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PM Modi assures Bose family that he will declassify files on Netaji
Yesterday evening around 35 members of the family of Subhash Chandra Bose met PM Modi at his official residence 7, RCR in New Delhi to request him to declassify all files on Netaji lying with the centre. PM Narendra Modi did not disappoint them and said that he sees "no reason to strangle history" and "those nations who forget history also lose the power to create it".

This move by the centre comes almost a month after the Mamata Banrjee government of West Bengal declassified 64 files on Netaji in its possession. The Prime Minister also provided a time schedule by saying that the declassification shall begin from January 23, next year, which also happens the birthday of Netaji.

If speculations hold true, this declassification could spill a can of beans and prove to be a major embarrassment to the Congress for keeping the mysterious disappearance of Netaji under wraps. These revelations could also seriously dent the image of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister.

Congress however has already said that it has nothing to fear and the government should take its own call on the declassification of files on Netaji.

Interestingly, the PMO had earlier refused to declassify these files in an RTI reply to Subhash Chandra Aggarwal by saying that these files were exempt from disclosure under section 8(1) (a) of RTI Act.

In an hour long meeting with Bose family members, PM Modi assured them that he will write to other countries like UK and Russia to declassify all files on Netaji lying with them. He also said that he shall take up the issue with foreign leaders during meetings, beginning in Russia in December. UK being the ruling colonial power during that era, has the maximum files available on Netaji.

It is however not clear whether all files on Netaji will be declassified by the PMO. As per an RTI enquiry, the PMO has 39 top secret files on Netjai, besides a few files in posession of the union home ministry.

A few Bose family members had tears in their eyes when an assurance from the PM came. The family members said that they had waited 70 years to hear this, and it was their Independence day.

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