Declassifying files will put to rest speculations: Netaji’s daughter

  • PTI, Kolkata
  • Updated: Oct 15, 2015 11:12 IST
File photo of  Anita Bose Pfaff, daughter of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. (File photo)

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s daughter Anita Bose Pfaff has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on declassifying Netaji files, saying it would put to rest speculations on her father’s mysterious disappearance in 1945.

“I am very happy that the Prime Minister has finally agreed that so far closed files on my father would be declassified. It was indeed very gratifying that he received many members of our family for that occasion,” Pfaff told PTI from Berlin on Wednesday.

“A study of the files will hopefully give us insights into some of the historically interesting developments of decades ago and put to rest some of the varied speculations,” she said.

Asked whether she expects something startling to come out from the secret files, she said the revelations may contradict earlier known life and times of the freedom fighter.

“I do not know what is there is those files. But it would be interesting to see if it contradicts Netaji’s life as we knew so far,” she said.

On whether she believes in the air crash theory, Pfaff said, “So far I never had any reason not to believe it. It is the most likeliest, consistent theory. It has been documented and is fairly convincing. I do not know whether the files will contradict that.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that the process of declassifying secret government files on Netaji will begin on January 23, 2016, after meeting the freedom fighter’s family members.

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