The Mystery of Netaji’s Missing Gold

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The Mystery of Netaji’s Missing Gold

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza

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nake in a basket’ is what he called me,” Purabi Roy chuckles as she recalls her meeting with Col Hugh Toye, an officer of the British Military Intelligence Department during World War II.

Brought up on Bose folklore, Roy heard all about the alleged wealth amassed by the INA; how poor villagers and affluent Indians equally contributed to enrich the coffers of the freedom-fighting force. She got deeply involved with the mystery of the missing INA treasure when she headed an Indian research team, which went to Russia and Britain in the mid-1990s, to gain access to archived intelligence files that had been made accessible to the public. Roy, who spoke fluent Russian, was surprised with the one name that emerged repeatedly: Subhas Chandra Bose.

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