Bose And The Tashkent Man

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In the investigative film produced by Iqbal Malhotra, Aim Television, a few eminent people talk about the rumours of Subhash Chandra Bose being alive after his death was officially announced in 1945

Discovery Channel televised an investigative film ‘Subhash Chandra Bose: The Mystery’ to track what happened to the great Indian freedom fighter. The one-hour exclusive film commissioned by Discovery Channel India and produced by Iqbal Malhotra, Aim Television will be aired it on July 18, at 9 pm Indian time.

The man behind with a round glass may be Subhash Chandra Bose_Photo Credit Discovery Channel

The man behind with a round glass believe to be Subhash Chandra Bose. Photo Credit: Discovery Channel

The mystery pertains to when an enterprising young NRI, Sidhartha Satbhai, who commissioned Neil Millar, a former veteran of the Royal Signals Regiment of the British Army, to conduct an image analysis on video and photographic material supplied to him by an internet group, Anonymous. The footage pertains to an individual referred to as ‘The Tashkent Man’, who was present during the Indo-Pak Tashkent Declaration of January 10, 1966. Through modern scientific and facial analysis, the investigation points to the possibility that the bespectacled man could be ‘Netaji’. The report also infers that if ‘Netaji’ was present in the Tashkent Declaration in 1966, he could not have died in the plane crash on August 18, 1945, as officially reported.

Through a series of interviews with experts, the film examines classified information about the mystery. Dr Purabi Roy, author and visiting professor at Moscow State University and Major General Alexandr Kolesnikov, Retired Major General of the Warsaw Pact, draw upon critical information from Russian archives regarding Bose’s presence in post-World War II Russia.

Video facial analysis of the Tashkent Man

Video facial analysis of the ‘Tashkent Man’

The film reveals the story of Leon Prouchandy, a forgotten chapter in the history of the Indian National Army. His story told by his grandson Prashant More raises yet another question in the enduring mystery of Subhash Chandra Bose. According to author and historian Prashant More, the day Bose supposedly died in the plane crash in Taipei, he was at the Prouchandy Mansion in Saigon (present day Vietnam). He believes that Bose entrusted the INA’s substantial finances to Leon Prouchandy, one of the key figures in Bose’s operations in South East Asia.

Further in the film, Dr Prathama Banerjee, historian and associate professor at The Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), sheds light on the rise of secret societies in pre-Independence India, their influence, the leftist leanings of Bose as President of the Indian National Congress and his association with members of the Communist party.

The film talks to Subhash Chandra Bose’s associates and his family, including his grandnephews Ashish Ray and Abhijit Ray. Abhijit retraces Netaji’s steps and narrates his meticulous and planned escape in 1941 from his ancestral house at Elgin Road, Calcutta to Berlin under a new Italian identity and further raising a Regiment in the German Army, the Wehrmacht.

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