Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bose's files

Dear Editor, It refers to Prime Minister's Office (PMO) refusing to disclose files relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose as being secret and confidential. Reason cited by PMO that disclosure may adversely affect relations of India with other foreign countries creates doubt that United Kingdom might have imposed some condition for not making these files public. Documents made available by Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirm supremacy of British crown amongst Commonwealth Group of Nations of which India is a member. Prime Minister's clarification that martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh does not need any official recognition cannot in any way dilute demand for declaring pre-independence martyrs including Rajguru, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and other such great martyrs given important official recognition to these heroes having martyred themselves for country's independence. It is an irony that the person having witnessed against Shaheed Bhagat Singh before British judges was honoured with Padmashree by Indian government! Are we still slaves of British that Indian government accepting British crown's supremacy in Commonwealth Group of nations cannot reveal truth about its pre-independence heroes and give them their deserving honour? India should resign from Commonwealth Group of nations if Britain's supremacy and exclusive status is not abolished. Files relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose should be made public and pre-independence martyrs should be officially recognised. National honours to persons having witnessed against pre-independence national heroes should be taken back. —Subhash Chandra Agrawal, 1775 Kucha Lattushah Dariba, Chandni Chowk Delhi.

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