Re­mem­ber Bose for his work, not crash row, says daugh­ter

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Sub­has Chan­dra Bose’s daugh­ter is an­noyed that, in­stead of ac­cept­ing ev­i­dence, many con­tinue to be ob­sessed with “asi­nine” the­o­ries that Ne­taji sur­vived the plane crash in Taipei in 1945 and lived in the moun­tains as “Gum­nami Baba”.

Anita Bose Pfaff, 73, was about a month old when Bose saw her for the last time in Vi­enna. Based on avail­able ev­i­dence, she is con­vinced he died in the crash on Au­gust 18, 1945, and has pro­posed a DNA test on his re­mains kept at Renkoji Tem­ple in Ja­pan to put the row to rest.

Speak­ing to Hin­dus­tan Times shortly be­fore the Naren­dra Modi govern­ment be­gins re­leas­ing de­clas­si­fied files re­lated to Bose from Satur­day — his 119th birth an­niver­sary — Pfaff said she sup­ported the move but doubted it would end the “fruit­less” con­tro­versy over the crash.

A for­mer aca­demic and econ­o­mist, she spoke on a range of is­sues, in­clud­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween her mother, Emily Schenkl, and her iconic father, who, she re­marked, “must have been a disas­ter as a hus­band”.



It is rather fruit­less with

all th­ese rather asi­nine

the­o­ries be­ing ad­vanced,

in­clud­ing that he is still alive,

God knows where, or that

he lived in the moun­tains as

‘Gum­nami Baba’, which is an

in­sult to him...”

ANITA BOSE PFAFF, Ne­taji’s daugh­ter

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