Taiwan has invited Indian scholars to visit their island nation and study the historical documents on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose available in their archives. Netaji’s plane crashed in Taiwan in 1945.
Taiwan’s deputy envoy to India, Mumin Chen, in a speech at an event hosted by FICCI on Saturday for the celebration of Netaji’s 125th birthday, offered to open the National Archives to Indian scholars for study more in depth on the Indian freedom fighter.
“A lot of historical evidence and documents about Netaji and the Indian independence movement are in Taiwan. At present, very few Indian scholars take notice, there are photos and historical documents that show there were a lot of reports about Netaji,” Mumin Chen said.
Much of Netaji’s struggle to liberate India took place on foreign soil, from Afghanistan and Burma, to the Far East in China, including Taiwan, Japan and Asia. from the Southeast to Singapore; and European.
“I call on our friends in India to do something about this in the future. We have a national archive and a database. We could bring Indian scholars to learn more about Netaji and his legacy which has had huge influence on Taiwan in the 1930s and 1940s,” the Taiwanese diplomat said.
At the time, Taiwan was part of Japan. When the Japanese were ousted and Chiang Kai-shek took control of Taiwan, the entire colonial history, including reports of Netaji’s visits and death, was never made public until the 1990s. , when Taiwan became a democracy.
The Taiwanese diplomat added that India and Taipei have “historical ties” that most who grew up before the 1990s had little or no knowledge of. But he also acknowledged: “In the 1940s, Chiang Kai-shek also wrote about Netaji in his dairy. He felt that the decision to cooperate with the Japanese in the fight for independence was understandable.”
Taipei archives showed Chiang Kai-shek’s comments on Subhas Chandra Bose in his personal diary on October 31, 1943.
“We are now a full-fledged democracy and have our own identity. Many young historians are researching Taiwan with Southeast Asia and even India Taiwan and India should try to rediscover this common Indo-Pacific history. We have had historical ties,” Chen said.
Several books have been written on the mystery surrounding Netaji’s disappearance and death and a number of government-appointed commissions of inquiry have submitted their reports.
The Taiwanese diplomat also pointed out that in Taiwan, where Netaji’s plane ‘crashed’ in 1945, some historical documents and photos were well preserved in the national archives, but had so far received no attention. public.
According to reports, Japan had officially surrendered on August 15, 1945, and on August 17, a plane from Saigon crashed over Taipei, Taiwan. It was the plane in which Netaji would have traveled. He was taken to the Nanmon Branch of Taipei Military Hospital where he died.
The hospital is the current Heping Fuyou Branch of Taipei City Hospital. Netaji’s possessions and his ashes are kept at Renk-ji Temple in Tokyo, according to Japanese accounts.
Some historical documents and photos were well preserved in the national archives, but so far had not received public attention, Chen said.