By Sitanshu Das

On August 18, 1945, Subhas Chandra Bose was said to have died in an air accident at Taipei on Formosa Island. On this August 18, Hindustan Times closes the public probe it organised on the Internet into the unanswered doubts about how the Indian leader's life ended.

As we close the debate, we are forced to conclude that on present evidence it would seem improbable that Bose died on August 18, 1945, from burns he was said to have received in the air accident at Taihoku airport.

The public probe was, to the best of our knowledge, an unprecedented endeavour anywhere. It was made possible by the power of space communication. The sponsors (Hindustan Times) of this investigation by Internet was on an unexplored area, and they were conscious of its pioneering limitations....contd
The findings of the first-ever public probe on Internet are before us. Besides indictating that Subhas Bose did not die in the air crash on August 18, 1945, they also throw up pointers to the conspiracies that dogged the great leader during the dying days of World War II.
'Crash was faked, Subhas lived on'
Emilie Schenkl-Bose believed the air crash was 'fabricated' and her husband Subhas Bose lived on in the USSR. Strange as it may seem, Indian governments never really supported any probe to establish what happened to him.    ...Details
Bose was at Stalin's mercy in 1946
Subhas Bose was present in the erstwhile Soviet Union in 1946! The proof lies in the high-security Paddolsk Military Archive, situated 40 km from Moscow.    ...Details
'US sleuths tailed Bose till Russia'
Two of the Indian National Army (INA) greats Col Lakshmi Sehgal and Col Habibur Rehman had information on Subhas Bose's activities in August and September of 1945, but concealed it from the world.    ...Details
Subhas alive for Britain in 1946
For one full year after the reported death of Subhas Bose on August 18, 1945 in an air crash, the British were still discussing ways of dealing with him. Lord Wavell recorded in his diary: "If Subhas Bose had planned to go underground, the crash story is just the kind of story that would be put out."   ...Details
CIA tracks Subhas Bose till 1964
Declassified documents show that even in 1964, at the level of US Secretary of State, the CIA had reservations about Subhas Bose's death and was mulling over the possibility that Bose might return to his homeland.   ...Details
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Union Home Secretary
Col. Lakshmi Sehgal
Dr Purabi Roy
First known statements
Crash was fake: Bose's wife
Habib's theory challenged
'I saw Bose in Quetta'
Probe panel reports
Shah Nawaz Khan
G D Khosla
Life & Times
Snapshots of Subhas Chandra Bose from his boy scout days to his coronation as Congress president and after
Indian National Army
Photograhs of the gallant men of the Azad Hind Fauz as they lined up to salute their commander during a parade
The Air Crash
Rare photos taken from Harin Shah's camera of the air-crash at Taipei and cremation (supposedly of Bose's body). Harin Shah was a scribe who visited Taipei in 1946
Plot of Death
Nanmon Hospital doctor had just been told that a plane carrying Subhas Bose had crashed
Deal with Bose
British archive shows that Viceroy Wavell and senior British officials did not want Bose brought to India
Shah Nawaz Report
It was Shah Nawaz Khan who inked Bose's death certificate. Khan was a major general in the Indian National Army
G D Khosla Report
Justice Khosla was heading three other commissions when he took over as head of Netaji probe panel
Telltale Foreign Files
Mukherjee Commission
Scanned images of Hindustan Times news clippings relating to Subhas Bose's life and times
Hindustan Times news clippings depicting the phase when Indian government conducted probes into his disappearance
Hindustan Times archives with all the details about this phase when demands for fresh inquiry into Subhas Chandra Bose's disappearances intensified
India in World War II
As the world hurtled towards another war, Cong president Subhas Bose pressed for self-government for India
INA in East Asia
Japan's aim in 1941 was to enlist the Indian communities' support for its war efforts against the colonial powers
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