Indian Political Leadership and Bhagwanji
Did the Indian political leadership know about Bhagwanji? There are multiple indications. Thanks to Prof. Samar Guha Netaji issue was always alive in Indian politics. For a brief period when the Janata Party Government came to power in 1977, Morarji Desai made a statement in parliament debunking Khosla Commission report and death by aircrash. There are rumours that Indira Gandhi came to meet Bhagwanji and one witness in Sahai Commission identified Pranab Mukherjee as one of the visitors to Ram Bhavan. A counter foil of a registered letter of Bhagwanji to Ghani Khan Chaudhuri, the erstwhile railway minister, is available in Ram Bhavan among his documents. Pranab and Ghani were two key ministers from Bengal in Indira cabinet. A letter from RSS chief M.S Gholwalkar highlights frequent correspondence between the two and such letters may be available among RSS archives in their HQ. So RSS knew about Bhagwanji. Their chief Y Sudarshan claimed publicly that Netaji lived in Faizabad atleast until 1985. A CIA report states that Rajnarayan, the high profile socialist leader knew about Bhagwanji being Netaji. The UP Chief ministers and high level ministers and bureaucrats during his time definitely knew, giving complete sanctuary to Bhagwanji whenever troubles were created by petty police officers. Former DSP Vikram Singh validates this. Army top brass knew about him. There are eye witnesses who saw army vehicles carrying top officials meeting him at dead of night, especially during the Bangladesh war. Again rumours kept flying that Sam Manekshaw met him. Coming to the more recent events, Bhagwanji's belongings are stored, prim and proper, in Ram Katha Sangrahalaya by the Yogi Government in UP, along with artifacts from the old Ram Temple in Ayodhya. That proves the importance the UP Government gives to these belongings, although the trigger point was a verdict by Allahabad High Court ordering the erstwhile UP Government of Akhilesh Yadav to do so. Yogi Government did not accept or reject the Sahai Commission report, they just put it up in assembly and nobody discussed it. Of late, the only political party to send tweets on "death anniversary" of Netaji on 18th Aug is Congress. Neither the prime minister, nor any of his cabinet minister, nor any other political party chief mention anything about Netaji's death in an aircrash. The Prime minister went to Japan several times but never visited Renkoji. It is also reassuring to see that the astute Prime Minister never provides any reference to a certain daughter of Netaji. His party has sidelined a certain Lunar Bose who has been converted to a death by plane crash advocate by his other family members. All this is very reassuring. But how does that prove that Government and key political leaders know about Subhas Chandra Bose? And why are they selective in classifying Bose files? Why secrets about Bose may never come out in near future to the public? The answer lies in geopolitics and the mission of Bhagwanji/Subhas Chandra Bose, the instructions left by him to the political leadership and the plans of the India Government to undo the problems of Partition of India and the British-Congress rule. But that will be discussed later.