The BJP government is now telling Indians that the Nehru government spied on the kin of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, a freedom struggle hero who is said to have visited Germany to seek the support of Adolph Hitler in an effort to kick out the British from the country. I have no reason to doubt that.
What is relevant is why the Nehru government ordered the spying, not why the subsequent governments did not release the papers.
Unfortunately, BJP sidekicks are trying to sidestep the issue in an effort to corner the Congress. If they are a nationalist party, as they ad nauseum proclaim, let the BJP do what is in the interest of the nation, not what will benefit the party.
The BJP has the right to release the files, so let them go ahead and make them public.
Shameful: Trying to extract political mileage by releasing selective information on an issue relating to a revered national hero is shameful. Perhaps people like Gen Bakshi are eyeing the Presidency, so they are sucking up to the BJP by taking a blatant and silly pro-Modi line.
It is worth recalling that Netaji’s approach to the country’s freedom struggle was diametrically opposite to that of Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent movement.
He also visited Japan in an effort to team up with them. The Japan of that time was a brutal force that took delight in torturing, raping and enslaving people. They are notorious for war crimes that they have since apologised for.
Their brutalities, nonetheless, can never be forgotten or erased from history. Netaji’s mission also brought him to Singapore where a memorial for the late Indian National Army leader still exists.
G Joslin Vethakumar