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India's Biggest Cover-up - Bose Mystery Reloaded


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:

  • Takes you through the wartime inquests and their findings that the Japanese version was untrustworthy.
  • Contrasts the Bose issue with the Wallenberg case; demonstrates belatedly taking up the matter with Russia from 1991 onwards does not inspire confidence and dismisses Indian government's secret assessment that it can't ask the Russians about KGB records on Bose.
  • Furnishes legally tenable evidence of foul play. For example, how the Intelligence Bureau in Nehru years doctored a vital document to support the official line.
  • Throws light on the inglorious role played by Pranab Mukherjee, the most formidable proponent of the air crash theory in India today.
  • Relates the story of Netaji's supposed ashes and how the Government secretly started paying for their upkeep in a Japanese temple at the counsel of MEA official KR Narayanan, later the President of India.
  • Recounts the secret tale of the loot of INA treasure by Bose's former aides and a British officer who later became a renowned oriental art expert.
  • Enumerates a number of "conspiracy theories" - like that of an abortive military coup in the 1960s with linkages to "dead" Bose - and implores why they must be contained in India's interest.
  • Explains why Bose's loyal aide Habibur Rahman Khan, who died after serving as the additional defence secretary of Pakistan, could have given out a false story.
  • Revisits the intriguing Chinese angle to the Bose mystery that the researchers have chosen to brush under the carpet.
  • Elucidates how a Harvard University don, a Bose family member with links to the Congress party has falsified facts and distorted perspectives in his much hyped book to back the government line on Subhas's fate.

India's biggest cover-up dwells at length on the curious case of Bhagwanji, a cigar chomping holy man - who called himself "Dead Man", was never seen in public but was believed to be Bose by many of his staunch followers. It explodes the myth that the negative DNA and handwriting tests carried disapproved that Bhagwanji was not Bose. You will now learn about a forensic fraud under the aegis of the Government. The book even tells you of Dead Man's imagination defying claims like he secretly participated in the Vietnam war and assertion that his coming out would spell troubles for India. A picture showing a Netaji lookalike during the armistice talks between the US and Vietnam in Paris has been included in the book to make your jaw drop.

India's biggest cover-up by Anuj Dhar is published by Vitasta Publishing.

The Kindle edition of the book is available from Amazon.

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