Sunday, November 9, 2014

India's Biggest Cover up by Anuj Dhar

Japan had been defeated by the Allied Powers and the INA was defeated along with them. All hopes of Independence of India through an armed struggle were dead. Japan surrendered to British on 15 August, 1945. was it a mere coincidence that India was granted independence on Aug 15, 1947?

On Aug 18, 1945, Subash Chandra Bose, former president of the CWC and the head of the INA died in a plane crash in Taipei while he was on his way to Tokyo to negotiate a separate surrender for the INA to the Allies.

This is what all of us have read in NCERT text books, but things are not always what they seem. Anuj Dhar claims that Bose or Netaji as he was lovingly called by his followers, did not die in the plane crash, and it was all a conspiracy hatched by Netaji and some of his closest followers.

I'm a total skeptic when it comes to conspiracy theories, the evidence and the arguments put forward by Mr Dhar have convinced me that there was some cover up, something happened on the fateful day of Aug-18 1945 that we are still struggling to comprehend.

Buried in the Government archives, is the key to this secret. The govt has classified files on Bose's fate which only past Prime Ministers and top govt officials have been privy to, as per the government these files can't be disclosed to the general public because these records if leaked to the public can cause a law and order situation, thus these vital clues to Netaji's fate remain reticent and don't come under the ambit of the RTI.

There has been three official inquiries which the govt ordered, two by Congress governments and one by BJP. Shah Nawaz and Khosla inquiries concluded that Netaji did die in the plane crash where as the Mukherjee commission concluded that he did not. Congress did not of course want a rival for Nehru and his dynasty which prevails till this day.

The author dissects the Shah Nawaz and Khosla commissions, going into great details about how the commissions were biased and prejudiced. They set out to prove that Netaji did indeed die in the crash and their inquiry went into the same direction, where as Justice Mukherjee did a fair and unbiased investigation.

I will try and put forward some unanswered questions about Netaji's death:

  1.   There is no photographic evidence of his dead body
  2.    There is no cremation record for SC Bose, as opposed to cremation records found of other      people on same dates
  3. Why did the Japanese change his plane at the last minute? he was supposed to travel in a charted plane with the rest of the crew but was later accommodated to travel in another flight where only two seats were available
  4. Why can't the govt provide sufficient evidence to prove that ashes kept in the Renkoji temple are of SC Bose?
  5. It is now clear that Netaji was not going to Tokyo to surrender but to go underground in the Soviet Union so as to prevent the Britishers and Americans from catching and putting him on trial for being a war criminal, did he stage his death and escape to Soviet Union.
  6. Who was Bhagwanji? why does his handwriting match with SC Bose, how come so many greats of the INA were his followers?
The author also tackles different conspiracy theories from Bose orchestrating the '71 war, to still being alive at 117. 

The author throws so many documents and records in your face, that the reader becomes stupefied with all this data, This book is an excellent piece of Investigative Journalism, a mystery,and a lesson in history.

This is a must read for anyone who likes mysteries and history.

4 Stars.


  1. Rishi, this book has long been on my wishlist and I even borrowed it from a library this year but returned it without reading it. Reason : I didn't want to become too depressed. I have never believed in Netaji's death in the aircrash and the more I read about it, the more I am convinced that something sinister occurred. Don't they say that President Radhakrishnan did meet him in a Russian jail?

    And that Bhagwan ji angle (that I did read albeit in a haphazard manner) is mystifying.

    I must gather up courage to read this book.

    1. hi neer,

      you must read it. its like a historical mystery. There is no mention of Dr Radhakrishan meeting him in jail as far as I remember. Its mind blowing so different.

    2. Dr. Radhakrishnan on his visit to Russia was asked whether he wanted to meet Netaji but was also told not to talk to him. When Dr. Radhakrishnan asked what was he to do if Netaji spoke to him, the reply that he received was chilling: We have already ensured that that doesn't happen.

      I don't know how true this is, having read it only once in a newspaper trying to solve the mystery of Netaji's disappearance.

    3. That's Scary indeed! did you know Modi on his visit to Japan did not visit the Renkoji temple, what does that mean? he has read the file and knows those are not Netaji's ashes.

  2. On a different tangent altogether, there is a poll being conducted about top 10 books of J.D. Carr. Since you have read a lot of him, why don't you participate too. Here's the link:


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