PM Modi agrees to declassify all secret files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that the Centre has decided to declassify all the files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.The announcement was made soon after he met 35 members of the leader’s family at his 7 Race Course Road residence.In a series of tweets, PM Modi said that he will also request foreign governments to declassify files on Netaji available with them.”Will also request foreign governments to declassify files on Netaji available with them. Shall begin this with Russia in December,” he tweeted.The Prime Minister described the interaction with Subas Chandra Bose’s kin as remarkable and extensive. “It was a privilege to welcome family members of Subhas Babu to 7RCR. We had a remarkable & extensive interaction,” he added. Declaring that “there is no need to strangle history”, Modi said “Nations that forget their history lack the power to create it.”The demands for declassification of secret files have been growing lately, especially after the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal recently declassified 64 files which were in its possession.During the interaction where External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Home MinisterRajnath Singh were also present, the family members requested the Prime Minister for declassification of the files available with the government of India.They suggested that the government of India initiate the process to get the files on Netaji available with foreign governments to also be declassified, a PMO statement said.The Prime Minister said he finds the suggestions of the family members of Netaji to be similar to his own thinking and the view of the Union government, it said. He also shared with the family members some instances of how he had recalled Netaji during his term as Chief Minister of Gujarat.Amid growing demands for declassification of the files, the Prime Minister had disclosed in his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme on September 20 that he would be receiving Netaji’s family members at his residence in October.