Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: A revolutionary chapter in the offing – Santwana Bhattacharya

Bharata Bharati

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

Santwana Bhattacharya“A consensus has emerged among historians and generations of researchers on two points: 1) Bose disappeared, and did not die in the crash; 2) he was in Soviet Russia post-1945. Whether it was as a prisoner in a Siberian gulag or under house arrest has not been established. Beyond some broad hints dropped by post-Soviet Russian historians, anecdotes of Indians in Moscow, and stifling silences, no definitive official record has emerged. Neither from the depths of the KGB archives, opened after the Soviet downfall, or the colonial papers in London.” – Santwana Bhattacharya

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan had seen Bose in Russia when he was Indian ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1949 to 1952.On May 13, 1952, S. Radhakrishnan was sworn in as the first Vice-President of India. A few months prior to that, he had visited his old colleagues at the Philosophy Department of the Calcutta University. His endearing personality, academic reputation, and added to it, his ambassadorial stint in the Soviet Union ensured he had a rarefied audience of…

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