Report9 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with the family members of prominent freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose at his official residence 7, Race Course Road (RCR) in the national capital on Wednesday.
The family members are contemplated to solicit declassification of all the files in relevance to Netaji’s mysterious receding from view 70 years ago.
The Prime Minister in his monthly radio programme, Mann Ki Baat on September 20, had annunciated that he would be hosting Netaji’s folks at his residence in October. “Over 50 members of Subhas babu’s family, from various countries, will be coming… I am happy to welcome them,” PM Modi had said.
Besides, the Prime Minister also tweeted that it would be a very special day and described the event as an “honour” for him.
Describing it as an epoch-making happening for him, he had said that it would perhaps be the first time that the family members of Netaji would be together visiting the Prime Minister’s residence.
“But the bigger happiness is for me as nobody in the Prime Minister’s residence would have got such a chance earlier as I will be getting in October,” he said.
Recalling his meeting with some members of the family in Kolkata in May, PM Modi had said, “I got an opportunity to spend some time with them. That day it was decided that the family of Subhas babu will visit the Prime Minister’s residence… Last week, I got confirmation that over 50 members of Subhas babu are coming to visit the Prime Minister’s residence.”
The family members are expected to seek official dissemination of Netaji’s files in possession of the Centre. The West Bengal government has already released 64 such files.
Bose’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose has said that his family will appeal to PM Modi to write to countries including Russia, Japan, China, America, UK, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia to declassify all Netaji files lying with them.
“Netaji was in touch with people in all these countries. They all have classified files relating to him. We want to take this movement of declassification to the global level to get all the clues,” he had said.
“Our main focus, however, would be on declassification of all Netaji files held by the government of India. If we do not have our own files declassified, then how can we ask other nations to do it?” Abhijit Ray, Netaji’s another grand-nephew, had said.