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Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose – A story of Freedom Struggle and his Mysterious Death

“Tum Mujhe Khoon Do, Mai Tumhe Aazaadi Doonga “ was probably the most motivating quote during the freedom struggle said by the great Subhash Chandra Bose himself.

Often known as Netaji, SC Bose was an Indian revolutionary prominent in the independence movement against the British rule of India. He also led an Indian national force from abroad against the Western powers during World War II. He was a contemporary of Gandhi, at times an ally and at other times an adversary. He actively participated in the Non-Cooperation movement started by Gandhi. While Gandhi was a staunch proponent for non-violence, Bose felt that violence was necessary to attain freedom. Bose was known in particular for his militant approach to independence and for his push for socialist policies. He and Nehru joined the more militant, left-wing faction of the Indian National Congress, against the more compromising, right-wing Gandhian faction. He was born to a wealthy family and had at once promised his father that he would appear and try to clear the Indian Civil Services exam. For its preparation, he was sent to London, where he studied and cleared the exam. But soon after, he resigned from the job, realizing that he would be serving the British by being a servant to the country.

He always had a militant approach towards attaining freedom and had also been expelled from the college once because of his nationalist movements which he had carried out in his college.

Bose had been detained many times due to his associations with underground rebel groups and his violent acts. Bose had become increasingly critical of Gandhi and his non-confrontational politics. In 1938, he became the president of the Indian National Congress but had to resign in 1939, due to a lack of Gandhiʼs support. In 1940, he also found out the Forward Bloc to bring together various rebel and radical elements to take forward the freedom struggle. After a year and another detainment, he escaped in disguise to Germany.

Germans assured him their full support in his endeavors and he gained the allegiance of Japan as well. He took a perilous journey back east and reached Japan where he assumed command over 40,000 soldiers recruited from Singapore and other Southeast Asian regions which were occupied by Japan. He called them the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) and entered India through Imphal, Kohima and also took back Andaman and Nicobar Islands from the British.

In a stubborn battle, the mixed Indian and Japanese forces, lacking Japanese air support, were defeated and forced to retreat; the Indian National Army nevertheless for some time succeeded in maintaining its identity as a liberation army, based in Burma and then Indochina. With the defeat of Japan, however, Boseʼs fortunes ended. A few days after, news had come that Subhash Chandra Bose had died.

Death Theory 1 Air Crash: The most prominent theory of his death was that he had died in a plane crash. The plane was bound to reach Taihoku (Today, Taiwan). But, on the way, one of the engines backfired due to which the plane crashed. Bose had been conscious when the plane crashed but was soaked in gasoline. Finding out no way to escape, he had to run through flames and exit from the front. As a result, he became a human torch. He was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to the burns and died. However, most people do not believe in this theory. Due to this, 3 investigation commissions were appointed out of which only 2 agreed in this theory while the third one didnʼt. The third commission had concluded that the Subhash Chandra Bose plane crash theory had no basis as there was no plane crash on August 18, 1945.

Tashkent Agreement: The Tashkent Agreement was a peace treaty between India (Lal Bahadur Shastri) and Pakistan (Gen Ayub Khan) which was signed on 10 January 1966 that resolved India Pakistan War of 1965. A picture from the agreement can be looked below:

A closer look at the photograph shows a man similar to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Surprised much! The question is how?

Did SC Bose accompany Lal Bahadur Shastri to Tashkent? Shastri mysteriously died of a heart attack in Tashkent on January 11, 1966. The former PMʼs grandson, Sanjay Nath Singh, who was nine then, recounted that during a phone conversation barely an hour before he was declared dead, Shastri had said he would disclose something on the return that would make the Opposition forget everything else. Was he talking about Subhash Chandra Bose? Face experts and forensics have claimed that there were noticeable similarities in the facial features in including ears, eyes, forehead, nose, lips, and chin. Various forensics had also confirmed the presence of Netaji in Tashkent, due to which, the PM had also said that he would be talking to Putin about the files of Tashkent and see the truth behind the Tashkent files.

Gumnami Baba: Another angle surrounding the Netaji death mystery has been about a Faizabad based ascetic whom his followers claimed to be Netaji.

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