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Netaji's daughter to meet PM Modi, pushes for DNA test

Netaji's daughter to meet PM Modi, pushes for DNA test
26 Oct 2017
  • Anita Bose-Pfaff, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's daughter, is excited about meeting PM Narendra Modi next year. She plans to push for bringing Netaji's ashes to India and conducting a DNA test to scientifically prove that Netaji died in a plane crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945.
  • His remains were stored at Tokyo's Renkoji temple.
  • Why is the DNA test necessary? Read on!

  • Anita Bose-Pfaff, the daughter whose existence was kept a secret
    Netaji's daughter
  • Anita Bose-Pfaff is the daughter of Netaji and Emilie Schenkl, his Austrian secretary whom he had secretly married.
  • Anita's existence was kept a secret for some time because of the tense war environment, German laws about marrying foreigners and Netaji's untimely death.
  • In 1946, Emily wrote to Netaji's brother Sarat Chandra telling him of 3-year old Anita's existence.

  • What did the official report on Netaji's death state?
    Official report
  • As per the official report, in 1945, after the Japanese had surrendered, Netaji along with a few soldiers was travelling to Manchuria from Bangkok. However, right after take-off, the plane had crashed.
  • Bose was badly burnt and was taken to a general hospital where he was declared dead.
  • Reportedly, his body was cremated the same day and ashes were taken to Tokyo's Renkoji temple.

  • What are the theories surrounding Netaji's death?
  • As no death certificate or photograph was available after his death, it stoked controversy.
  • One theory is that the plane crash theory was all hogwash to allow Bose to escape to Russia.
  • Another theory stated that Bose returned to India and stayed in Faizabad's Oudh as Bhagwanji or Gumnami Baba.
  • Netaji's brothers accused the Nehru government of foul play and withholding information.

  • What is Anita's perspective about his death?
    Anita's viewpoint
  • Anita believes that Netaji died in the plane crash.
  • She, while delivering a lecture in London, said that it was time to bring "closure" to the issue through a DNA test.
  • She asked that 'why would a man who sacrificed so much for the country live under questionable circumstances.'
  • She said that such theories surrounding his death are an "insult" to his memory.

  • What does she say about the Indian government?
  • Anita says that neither the Japanese nor the Indian government wants to make the first move. "We'll have to see what Mr Modi will say: okay go ahead, or he might also say no."
  • She further said until they see an advantage, politicians don't take decisions. "It would be helpful if the Indian government, after dilly-dallying all these years, took a clear stand."

  • What is Indian government's view?
    Indian government
  • In an RTI reply enquiring about Netaji's death in June 2017, home ministry said "After considering the reports of Shahnawaz Committee, Justice G D Khosla Commission and Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry, the government concludes that Netaji died in the 1945 plane crash."
  • Many in Bose family still believe this to be a conspiracy.
  • Thus, Anita's DNA test might lay this story to rest.

  • This post first appeared on NewsBytes: Latest News, Breaking News India, Today News, Current News, please read the originial post: here

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