A branch of Netaji's family as also many others outside believe that he died in a plane crash in Taiwan on Aug 18, 1945, and the ashes are preserved in the Renkoji temple in Tokyo. But there is also a strong second opinion across the nation which nixes the aircrash theory and does not consider the Renkoji ashes as those of Bose.
"I don't have the ashes. After all, this would be a highly formal and diplomatic thing. It's not a private issue, but involves two countries that have their own multiple-level relations. It's not that I'll go to the temple ask for the ashes and they will give me. The two nations must agree on it," Pfaff had said.
UPA govt should probe Netaji's mysterious disappearance: BJP
Taking a potshot at UPA government for probing coal blocks allotment between 1993 and 2004, BJP has said past events like the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose should also be investigated.
"If the Centre has interest in probing coal blocks allotment by the past governments between 1993 and 2004, then it should also probe the mysterious disappearance of Bose in 1945, Sino-India war in 1962 and death of the ex-prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966," BJP national spokesman Syed Shahanwaz Hussain said at a function here to mark Jan Sangh leader Deen Dayal Upadhyay's 96th birth anniversary.
"All these events and many more are worth investigating if the UPA government wants to," he said.
Netaji's ancestral home gets heritage status on 116th birthday
On the eve of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's birth anniversary, the West Bengal government today decided to give heritage status to his ancestral house at Kodalia in South 24 Parganas district.
"We will give heritage status to it. If needed, we are ready to acquire the land. We have also decided to properly maintain the house which was not being done all these years," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, referring to alleged neglect by the earlier Left Front government.
She said she had asked the authorities to repair the road leading to the house.
Image: Netaji's House at Kolkatta. The house from where Netaji had escaped. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)