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"Vicious disinformation" campaign surrounding Bose's death confuses people: author

Press Trust of India  |  Dubai 

A "vicious disinformation" campaign surrounding the death of Netaji Chandra has left people "confused", and grandnephew of the Indian has said.

Speaking to PTI on the sidelines of the Emirates Festival of Literature here, journalist and of the book 'Laid To Rest: the controversy over Subhas Chandra Bose's death' said he was up with the massive disinformation campaign mounted by people having vested interests about what had happened to

Asked what prompted him to write the book, Ray said he wanted to "dispel" "one big misconception" that had "died as a result of a plane crash".

"It's a tragedy but the truth," he said.

The nationalist leader, who was among the foremost Independence movement leaders, reportedly died in an air crash at on August 18, 1945. This was not accepted by some members of his family and supporters. Conspiracy theories appeared within hours of his death and have persisted since then.

According to Ray, the reason behind there being no closure in the case begins with Bose's older brother Sarat Bose's premature death.

"Had he lived longer, he would have settled the matter. He was the Thereafter a vicious disinformation campaign over seven decades has confused people," he said.

"I needed to support his only child Anita Bose Pfaff's plea to the to bring her father's mortal remains from where they have been lying now for 73 years to for a final disposal," he said.

Ray conceded that a section of Bose's extended family in was also responsible for putting the on the back foot.

"But now that all government of files pertaining to Bose have been declassified and these have confirmed the truth, there is no reason for Indian authorities not to comply with Pfaff's wishes. She is the only legal and moral authority on the matter," said Ray, who is based in

Born at Cuttack in Odisha in 1897, Bose formed the also known as the Azad Hind Fauj to fight the British.

"The trial of officers of his at the united India as never before (as Jawaharlal Nehru said) or since and triggered mutinies in the British Indian armed forces," Ray said.

"It can also be argued the insecurity of Britons in India caused by the reaction to the trial hastened Indian independence," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 13:30 IST