New Delhi: Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday expressed confidence that the government will take a "correct final view" after due consideration on what really happened to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose after World War II.
His assertion came just over three months after a row had broken out between Congress and BJP over the issue of the alleged snooping on Netaji's family for over two decades.
The Minister for Urban Development also announced that the government is actively considering a proposal for ensuring an appropriate memorial for Netaji in Delhi.
He was addressing the National Convention on Legacy of Netaji Subhas and Azad Hind Fauj here.
Hailing Netaji as one who firmly believed in the civilisation, values and history of the country which "should form the bedrock of our national pride and collective self-confidence", Naidu said that unfortunately the great leader is "not with us".
"Nor are we clear about what really happened to him after World War II. The people of India are unbelieving and anxious about this void in our recent history.
"I am confident that the present government will take a correct final view on this question after due consideration. Netaji still inspires pride and passion in our countrymen and his contribution to our freedom struggle is an important and glorious chapter of our freedom struggle," he said.
Maintaining that the country is duty bound to sustain the memory of such a great leader, he said, "The government is actively considering a proposal of Netaji Subhash Bose - INA Trust for ensuring an appropriate memorial for Netaji in Delhi."
Naidu held that the freedom struggle of India was marked by a variety of thoughts and approaches.
"It was a bouquet of individual and collective actions besides peaceful satyagraha and direct action. Even as Gandhiji was turning 'ahimsa' into a powerful weapon of our struggle, the likes of Bhagat Singh continued with their approach of unsettling the British through force.
"Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose worked with Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, Sardar Patel and others for sometime before he chose to strike a different path to liberate our country. The struggle had two broad strands, one being that of peaceful assertion pioneered by the Mahatma and the other being direct action led by several individuals like Bhagat Singh, Chandrasekhar Azad, Bismil and later on a larger scale by Netaji," Naidu said. Naidu said that while Gandhi preferred assertion of the right of independence of the county through the force of the soul, the path chosen by Netaji in the later years was one of the power of the heart.
"It would only be fair to say that both these approaches together brought adequate pressure on the British to finally decide to quit," he said.
Analysing the contribution of both strands in the freedom struggle for the country, he said if Gandhi was instrumental in evolving freedom struggle in the direction of inspiring the people with the slogan of freedom as a right, Netaji was instrumental in spurring millions imparting and element of 'pride' to the struggle for independence.
"Historians and commentators are still to conclude whether it was possible to gain independence only through peaceful means or by a mix of approaches. While Mahatma was the leading light of freedom struggle, Netaji left an indelible mark as one who had stirred the imagination of millions of countrymen through his thoughts, words and deeds.
"If Tilak was the Father of India's Unrest and Mahatma was the Father of India's Struggle, Netaji was the Father of India's Revolution, as one commentator said," Naidu said.
Describing Netaji as a "great practitioner of truly secular nationalism", he said Netaji believed that all of us must believe in our great cultural and historical past and be proud of it but not to overlook its weaknesses and faults that have crept in during the centuries.
"Subhas Chandra Bose believed that India's past and future are closely intertwined with that of Asia. We must find our strength within Asia to begin with. If he were here today he would be entirely supportive of our policies of Look East and Act East.
"Our government is giving very much importance to the northeast. The Naga Peace accord signed is one major step in this direction," he said.
Naidu said that Netaji firmly believed in India's civilisation and its values and its history which should form the bedrock of our national pride and collective self- confidence.