How did Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose die?
To find answer, Indian Government had appointed three commissions. Shah Nawaz Committee (1956) and the Khosla Commission (1970) said that Bose died in an air crash on August 18, 1945 at Taihoku airport in Japanese-occupied Taipei, while Mukherjee Commission (1999) concluded that he did not die in air-crash.
Government, however, rejected findings of Mukherjee Commission. But that didn’t stop the scholars from dwelling deep to find truth.
Paris-based historian J B P More, who teaches at Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales, Paris who recently stumbled upona brief French Secret Service Report dated December 11, 1947 at National Archives of France, has come up with a finding that Bose didn’t die in an air crash and was still alive in 1947.
More stated that,”It is not stated in document that Subhas Chandra Bose died in air crash in Taiwan. It is reported that Bose’s present whereabouts were unknown as late as December 1947, which again implies that French did not buy the theory that Bose died in air-crash on August 18, 1945″.
Gist of matter for French Secret Service, according to More, is that Bose did not die in air crash on August 18, 1945, as commonly held. “But he escaped from Indochina alive and his whereabouts were unknown as late as December 11, 1947, as reported in secret document.
British and Japanese too declared that Bose died in the air crash after he took off from Saigon on his way to Tokyo. But French government had always been silent on this issue, though Vietnam/Indochina was a French colony during 1940s. So findings of More attain significance.
Scholars like Kingshuk Nag said findings in report should be taken seriously .