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.