Monday, March 17, 2014

Indo-Japanese group appeals to bring back remains of Netaji

A group of activists from India and Japan made an appeal to the President and Prime Minister to bring back the remains of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose from Tokyo to his home land. "We request to bring back the ashes of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, which are safely kept in Renkoji temple in Tokyo, to the motherland India," said the activists. The group, named as 'Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Memorial Indo Japan Foundation', has also submitted representations to the PM and the President setting a deadline till August 18, the death anniversary of 'Netaji' this year. "We want to bring back the ashes before the 68th death anniversary of Netaji," the foundation's president B S Deshmukh told reporters here. "We have given representation to various political leaders including BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi," Deshmukh, an RSS associate, said. "Narendra Modi is the only leader who can bring the ashes of Netaji back," he said. When asked if it was proved that the remains lying in Japan temple were that of Bose, he said, "It is not clear but we believe that those are the remains of Netaji." He also said that several Indian leaders had visited the temple in the past but they did not make efforts to get back the remains. "India is not sensitive towards Netaji, while Japanese government has made several memorials in the name of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in world war- II," said Kazuo Kaneko, chairman of the foundation. "We have been making efforts for the last four years to return the remains of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose," he said.

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