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Kin want to know the truth behind Bose’s death

Kin want to know the truth behind Bose’s death
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While family members of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose observed his 118th birth anniversary on Friday in customary fashion at Kolkata and Delhi. In Hyderabad, another member of the family, Suraiya Hasan Bose, who married Netaji’s nephew Aurobindo Bose, joined in the rituals.

A plea by Netaji’s family, want to know the truth behind Bose’s death

While family members of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose observed his 118th birth anniversary on Friday in customary fashion at Kolkata and Delhi. In Hyderabad, another member of the family, Suraiya Hasan Bose, who married Netaji’s nephew Aurobindo Bose, joined in the rituals. On the occasion, everyone in the family pleaded the government to intervene and declassify the files on Netaji’s disappearance.

At her residence in Raidurg, the traditional textile revivalist Suraiya asks, “Why should the government not share the files? So many years have gone by; we want to know the truth behind Netaji’s death.” Last month the freedom fighter’s family members met Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leaders and sought their intervention to declassify the documents. During the freedom struggle, Netaji’s family ensured that they played a prominent role. Going down the memory lane, Suraiya reminisces about her uncle Abid Hussain who was a secretary to the Netaji.

Suraiya Hasan Bose

“He was a patriot who added Safrani to his name based on the saffron colour in support of the freedom movement. He was told to return by Netaji just before entering Russia and that was last time uncle met him,” she said. Suraiya adds that her husband was a nationalist and worked for the working classes in Kolkata. “He was greatly influenced by Subhas Babu and the whole family rallied behind him. Both our families were involved in the freedom struggle,” she said.

Recollecting the deep rooted feelings for the nation Suraiya says, “My mother’s weeding outfit was made out of Khadi and it was in front of her house in Abids Road that imported fabrics were burnt.” Suraiya now runs a school for poor children and runs a handloom unit where traditional textiles such as Paithani, Jamewar, Himru and Mushru are taught to widows. This is the only unit in the country and probably the world where traditional textiles are woven. It takes two women to weave four inches a day.

By:T P Venu

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