Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Comrades admit ‘mistake’ over Netaji


Comrades admit ‘mistake’ over Netaji
SEVEN decades after his party denounced Subhas Chandra Bose as an “imperialist agent” and “Tojo’s dog” (after Japanese Prime Minister Hediki Tojo), CPI general secretary A B Bardhan admitted at a function on April 5 that it was a “mistake on the part of the undivided Communist Party of India not to have recognised Netaji’s indomitable spirit of patriotism”. He added: “I have no hesitation in apologising for this lapse.” However, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat, who was also present at the function, ignored Bardhan’s reference to the “undivided” party’s view of Netaji. While he paid rich tributes to Bose, he did not make any reference to the historical “mistake”.

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