The most respected freedom fighter of India, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, would have turned 118 today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tribute to the leader on Friday.
On his micro blogging site, the PM has tweeted, “His bravery, courage and patriotic zeal inspire us. On his birth anniversary, I bow to the proud son of India, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.”
He added, “Subhas Babu’s organisation and leadership skills were exceptional. He was a phenomenal personality, for whom the good of the Nation was paramount.”
Meanwhile, as per reports from IANS, some family members of Netaji on Thursday expressed apprehension that they might be under surveillance by the central government and demanded the declassification of secret files on the nationalist leader.
There have been controversies over the mysterious death of Netaji. Amid, claiming that declassified documents prove that the then Jawahar Lal Nehru government had ordered snooping on Netaji’s nephew Amiya Nath Bose, the family members wondered if the government considered them “terrorists”.
One of the family members Chandra Kumar Bose reportedly said, “Documents from the home ministry detail how Amiya Nath Bose and his younger brother Sisir Bose were snooped on for more than two decades by sleuths of the state intelligence branch. We have reason to believe that Netaji’s kin continue to be under surveillance.”
Adding, he said that surveillance is done on those who are terrorists or severe criminals. He has also asked, “Does the government thinks the Bose family members are terrorists?” We also want to question the NDA government that is it too following the footsteps of their predecessors (Congress) and continues snooping on us?”
Bose has also mentioned that they suspect that their phones might be tapped or mails might be intercepted though there is no substantial evidence to prove that.
Bose is the convener of the Open Platform, a forum comprising a host of Netaji’s descendants and researchers seeking declassification of the secret files.
According to IANS, addressing the occasion, former Supreme Court judge A.K. Ganguly asked to bring the secret files and said, “By spying on Amiya Nath Bose, the government had dishonoured the country and the great man who was a distinguished lawyer and a diplomat. It is therefore imperative that all documents relating to Netaji are declassified so that people know the entire truth about Netaji.”