Daughter junks report of getting Netajiís ashes

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's daughter Anita Pfaff on Sunday denied media reports that she would be displaying her father's "ashes" conserved at Japan's Renkoji temple on his birth anniversary on January 23.

Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a programme at the family's ancestral home in Kolkata, Pfaff said: "I don't have the ashes. After all, this would be a highly formal and diplomatic thing. It's not a private issue. But involves two countries that have their own multiple-level relations. It's not that I'll go to the temple ask for the ashes and they will give me. The two nations must agree on it."

The commission instituted by the government had disputed that the ashes kept at Renkoji temple belonged to Netaji.

Pfaff said Netaji's life involved a lot of tragedy and he lives through the love and affection of the people. "I have a strong feeling and conviction that paying tributes to Netaji is a genuine act of respect and love for a Bengali and a deshnayak," she said during the inauguration of the 116th birth anniversary celebrations that began today.

She said the partition of the country in 1947 was a disappointment that went against her father's vision of Independent India. "I think the most disappointing thing to happen has been the partition of the country ó which led to deaths, a lot of tragic consequences, squandering of unnecessary (resources) and wars between the two nations," she added.

According to Pfaff, while India is a stable nation, Pakistan is in a dire situation.

The money that went into procuring arms could have been put into education and healthcare making it beneficial for the population of both India and Pakistan, she said.

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