disdain that there was always a dearth of statesmen in the world and India had none of them. He also stated that India should have opted for a State religion, that democracy not disciplined is mobocracy, demoncracy.