Recollections and reflections

Reminiscences, Rafi Ahmad Kidwai

I first came in contact with Subhas Bose in 1923 at Delhi when the Congress was divided into two groups over the question of what was known as 'Council Entry.'...Subhas Babu, as the favourite lieutenant of Deshabandhu, was playing a prominent part in the controversy. more>>

RTI Related Information

In the days of the Raj, Bose was considered enemy number one of the British Empire. The British Indian Government spared no effort to suppress information on his activities. Even the story of INA remained unknown to his countryment till the Red Fort trials. The Government of free India seems to work hard to keep alive the tradition. But, for what reason?. Ask for information on Bose, and you face a wall. Below, we present some gems from the replies the Government gave to Mission Netaji's applications under the Right to Information Act.

"The...documents (seen by Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry) are sensitive in nature, the public disclosure of which may lead to a serious law and order problem in the country, especially in West Bengal."
-- Ministry of Home Affairs, in a confidential letter to Central Information Commission, March 2007

"It is the considered view of this Ministry not to supply the documents relating to various Commissions of Inquiry on disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in public interest..."
-- Ministry of Home Affairs, in a confidential letter to Central Information Commission, March 2007

"...copies of correspondence (on Bose, between Government of India and the Soviet Government) cannot be disclosed as it involves the relations with foreign State ..."
-- Ministry of External Affairs to Mission Netaji, August 2006

"It may be added here that the publication of this History (Draft History of the Indian National Army) by the History Division being a priced publication would earn some revenue for the Govt. In the event, the manuscript goes in private hands it may prove detrimental to our ultimate publishing of the History. Under the section 8 (1) (a) of the Right to Information Act 2005, the copy of the manuscript of the History of INA cannot be provided to Sh. Ghose on the grounds that it hamper the economic interest of the State."
-- History Division, Ministry of Defence July 2010

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