is a case for Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose that no Indian can ignore.
Fifty-six years and many inquiries later, India still has no epitaph
for the man who almost brought freedom to its doorstep in 1945. All
because one question remains unanswered: Did Netaji die in an air
crash on August 18, 1945?
In the campaign beginning today, Hindustan Times
opens a public probe into one of the most enduring mysteries
of free India. With the help of the latest technology and the backing
of the media, the public will reach out to officials in various
countries, dig into secret archives, trace private letters and cross-examine
witnesses to throw fiercer light on Netaji's disappearance.
On August 18, the public will
rendezvous online to try and end this mystery, and to thereby, free
India from its curse of 56 years - the curse of ingratitude. The
work is elaborate and the mission is important. Hindustan Times
urges all Indians to come forward and help organise the task at
hand, and to also volunteer any information that their old files
may yield on Netaji.
Needless to say, dark secrets
may spill during the campaign. It is history's mandate and history
will call to account even those leaders it had declared as men of
character... If in so doing, the man on the pedestal falls or an
icon breaks, God help us Indians!