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Netaji's ashes had come to India: Nehru's office

An RTI application seeking response to a letter from India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru stating that ashes of Bose was received has put the Ministry of External Affairs in a quandary, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Jul 28, 2007 22:14 IST
Chetan Chauhan

An RTI application seeking response to a letter from India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru stating that ashes of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was received has put the Ministry of External Affairs in a quandary.

The Central Information Commission, in its recent order, found the new evidence enough to open up an altogether new line of inquiry.

Anuj Dhar, a journalist and an ardent researcher into the disappearance of Netaji, had recalled a note written dated December 2, 1954, by MO Mathai, private secretary to Nehru stating that a small amount of Rs 200 was received by the then Minister of External Affairs from Indian embassy in Tokyo along with the ashes and other remains of the late Subhash Chandra Bose. The money is being kept in the External Affairs ministry, the note, written by Mathai to then Joint Secretary, Administration Prem Krishen, said.

The note formed basis of Dhar's RTI application with the External Affairs ministry. He sought to know whether ashes of Bose were disposed off after being received by then External Affairs Minister, presumably by then Prime Miniter Nehru. He also wanted to know whether Bose's family and public were informed about the receipt of the ashes. Dhar also asked about the present whereabouts of his ashes or whether they were sent back to Japan.

The ministry had no specific replies to Dhar's questions. Instead, it said that the ministry has no records with them on the matter and therefore, they cannot proceed further with the RTI application. The ministry reiterated that it was a common knowledge today that the ashes and the remains of Netaji Bose are in the Renkoki Temple in Tokyo, while stating that a detailed response on his ashes was submitted with Justice Mukerjee Commission of Inquiry in November 2005. The inquiry committee submitted its report to Parliament last year.

To this, the Information Commissioner OP Kejriwal observed that "one can hope that some serious researcher will look into one of the greatest mystery of modern India" and will arrive at a definite conclusion.

The new revelation also surprised the Commission, which said, "one look at the note emanating from PM's secretariat would seem to open up an altogether new line of inquiry with the implication that Netaji ashes and other remains were brought back to the country by the late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru". And, said, the "mystery deepens".