The Vanishing of Subhash Bose : The Mystery Unlocked – Book Review

  • Title – The Vanishing of Subhash Bose : The Mystery Unlocked
  • Author – Rajesh Talwar
  • Pages –  245
  • File Size – 3301 KB
  • Format – Kindle
  • Genre – Politics
  • Price- INR 70/-

Netaji Bose, who led the Indian National Army to wage battles against the British, allegedly died in an air crash in Taipei, Taiwan soon after the Second World War came to an end. Did he really die in the air crash or was it a fabrication? This question was considered by three inquiry commissions, the last of which came to the clear conclusion that there was in fact no air crash. Each report is carefully dissected by the author, a trained international lawyer and public intellectual.

If Bose did not in fact die in the air crash, where did he go, what happened to him, and when, where and how did he meet his end? Why did Prime Minister Nehru keep Bose-related files away from the first committee that conducted an enquiry? Why did India’s first prime minister order that surveillance be carried out on the Bose family for decades? Why did Prime Minister Morarji Desai speak of new evidence that challenged the conclusions of the first two inquiries that Bose had died in an air crash? Why did Desai subsequently fall silent? This book provides explanations on all the important questions that have plagued Indian minds for decades. The mystery behind the springing tiger’s disappearance is finally unlocked.

If Gandhi’s non-violent struggle represented the feminine spirit of ‘ahimsa’ Bose and the INA’s struggle represented Indian manhood in its fullest flowering. In freedom struggles across the world, some of those who fought the hardest are subsequently ignored. If we apply the necessary corrective to the history of Indian independence, the author argues, we will change India’s view of itself and its place in the world, past, present and future.

I have never read much about the individual role of our freedom fighters and how much they proved to be a part of the struggle. Though I have read books on the general scenario of the pre and post independence era, I haven’t gone much into biographies, except those of Gandhi ,Nehru and the likes.

When I received this book for review I was so glad to be reading about one of the less popular heroes of the struggle.

There have been mentions about this leader in our school books about him passing away in an air crash but nothing more than that or how he really met his end!And on reading this book, it all comes before our eyes!

The preface has a gist on what the chapters hold and though I found it a little bit lengthy, it gives us a crisp picture of what to expect in the coming pages.

History and politics though intermingles sound like a dull combo but this book was so engaging and kept me hooked to it from the start. I was eager to see what would happen as I kept ‘turning’ the pages.

There has been a lot of research that the author has put in in the writing of this book and with a little speculation,the theories are explained.

Being written in the non fiction category, the author has done justice to the genre by clearly and boldly stating the facts from his research.Kudos to that!

The more you read the book, the more facts come in front of you that makes you wonder how things went on in the political arena of the by gone era! It makes you want to change your views on several leaders and the state of affairs back then!

The language is simple and the book is well researched. Certain sensitive issues have been dealt with tactfully and it is really commendable.

I really liked the quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

The references are given as footnotes.

As you read on it enlightens you about the commissions that were carried on for investigating his death and how there were dealt with. Was it just for an eye wash purpose or was there any other reason behind it?

What really happened to Subash Bose, the unsung hero of our country ? You will find the answers to all these questions and more when you read this enlightening book!

I certainly recommend this book on the forgotten hero of our land. Do give it a shot.

You can really find out a lot about him and also the situations surrounding the freedom movement!This book also brings before us the life a person who was not so well known and also about the not so good politicians of his times! The mysteries surrounding his death has been finally detangled.

While working for the United Nations, the author has lived in different places, some of them difficult like Afghanistan, Liberia and Somalia, so he can perhaps justifiably claim to have seen a bit of life.

He has written fifteen odd books, some fiction, others non-fiction, the details of which together with published reviews are listed at his website. His second novel on Afghanistan titled ‘The Sentimental Terrorist’ is available in paperback as well as as Ebook.

I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset 

Check out the 60+ books that I have reviewed so far in the Book Reviews page.

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