The Narendra Modi government has decided that they will declassify the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose files in the possession of the Centre from January 23, 2016, the birth anniversary of the freedom fighter.
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announcing his government’s decision to declassify documents, Bose’s daughter Anita Bose Pfaff has welcomed the decision.
Process of declassification of files relating to Netaji will begin on 23rd January 2016, Subhas Bose’s birth anniversary, Mr Modi tweeted. We also request foreign countries to declassify files on Netaji available with them. Shall begin this with Russia in December.
The hour-long interaction saw Netaji’s family members requesting for declassification of the files relating to him that are available with the Centre.
After the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal recently declassified 64 files related to Netaji, the Centre has been under pressure to do the same with the 41 files in its possession.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s daughter Anita Bose Pfaff welcomed the PM’s decision to declassify files related to her father and said these files are not a family matter but in the larger public interest.
Anita, who is based in Germany, said she expected the files to reveal “a wide range of information — from smaller insignificant facts of interest to some rather surprising facts”.
She further added that “maybe it will also shed new light on some actions of historical persons which will make them appear less than gracious. This would explain why the files were not declassified earlier…”.
Although she was invited by nephew Krishna Bose, she is involved in coordinating volunteer refugee relief work in Germany. She said the PM has already given her an appointment during her next visit to India, where she will “thank him for his decision”.
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