The sad truth is Netaji Bose would be 109 today

As expected, the UPA government has rejected the Justice Mukherjee report that contends that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose did not die in a plane crash in Japan in August 1945.

The move reopens all the old conspiracy theories. Did Bose himself spread the canard? Did Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru spread a sinister lie about his death? Did Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan get to "see" him in the 1950s? Did Bose do time in a Siberian camp?

It's the mother of Indian conspiracies theories, but this much is for sure: Bose is not alive, as many Bengalis believe. He would be 109 and (possibly) very sick of the ridiculous optimism of his kinsmen.