With the release of 64 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose file made public by the West Bengal government, the pandora box is open seeking more and long-forgotten files about the death of India’s second prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri have come under scrutiny now.
Ironic but in both cases, the prime defence not to make the files public was the erstwhile USSR or Soviet Union. Since the former Soviet Union is no longer there, historians are aggressive in their demand for making these files public though apprehensions about intelligence units are prevailing upon such a bold decision by the government.
Sahstri’s on Anil Shastri has opened out finally last weekend to demand the government make these documents open since the circumstantial evidence shows that Shastri’s death was not merely a heart attack during the sleep but there is more to it. He revealed that his father Lal Bahadur Shastri’s face turned blue and it had white spots on the forehead.
While face turning blue indicate poisonous effect on the body, white spots on the face could be due to any reason including exposure to cold weather in Tashkent, where Lal Bahadur Shastri went to sign Ceasefire Pact with Pakistan, with the Soviet Union premier Alexei Kosygin playing the mediator’s role.
The circumstantial evidence shows that there was no identified beneficiary immediately after the death of Shastri who was emerging as stronger and powerful as his predecessor Jawaharlal Nehru. In fact, he moved closer to the Soviet Union and there was no pointer in history about the vested interests involved either.
Otherwise, the demand of Anil Shastri is likely to storm the country and the social media again.