Writer Anuj Dhar refutes government claim that all files of Netaji have been declassified

New Delhi: Denying the claims that all records and files associated with freedom fighter Netaji Subash Chandra Bose have been declassified, author Anuj Dhar has said that a lie has been told on the floor of the parliament and sought the full disclosure of every single documentation on the Indian National Army (INA) leader.
“It was a complete breach of privilege, lying to the masses like this. Many of Netaji’s files are with Intelligence Bureau (IB),” alleged Mr Dhar, whose best selling investigative insight on Bose’s life — India’s Biggest Cover-up led to the declassification of the Azad Hind Fauj leader’s files and later inspired a web series ‘Bose: Dead/Alive’.
His co-author Chandrachur Ghose, who has worked with Mr Dhar on a 2019 book on a similar subject, titled, ‘Conundrum’ and the recent ‘Government Doesn’t Want You To Know This’, said, “Declassification is a systematic process and it is not down to the matter of whims and fancies of any particular person or political party.”
“Before this process begins, transparency demands that you tell the people the actual number of files. The BJP government never revealed this number. We have been asking this question from 2007-08 (UPA regime) and were told that there are about 30-40 files only. However, in 2015, the BJP government put about 300 files on exhibit. This doesn’t happen overnight. We were clearly given wrong information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Secondly, even in 2015, the government did no audits. They just started the process and ended it just like that,” Mr Ghose added.
By late 2015, the Government of India decided to declassify the files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and make them accessible to public under the stated intent to “preserve and conserve the precious heritage of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose”.
Amid huge speculations regarding the number of files, the Union Minister for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Patel in 2019 reiterated that all records related to the late leader have already been made public and can be accessed at NetajiPaper
The minister also said the National Archives of India was the custodian of all declassified files and records of the government of India.
Recently the Centre has decided to celebrate Netaji Subash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary on January 23 as ‘Parakram Diwas’ annually.

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