He said he will also urge foreign governments to declassify files on Netaji available with them by writing to them and personally taking up with foreign leaders, beginning with Russia in December.

His announcement regarding an issue that has been hanging fire for seven decades came when he received 35 family members of Bose at his official residence here and interacted with
them for an hour.

"Process of declassification of files relating to Netaji will begin on 23rd January 2016, Subhas Babu's birth anniversary," PM Modi tweeted later.

"Will also request foreign governments to declassify files on Netaji available with them. Shall begin this with Russia in December," he said in another tweet.

Declaring that "There is no need to strangle history", he said "Nations that forget their history lack the power to create it."

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