Sunday, August 28, 2005
Air crash on August 18, 1945 - Fact or Fiction ?
An incomplete biography of a former INA recruiting officer, Dr V J Dhanan alleges that Netaji Subhas Chadra Bose's death in a plane crash in 1945 was fabricated by Japanese government to help Bose remain safe in-exile. And this fact was known to Jawaharlal Nehru and the then Congress Government.

According to him, then Congress government, only to push the truth under the carpet, constituted both Shah Nawaz Commission (during Nehrus period) and G D Khosla Commission (during Indiras period) to probe Netajis disappearance
. Both the commissions conveniently confirmed Netajis death in an air-crash.

Netaji would never have been safe in Independent India and that was why he chose to escape to Russia, Dhanan felt. He further adds the Nehrus anger towards the Russians for helping Bose was clearly evident in his letter to Lord Atlee (then Prime Minister of Britain).

The letter, which was carried in August 1979 issue of the Mirror, read, 'I understand from a reliable source that Subhas Chandra Bose, your war criminal, has been allowed to enter Russian territory by Stalin. This is a clear treachery and betrayal of faith by the Russians. As Russia has been an ally of the British-Americans, it should not have been done. Please take note of it and do what you consider proper and fit. Yours sincerely, Jawaharlal Nehru.'

According to Dhanan, the earlier official reports claiming that Bose died in a Japanese air crash in Taiwan in August 1945 and his cremated remains that were sent to Japan, were all creations of the then Japanese government to help Bose remain safe in-exile.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

Dhanans accounts could be correct, since the Taiwan authorities have all along denied the plane crash incident in 1945, saying there was no record of an air crash at the time. Which means that the myth of Netajis return to India from the Soviet Union after the Second World War and living in his homeland under the guise of Hindu monk and dieing eventually in 1985 on all account could be TRUE.

Whether Dr. V J Dhanan's biography will help fill in the gaps to unravel the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Or will it be considered irrelevant by Justice Manoj Kumar Mukherjee Commission, would be interesting to see.
posted at 8/28/2005 01:01:00 PM | comments (4) | permalink


  1. Amazing if true. Or it could just be a conspiracy theory. It take a lot to keep something of this magnitude hiddem.
     — Blogger raven, at 8/28/2005 11:23:00 PM 

  2. You are correct...just imagine keeping it all under wraps for so many years..and from the entire world. The number of people many governments..officials and above all TOP RESPECTED LEADERS of that era.
     — Blogger Sakshi, at 8/28/2005 11:29:00 PM 

  3. Here is another netaji controversey i blogged about. There was a big discussion on Sepia Mutiny after that.
     — Anonymous arZan, at 8/29/2005 10:10:00 PM 

  4. Sakshi, you need to correct yr CSS template in the comments. All Links appear white and are missed out.
     — Anonymous arZan, at 8/29/2005 10:11:00 PM 

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