Bring Netaji’s mortal remains to free India, daughter appeals to govt


New Delhi: Anita Bose-Pfaff, daughter of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, has appealed to the governments of India and Japan for bringing her father’s mortal remains back home.

Anita claimed that Netaji died in an air crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945 and his remains are preserved at Tokyo’s Renkoji temple since September 1945.

“On the 73rd anniversary of my father’s passing away, I renew my appeal to the governments of India and Japan to facilitate a transfer of his mortal remains from Japan to India for a final disposal,” she said.

“It was my father’s dream to return to a free India which was unfortunately not fulfilled. Therefore, it would be appropriate if at least his remains touch the soil of Independent India,” she said.

“My father was a devout Hindu. Thus, it is perhaps befitting as per custom to immerse at least part of his remains in the river Ganga,” she added.

Hiroshi Hirabayashi, president of the 115-year-old Tokyo-based Japan-India Association, also requested the Indian government to facilitate the return of Netaji’s mortal remains.

The Renkoji Temple held its annual memorial service yesterday to honour and pay homage to Netaji.

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