I first came in contact with Subhas Bose in 1923 at Delhi when the Congress was divided into two groups over the question of what was known as 'Council Entry.'...Subhas Babu, as the favourite lieutenant of Deshabandhu, was playing a prominent part in the controversy. more>>
If he had not "died" at the close of WWII, Subhas Chandra Bose could have become the leader of free India instead of Jawaharlal Nehru. But die did he really, Bose? For the last six decades, ever since the British disbelieved the Japanese announcement of their ally's death in an air crash in Taipei and an American correspondent saw him alive in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) days afterwards, India's longest-running controversy has been raging almost non-stop.
Was Netaji a victim of political intrigue by the powers that be? Was the Japanese news just a smokescreen for Bose's escape to the USSR? What does one make of his numerous sightings, the talk of his having been declared a war criminal and the surreal claim that he was working behind the scenes right up to the 1980s?
India's Biggest cover-up investigates the "Bose mystery" - a term coined by a wartime British investigator and its stranger than fiction subplots like never before. Relying on official records, archival material, wide-ranging interviews and information obtained under the freedom of information acts from across the world, the book uncovers a systematic obstruction of justice by the Indian establishment in post-Independence period.
Author Anuj Dhar has spent the last one decade in trying to crack the case mainstream researchers and historians have been wary of touching. In the course of his efforts,Dhar obtained information from the Taiwan government ruling out the air crash which had supposedly killed Bose. In a previous book Dhar reached conclusions which were later upheld by a former Supreme Court judge tasked with investigating the matter afresh. In his new book, Dhar piles up freshly unearthed facts and insights further invalidating the air crash theory, supporting the line that Bose escaped towards the former Soviet Union with the Japanese help and pointing up a most interesting "Dead Man" angle.
Augmented by over 200 images of which nearly 90 are of still secret records - India's Biggest cover-up runs you through 1945 to 2012 developments before outlining measures, including declassification of all Bose-related records, to incontestably resolve the mystery. All along, the book:
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