For over many decades, there has been a mystery that has surrounded the death of Subhas Chandra Bose. Subhas Chandra Bose represented India in the fight for Independence. His contribution was no less than Gandhi and Nehru.
There are various stories regarding the death of Bose. Some believe that Bose survived the end of the Indian National Army, and fought alongside Japan against the British. But this belief has been challenged by documents and by witnesses over the years.The book Laid to Rest will most probably end all the rumours about Bose’s survival.
On August 18, 1945, Bose died in an airplane crash in Taipei. This was affirmed by documents from Taiwan and Japan, from India, the United Kingdom and from the Russian Federation. During the first few years of India’s independence, Bose was not allowed to die. Several commissions were appointed by the Indian government to study Bose’s death. The cause of Bose’s death was confirmed by Ashis Ray’s book. The most mind boggling question was -“what was the myth behind keeping Bose alive for years in China or the Soviet Union? The answer to this is that it was all done for political purposes in India.
Ashis Ray’s book and his reasoning and explanations solve all the mysteries behind Bose’s death. This book is one of the most credible piece of information because Bose’s daughter Anita Pfaff has written in her foreword that “the only consistent story about Netaji’s demise remains his death in a plane crash on 18 August 1945”.
By: Anuja Arora