United in rage, a large section of eminent personalities and commoners alike have called for the declassification of all secret government files on the nationalist leader.

With the fresh revelations pertaining to 20-year period between 1948 to 1968 making the headlines last week, the clamour for publicising over 150 secret documents gained ground, prompting the central government to set up an inter-ministerial committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary to review the Official Secrets Act in the context of such files.

Expressing his disbelief that the Jawaharlal Nehru government could order such snooping, former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee called for making the secret documents public for the truth to come out.

"Snooping has always been unacceptable although it is quite unbelievable that Nehru would have ordered such a thing. But then all these things would become clear if the classified documents of Bose are made public. So I hope all the declassification campaigns bear fruit," Chatterjee said.

Jawaharlal Nehru was prime minister for 16 of these 20 years.Chatterjee, however, expressed his reservations over the inter-ministerial panel that was constituted on Wednesday."I don't know if the panel would serve any purpose. Only time will tell, if it's a concrete move or a mere eyewash," added Chatterjee.

Former Supreme Court judge A.K. Ganguly minced no words in slamming the Congress for the snooping controversy."It's a national shame. All the secret Netaji documents must  be declassified because the people of India have the right to know what happened to their hero," added Ganguly.

Eminent writer Shirshendu Mukherjee also batted for declassification."There are a number of conspiracy theories surrounding Bose and his eventual disappearance. So to put to rest all the speculations surrounding him, it is imperative all documents are made public," Mukherjee said.

Netaji's grand nephew Chandra Kumar Bose hailed the Modi government's decision for setting up the panel "just two days after he assured my brother Surya Bose. He made sure his words were transformed into action".

Another Bose scion and Trinamool Congress parliamentarian, Sugata Bose, who had been opposing declassification thus far too now has called for their publication. Though he sounded sceptical about the utility of the panel set up the BJP led central government.


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