Subhash Chandra Bose not killed in air crash


An aide of Netaji was about to disclose the truth but his voice was suppressed. Even after release of hundreds of  documents, mystery remains. It will remain a mystery for ever.

In the absence of official documents so far kept under lock and key by the successive governments, we have no authentic information about what happened to Netaji Subhash Chandre Bose on August 18, 1945 or thereafter. Researchers and enquiry commissions have been relying on secondary sources and circumstantial evidence and coming to contradictory conclusions. Contrary to the views of the Shanawaz Committee and the Khosla Commission that Netaji was killed in the plane crash, the Mukhrejee Commission was of the view that the news of his death August 18 was fake because he had planned to escape to the Soviet Union. The members of the Bose clan, barring perhaps only Netaji’s great grandnephew and Trinamul Congress MP Sugata Bose, agree with the Mukhrejee Commission. Sugata Bose recently told a newspaper correspondent that he was “convinced Netaji died in the plane crash.” On the other hand, there was a man called Abbas Ali (Jan 3, 1920 – October 11, 2014) who was Captain in the Indian National Army and had known Netaji closely, used to claim that he met Netaji at least 10 days after the alleged plane crash.


Perhaps, we will never know the truth but I am not writing this piece just to present contradictory opinions and claims. I am going to tell the readers about a write-up I had read in 1970s. I am writing this on the basis of my memory but what I had read was so  sensational that I can never forget it.

There used to be a popular weekly Hindi magazine Dharmyug. Its publication stopped in 1994. Sometime in 1970s I had read an article about Netaji in that magazine. At the end of the article there was a note by the editor that a man (perhaps Netaji’s cook) who had been interviewed had claimed that he was taken to the airport on that fateful day, August 18, 1945, where Netaji was present. The man further claimed that at the airport he was blindfolded and after some time he heard a loud noise as if something had exploded. The note further stated that the man made sensational disclosures which would be published next week. That never happened. There was no reference to that interview in any subsequent issue of the magazine. The only explanation one can think of is that the publication of that interview was banned by the authorities.

If any researcher wants to read that article, he will have to go through the old issues of the magazine in the 1970s. According to information available on Google search engine, the old issues are available with a few persons. I cannot say whether the manuscript of the unpublished second instalment would be available in the archives of the magazine.

Devendra Narain


I had published this article originally on 31/7/2016 on another website. The death remains a mystery even after secret files were made public by Prime Minister Modi.

Devendra Narain



Written by Devendra Narain
Date of birth: January 1, 1941 Educational qualification: Master of Arts (First Class) in Political Science Visiting Fellow: (one year, 1978-79), University of Oxford, UK. Job Experience: Teaching job: Lecturer in Political Science, Patna University (February 1963 to October 1965) Indian Revenue Service: November 1965 to December 2000. Important positions held in Government of India: Head of the Project Appraisal Division (Planning Commission), Head of the Project Monitoring Division and Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary (Department of Programme Implementation), Chief Commissioner of Income Tax and Member, Appellate Tribunal for Forfeited Property. Retired from Government of India on December 31, 2002, as Member, Appellate Tribunal for Forfeited Property. Experience as trainer: more than 50 national and international training programmes on project management International Experience: Indian member of Inter-governmental committee on project management system by the Commonwealth Secretariat in 1985; Member of Indian delegation to the (erstwhile) Soviet Union (1986) Area of expertise: Project Management (ex-ante Project Appraisal, CBA, Monitoring, ex-post evaluation). Experience as author: Co-author of a book on Indian Constitution in 1970 (now out of print); More than two dozen articles on different aspects of project management; 11 stories (10 satirical and one serious) in English and Hindi, published in leading magazines and a leading Hindi newspaper. Presently writing articles on social, political, economic and administrative issues available on my website and LinkedIn. Website: Present on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) Published collection of short stories in Hindi: "ये टेढ़े मेढ़े रास्ते". Paperback available on Amazon and Flipkart; ebook available on Amazon.