Did iconic freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose died in the air crash? It is the question which has not got an answer even after so many years. To look into the matter, government of India had also set up three commissions from time to time to find out the truth, however, findings of them were also different.
Three commission formed were: Shah Nawaz Committee (1956), Khosla Commission( 1970) and Mukherjee Commission (1999). Both Shah Nawaz Committee and the Khosla Commission reported that Netaji died on August 18, 1945 in the air crash at Taihouku airport in Japanese-occupied Taipei. But as per the Mukherjee Commission, he did not die in an air crash. However, the report of Mukherjee Commission was rejected by the government.
Now, a Paris -based historian J B P More has claimed that Netaji did not die in the air crash on August 18, 1945 and was still alive in 1947. He has come with this findings after getting stumbled upon a French secret service report dated December 11, 1947 at the National Archives of France.
As per a report in the Times of India, More, who teaches at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales, Paris said,”It is not stated in the document that Subhas Chandra Bose died in the air crash in Taiwan. Instead, it is reported that Bose’s present whereabouts were unknown as late as December 1947, which again implies that the French did not buy the theory that Bose died in the air-crash on August 18, 1945″.
He said that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose did not die in the air crash as commonly known. As per the report written for the “Haut Commisariat de France for Indochina under the title: “Archival Information on Subhas Chandra Bose”, More said “But he escaped from Indochina alive and his whereabouts were unknown as late as December 11, 1947, as reported in the secret document. This implies that he was alive somewhere but not dead in 1947”.