Drama on Netaji’s Death: Pertaining to Documents, films and voice recordings of Netaji
Analysis of MEA file C/551/9/69/JP pertaining to Documents, films and voice recordings of Netaji
By (Sen Joseph’s Analysis)
This is one is the second of the new lot of 50 files and it is having 30 pages. A very interesting factor dealt.
Netaji’s activities abroad were always a matter of envy for the other national leaders who were never able to match him in his revolutionary and Militant anti imperialist anti colonial struggle. Members of Parliament of all Political Parties were full of admiration for the hero that the Govt had to do certain history collection or archival work in late 1960s to quench them.
The firebrand MPs led by Samar Guha had been causing headache for Indira Gandhi that some work of collection with regard to films, documents, voice records etc were done out of pressure.
File opened in 1969 but the hand written note in the beginning show that the records were well set in 1985 and were mentioned to be preserved till 1990.
1.Y.R.Dhawan of EA Division noted on 23/06/1969 that before proceeding to procure speeches of Netaji made in foreign countries, let Govt (I and B Ministry) approach Netaji Research Bureau to get aid in the availability of the same in the mentioned foreign countries ( E.Germany, W.Germany, Italy, U.K and Japan)
2.T.Cherpot of EA Div, reported on 31/03/1970 that NRB has informed that MEA can approach the foreign office archives of the mentioned foreign countries, I and B Ministry answered a Parliament question that efforts are being made to contact the foreign Govts via our missions in London, Washington, Bonn, east Berlin to ascertain the availability of materials on Netaji for preservation
3.East Asia Division note signed by T.Cherpot dated 18/04/1970 that enquiry is being made whether any DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENT or ANY OTHER RECORD is available in Japan with regard to the TRANSFER OF ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS TO AZAD HIND GOVERNMENT IN 1943
4.J.D.Jain , Under Secretary, MEA dated 12/05/1969 reported that a reply given by Govt to Unstarred question in Lok Sabha dated 08/05/1970 , No.870, that voice recordings of Netaji are available with ALL INDIA RADIO and they were received largely from Japan. Let MEA make efforts to find out whether any more material is available with foreign countries. ( MAY BE TASHKENT RADIO BROADCAST by MOSCOW RADIO was a question in mind of the Govt in 1969-70 period as Samar Guha had asked in Lok Sabha then, about a radio broadcast allegedly made by One SUBHAS CHANDRA in Jan 1967 from Radio Moscow on World Politics after World War, Tashkent agreement signed a year back, the matter was reported by a journal in March 1967)
5.Extract of debate in Lok Sabha on 22/08/1969 on a unstarred question asked by Samar Guha on 25/07/1969, No.984, on Netaji Museum in Delhi.
Establishment of a Netaji Museum was one among the major suggestions raized by Samar Guha in his letter dated, 13/05/1968 to then Education Minister, Dr.Triguna Sen in connection with the Silver jubilee celebrations of Azad Hind Government, which fell on 21/10/1968.
6.Hindustan Standard report dated 26/03/1970 titled, ” MOVE FOR NETAJI PLAQUE IN RUSSIA”
Another report dated 27/03/1970 tilted ” PROBE INTO BURNING OF NETAJI FILMS ASSURED ”
7.Unstarred question in Lok Sabha, No:4006 to be answered on 25/03/1970 about bringing materials on Netaji’s activities from foreign countries to India, raized by Samar Guha, answered by the ten deputy EAM, Shri.Surendra Pal Singh that efforts are being made.
8.Note Verbale issued on 06/05/1970 by Indian Embassy to Govt of Japan dated 06/05/1970 ( TOK 557/SS/70) requesting for the mentioned DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS or RECORDS with regard to the TRANSFER of ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS TO THE GOVERNMENT OF NETAJI IN WAR PERIOD.
Embassy sent a report dated 03/06/1970 to MEA, Delhi enclosing the reply of the Govt of Japan in both Japanese and English dated 26/05/1970 that they have only one document to share and they are enclosing the same,
SPEECH OF GENERAL:H.TOJO, WAR TIME PM OF JAPAN AT THE GREATER EAST ASIA CONFERENCE ON 05/11/1943 WHEN HE ANNOUNCED HIS GOVT’S DECISION TO TRANSFER THE ISLANDS TO NETAJI’S GOVERNMENT AS A FIRST STEP TOWARDS INDEPENDENCE OF INDIA.
The speech, it’s English translation enclosed
THE EFFORTS OF MPs led by SAMAR GUHA FORCED GOI TO MAINTAIN RECORDS WITH RESPECT TO NETAJI’S WORK OVERSEAS WHICH NONE OF THE OTHER INDIAN NATIONAL LEADERS HAVE DONE.
JAPAN RESPONDED WITH THE WAR TIME PM’s ANNOUNCEMENT IN NOV 1943 AND THAT SHOWS THE RESPECT THAT NETAJI COMMANDED IN FOREIGN LAND