Subhash Chandra Bose: The Man and His Mysteries

Subhash Chandra Bose
Written by Jessee R

Subhash Chandra Bose is one the most recognizable faces of the Indian Freedom Movement. He gave India the Azad Hind Fauj, whose principles and foundations helped create the military might of the nation in modern times. He is popularly hailed as Neta Ji, meaning a senior most leader.

Basically, Subhash Chandra Bose was an Indian nationalist. His attempts to free India from the British Rule during World War II with the help of Nazi Germany and Japan led to decades of future conspiracies and mysteries surrounding his own mysterious death and disappearance. He became the Congress President in 1938 and 1939 but was later ousted from the position due to his differences with Mahatma Gandhi. He was placed under house arrest before he escaped from India in 1940.

Later on, when his army stood crushed in the war zones of the Pacific Ocean, Bose made a turn towards Soviet Union, speculating to benefit from the anti-British sentiment but supposedly died from third degree burns in a fatal plane crash in Taiwan.

However, many today believe that there was no plane crash and the legendary and charismatic leader is still out there waiting to show up when India needs him!

With Prime Minister Modi announcing on 14th October 2016 that the Government will declassify the documents related to Subhash Chandra Bose starting from 23rd January 2016, the life and associated mysteries surrounding the charismatic revolutionary have drawn much attention. The major hustle lies around his death.

Here are some controversial reports on Neta Ji’s death that you should go through.

#1 An unusual last flight

According to Japanese officials and the British who corroborated their story later, Subhash Chandra Bose flew out of modern day Taiwan on 18th August 1945. The plane crashed, he was badly burnt and died a few hours later in a local hospital. His body was cremated within two days. His ashes supposedly rest in the Renkoji Temple in Tokyo to this day. But many have claimed that there is no evidence of such a course of events. For instance, Vir Sanghvi pointed out many anomalies in Neta Ji’s final flight.

Renkoji Temple - Subhash Chandra Bose

Renkoji Temple – Subhash Chandra Bose

Bose’s Lieutenants, who accompanied him everywhere, were not aboard the flight. No photographs were taken off the crash event or in the hospital and there wasn’t even a death certificate produced. Therefore, many argue that the Japanese faked his death to allow his escape from the British advance. The truth, however still remains shrouded.

#2 The Legend of the Sadhu

Many reports which surfaced after Neta Ji’s disappearance in 1945 claimed that he had returned to India and lived in disguise as a Sadhu, somewhere in North India.

Subhash Bose and Gumnami Baba

Subhash Bose and Gumnami Baba – Yet Another Mystery?

Some enthusiasts also claim that this Sadhu was present at Jawaharlal Nehru’s funeral, but none of these have ever been substantiated. The Mukherjee Commission (1999-2005), led by Supreme Court judge MK Mukherjee also explored the possibility of Subhash Chandra Bose living as Gumnami Baba or Bhagwan Ji, a hermit, somewhere in Uttar Pradesh. The commission drew a lot of fire and was rejected by the government.

#3 The CIA’s staunch belief in Bose’s Survival

There are reports which suggest that CIA believed Subhash Chandra Bose was alive. These reports date back to 1964. Declassified documents showed that the CIA was told of Bose surviving the 1945 plane crash. The CIA document came out and said:

There now exists a strong possibility that Bose is leading a religious group undermining the current Nehru government.

The reports mentioned a CIA agent who wrote to the US secretary in May 1946 that he had been told that Bose’s return would mean a lot of chaos and that is why it was not possible at the moment.

#4 PMO’s consistent refusal to share the Files

Although PM Modi made the historic announcement yesterday, the PM office has earlier always refrained from letting the public in on documents relating to the death of Subhash Chandra Bose. Last year, the NDA government refused the request filed by activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal, under the RTI act, to declassify these documents.

Were they trying to hide something? Will the current PMO reveal each detail when it finally declassifies the documents in January next year or will it compartmentalize some of it? No one can tell.

But the mysteries and folklore surrounding Neta Ji Subhash Chandra Bose will remain a subject of global interest unless the real truth comes to the surface. What do you think?



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Jessee R

An experienced content writer and digital evangelist, Jessee designs and does strategic content planning at SocialVani. Apart from that, he likes to be a rebel and believes strongly in creativity and collaboration.

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