23/01/2016 9:07 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Narendra Modi To Declassify 100 Netaji Files Today

This picture shows Mr. Subhash Bose, an unknown name to outsiders, but a mercurial Freedom Fighter and Politician of India of the past, arriving at the 1939 meeting of All india Congress Committee, as its elected President, only to make a tumultuous announcement, that he was quitting the party, and froming his own. This was to protest non-cooperation from Mahatma Gandhi, who wanted to resist Bose's more vigorous and youthful methods of coaxing the British to leave India on the onset of the second world war, as against Gandhi's less vigorous and more gentle approach of passive resistance. I did not take this picture, of course, since I was not to be born for many years into the future. But this picture, and many others like it, belonged to a now departed lady, who was an admirer of Bose, and collected many of his photographs. I came to own this album after the lady passed away. I am putting this up as a result of an exchange with Ragib Hasan of Bangladesh and USA and his work on Bengal in wikipedia, where I found only small and somewhat sketchy pictures of Bose, and in fact most other Indian luminaries of the past. I hope someone will have this picture linked there. Thanks View large

NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the digital copies of 100 files related to Subhash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary today.

"The National Archives of India (NAI) is placing 100 files relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in public domain after preliminary conservation treatment and digitization. On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji, the Prime Minister will release the digital copies of these files in public domain," an official release said yesterday.

The initiative will meet the "long-standing public demand" to access these files as well as facilitate scholars to carry out further research on Bose, it said.

The NAI also plans to release digital copies of 25 declassified files on Bose in the public domain every month.

Modi, in his meeting with members of Bose family on 14 October, last year, had announced that the government would declassify the files relating to Bose and make them accessible to public.

The first lot of 33 files were declassified by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and handed over to the NAI on 4 December, last year.

Subsequently, the Ministries of Home Affairs and External Affairs too initiated the process of declassification of files relating to Bose in their respective collection which were then transferred over to the NAI, it added.

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