Netaji is his title, which means "Leader". His full name is Subhash Chandra Bose. He was a great Indian freedom fighter and contemprary of Gandhi. But, unlike the latter he lead a military campaign against the British with the help of the then Axis of Evil (Nazi, Japan and Italy). He founded his Indian National Army (INA) in Singapore and lead crusade via Burma (now Mynmar). His plans hit a road block with the defeat of Axis in WWII. He was reported to have died in plane crash in fart east, but doubts have been cast on this theory ever since. His last remains are kept in a Temple in Tokyo, but is not claimed by the Indian Government due to this controversy.
This should be informative
Quote: Bose was believed to have died in a plane crash over Taiwan, while flying to Tokyo in August 1945. However, his body was never recovered, and theories concerning his possible survival abound. One such claim is that Bose actually died in Siberia, while in Soviet captivity. Several committees were set up by the government of India to probe into this matter.
I am sure you are referring this with regards to recent commission report that he didn't die in plane crash in 1945. Interesting man he was and is almost a cult figure in India. Especially the younger generation likes him over Gandhi.
Nwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 9758 times:
thank you for the response - I had never heard of him, and I am also very interested in the history of India - airlines, and people too -- I did not realize there was an issue over a World War II Indian hero
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31808 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 9620 times:
With Gandhi in 1938
His Thinking was different from that of Gandhi....Although both wanted Freedom for the Country.The methods used were varied.
Some POWs in Japanese camps were asked to Join up the INA [Indian National Army] during WW2.
I guess this is one controversy that never ended.
Gamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 9501 times:
Those who were with Netaji during the said crash have said that he was injured, but not dead. So there may be something to the Russia - Siberia theory.
India's first Prime Minister Nehru and his Congress party were not exactly friendly with Netaji. And the conspiracy theory folks think that Netaji may have been left to die in Russia after India's independence due to pressure from Indian govt led by Nehru and Co. Since Nehru dynasty was very close to then USSR, some think that Russians have destroyed all evidence decades ago. So nothing related to Netaji was found in USSR documents that were unclassified after the end of cold war.
Other theory says that Netaji returned to India in disguise, but was disgusted with how govt is run by Nehru and co and died as a swami somewhere in Himalayas.
Netaji controversy raises its head periodically with sightings etc - I guess kinda India's Elvis
Aseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 9251 times:
Quoting Sunandan (Reply 9): Please do not use the aviation forum to air political views.
Although there is some merit in what you say, the thread starter wanted to know the history behind the plane crash and the person victim of it. As long as Mods don't any problem I see no reason why we should stop discussing. Just my
Lutfi From China, joined Sep 2000, 806 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9192 times:
Heh, Iwrote a thesis on SCB and the INA. Thank god he never came back to India, he was a nasty piece of work. While I respect his commitment to fighting for freedom, his idea of Indian freedom wouldn't be mine (he hoped to become a dictator, combining communism and fascism) At the best, he might have been an Indian Franco, at the worst, an Indian Pol Pot
as much as I am fan of him, I'd seriously doubt India would have been that big in size had he brought independence instead of Gandhi. There is a limit to which you can gain ground militarily. Moreover, he would have set wrong precedence that any dispute can be settled by military campaign. Its a common knowledge that India solved many of its post-independence insurgencies by political means. That is all because of example in the form of Gandhi. In spite of all this Bose will continue to intrigue generations to come.