Maybe a big secret can pull off this coming Friday when the West Bengal government will declassify the 64 files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, which are lying with the state’s Home Department and never seen before under public domain.
“A total 64 files are there with us. There may be one or two more files also. After properly reviewing all the files, we have decided to put them in the public domain from next Friday,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee said on Friday.
“We decided to release the files so that everybody can see them. We don’t feel that there is anything related to internal security in the files. Everybody wants to know about what happened to Netaji. He was a brave son of our soil and he was from Bengal,” she said.
The classified documents related to freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, especially linked to his disappearance which have not been made public so far. According to an India Today report, there are 37 secret Netaji files in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Asked if the state would request the Centre to declassify files it has in its possession, Banerjee said, “It is for the Centre to decide, but we want the truth about Netaji to come out.”
The Chief Minister also announced that the record of the freedom struggle from 1937 to 1947 would be digitized in order to preserve history.
Asked whether the file’s documents to be declassified can throw any clue about the alleged snooping on Netaji’s nephew by the central government from 1948 to 1968, Banerjee said, “You have the options. It is better for you to go through the files to get the answers.”
On the other hand in December 2014, the PMO had said in a statement that “The disclosure of documents contained in these files would prejudicially affect relations with foreign countries. As such, these are exempted from disclosure under the RTI Act.”
This whole theory makes us remember a very famous quote by Bose:
“Reality is, after all, too big for our frail understanding to fully comprehend. Nevertheless, we have to build our life on the theory which contains the maximum truth.”