A talk on LAID TO REST: The Controversy over Subhas Chandra Bose’s Death
6:30 PM on Wednesday 21 February 2018
About the book
Laid to Rest: The Controversy over Subhas Chandra Bose’s Death is the most comprehensive compilation of hard evidence ever presented on the still hotly-debated demise of one of the heroes of the Indian freedom movement. It pieces together a plethora of first-hand, eye-witness accounts of the plane crash at Taipei that resulted in Subhas Bose breathing his last in a Japanese military hospital, his cremation and the transfer of his ashes to Japan, where they remain till date.
In a veritable tour de force, the book presents irrefutable, overwhelming testimonies from survivors of thecrash, people who were at Bose’s bedside when he passed away, attendees at the cremation and couriers of the mortal remains to Tokyo and ultimately to its current resting place at Renkoji temple. Indian, Japanese and Taiwanese nationals unite to provide an unimpeachable and unanimous verdict. The publication decimates conspiracy theories, and questions successive Indian governments for ignoring the plaintive cry of Bose’s Austrian widow and economist daughter to apply closure to a needless and never-ending controversy.
AuthorAshis Ray: A behind-the-scenes actor in Indian Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao’s abortive attempt to bring Bose’s remains to India in the mid-1990s, London-based author Ashis Ray is the longest serving Indian foreign correspondent, having uninterruptedly worked in this capacity for over 40 years, mainly for BBC and CNN, but also for India’s Ananda Bazar Group and The Times of India. Ahis Ray founded CNN's news-gathering operations in New Delhi and was its first South Asia bureau chief between 1992 and 1996, before becoming the network's editor-at-large in London.
The book is a culmination of 30 years of extensive research in Taiwan, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, Britain and the United States.
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