Kodalia property not Netaji's ancestral house: Family to CM
- Parliament LIVE: Expert committee to review use of pellet guns, says Rajnath
- Dalit fury spills over to Gujarat streets, 9 more try to end lives; CM meets family assaulted in Una
- Hit by campus protests, FTII makes new students sign ‘decorum, decency’ affidavit
- Dalits are 'soft target' for cow vigilantes: fact finding team
- Suspicious bag found inside Dubai-Amritsar SpiceJet flight
Family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose have written to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee clarifying that their house at Kodalia in South 24-Parganas district, which her government wants to acquire for upkeep, never belonged to the freedom fighter, nor to the Indian National Army.
"It is a two-storeyed house of which only two rooms - one on the ground floor and one on the first floor - belong to the descendants of Janaki Nath (Netaji's father), the rest of the building belong to distant relatives," read the letter signed by a majority of 30 members of the Bose family.
It points out that although Netaji had visited the house, built by his grandfather over 150 years ago in South 24 Parganas district, there is no record of his having stayed there overnight.
"Netaji was born in Cuttack and spent his life at many places. He never built a house of his own and stayed at his father's or his brother's houses. His father's house at Elgin Road, where he spent a few years of his life, has already been converted to Netaji Bhavan," Chandra Kumar Bose, spokesperson of the Bose family, told PTI."
She (Mamata) cannot walk into somebody's house and say that since Netaji walked its veranda we will acquire theplot. The house should be dedicated to Janaki Nath Bose who was a reputed barrister in his own right besides being Netaji's father," Bose, Netaji's grandnephew, said.Since 1935, the family priest has been doing 'Narayan Seba' (puja) daily morning and evening in the house which is also the venue of the family's annual Durga Puja and Saraswti Puja celebrations.
"Netaji's mother Prabhabati Bose enjoined that under no circumstance should this be discontinued. A post office for the local people is located near the gate but no rent has been received for many years," the letter said. Saying that all repair and maintenance carried out by] the family has kept the property in good condition, themembers pointed out to the CM, "As you are aware that heritage buildings are not to be altered or modernised, but preserved in the pristine original condition".
- Pakistan’s dependence on Saudi Arabia stands in their way against Islamic terrorism
- Protest over the demolition of Ambedkar Bhavan reveals a divided Dalit community
- Punjab’s drug problem is a national security issue
- Simultaneous elections will allow governments to devote four years for governance
- UN faces a crisis, but its new secretary general is unlikely to upset tradition
- South China Sea verdict has changed the ground rules for future engagement with China