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'Celebrate Netaji's life instead of worrying about his disappearance'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  6 Feb 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Kolkata, Feb 5: Hailing Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s contribution towards the independence movement, noted filmmaker Shyam Benegal on Friday laid stress on celebrating the leader’s life instead of worrying on conjectures about his disappearance. Participating in a panel discussion on Netaji’s mysterious disappearance at the Kolkata Literature Festival here, Benegal also rubbished claims by certain quarters of Bose having lived incognito as the “Gummi Baba” in Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad. “We should celebrate the life of Subhas Chandra Bose rather than constantly worry about what happened to him after August 18, 1945.

“Unfortutely, all the achievements of Netaji have been completely submerged under this unnecessary mystery about his death, disappearance, whether he died in the crash or not whether he escaped to Siberia and all,” said the Dadasaheb Phalke awardee. Calling as “mere conjectures” the various theories surrounding Netaji’s disappearance following the alleged air-crash of August 18, 1945, Benegal also disapproved suggestions of Jawaharlal Nehru being behind Bose’s disappearance. “I am also against this automatic assumption of Nehru being the villain in the whole story. (IANS)

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