One inquiry committee and two commissions have so far probed the reported death of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at the Taihoku airport in Formosa (Taipei) on August 18, 1945, appointed at different times by three Indian governments. Their reports were placed in Parliament in 1956, 1974 and 2006, and yet nobody seems to be sure of how the intrepid Indian actually died.
Even more strangely, while the reports of both the Shah Nawaz Committee and the Justice G.D. Khosla (Retd.) Commission—confirming Netaji’s death at Taihoku—were accepted by the government of the day but largely rejected by the people of the country, the government once more found it necessary to have yet another examination of the matter and appointed the Justice M. K. Mukherjee (Retd.) Commission in 1999 for the purpose. Then, something still more puzzling happened. When the third probe body reported its conclusion that Netaji did not die at Taihoku, the government of the day—the first UPA Government—rejected it but did not care to explain why.
The Action Taken Memorandum (ATM) of the government is remarkable for its lack of transparency. It reads: “The government has examined the report submitted by the Commission on November 8, 2005 in detail and (has) not agreed with the findings that Netaji did not die in the plane crash and the ashes in the Renkoji Temple were not of Netaji.”
(The Search for Netaji: New Findings by Purabi Roy; Purple Peacock Books and Arts Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata; Rs 430.00)