A guide to state secrecy surrounding Subhas Chandra Bose

Author: Anuj Dhar

8th May, 2013: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose secured our freedom but in the last 6 decades our Government seems to have confined him to hidden vaults, where thousands of secret records about him have piled up.

It will shock you to know how many ministries and departments in New Delhi are holding secret records relating to Netaji. Not only there are classified files with the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Secretariat and Intelligence Bureau, but also -- for some inexplicable reasons--with National Museum, Ministry of Urban Development, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Department of Food & Public Distribution.

Can you think of any pre-Independence national icon of ours about whom so much of classified material has been retained up to now? This 23rd January seems just the time to tell our Government that its obsession about keeping everything secret about one of the greatest Indians ever must end. Transparency will only do good to our democracy.

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