It’s natural to see the reaction of a descendant of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose who said the former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru should be stripped of the Bharat Ratna in the light of recent spying revelations alleging on family members of the revolutionary leader.
For some strange and mysterious reason, Nehru continued the colonial policy of spying on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose who laid his life for freedom overseas. While the British haunted him wherever he went, Germany or Japan, even Nehru followed the same on Netaji family members for two decades.
If Nehru was convinced that Netaji was killed in an aircrash as reported, then why did he chose to continue snooping on his family members. Why did his intelligence officials intercept Netaji wife’s letters sent to his relatives in Calcutta (Kolkata)?
“Bharat Ratna is a civilian award and the character that Nehru has displayed… he doesn’t deserve the award. The people of this country demand that Nehru’s Bharat Ratna should be stripped. His Bharat Ratna should be taken away,” Chandra Kumar, Netaji’s grand nephew, told IANS.
A researcher, Anuj Dhar, brought to the fore that authorities had spied for two decades on Bose’s close relatives, including his two nephews Sisir Kumar Bose and Amiya Nath Bose, between 1948 and 1968. Nehru was the prime minister for 16 of those 20 years.
There is a wide demand in India to publicise over 150 secret documents but surprisingly both Congress and BJP governments have shown reluctance to make them public.
Recently, the Narendra Modi government has set up an inter-ministerial committee headed by the cabinet secretary to review the Official Secrets Act in the context of such files but not specific to the demand.