License to Kill

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Many mysterious deaths have taken place in the “extended” family of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, as well as within the Congress party.

This is not something that happens only in India. There are conspiracy theories about the deaths of several world leaders and famous personalities, most notable amongst them being the 35th American President, John F Kennedy (JFK), and the much-loved British Princess, Diana.

Many Americans believe that President Kennedy was not assassinated by the lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald, as reported officially.  The epic 1991 movie JFK (starring Kevin Costner) suggests that JFK was assassinated by none other than the “establishment” (including the then Vice President Lyndon B Johnson [who became President], the CIA, the FBI and the US Secret Service).

Many Britishers (and others around the world) believe that Princess Diana’s death in a road accident in Paris was an assassination carried out on behalf of the Palace (yes, by none other than Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles).

As this book is about India and Indians, I won’t go into other details, about these “unnatural” deaths of two of the most loved world leaders, and concentrate on the mysterious deaths of several prominent people, who could be considered dangerous to “the dynasty”.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

Both, Subhas Chandra Bose (President of Congress party in 1938 and 1939, and a man many believed would have got India its independence before 1947, had it not been for MK Gandhi and, of course, Nehru), as well as Dr Syama Prasad Mukherjee, were strong competitors of Jawaharlal Nehru, and both died under mysterious circumstances.

With Japanese support, Bose had revamped the Indian National Army (INA), then composed of Indian soldiers of the British Indian Army, who had been captured in the 1942 Battle of Singapore. After Bose’s arrival into Japan in 1943, thousands of Indian civilians in Malaya and Singapore enlisted with the INA.

The Japanese had come to support a number of puppet and provisional governments in the captured regions, such as those in Burma (now Myanmar), the Philippines and Manchukuo (Manchuria). The Provisional Government of Free India, presided by Bose, was formed in the then Japanese-occupied Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Bose had great drive and charisma—creating popular Indian slogans, such as “Jai Hind”—and the INA under Bose was a model of diversity by region, ethnicity, religion, and even gender.

In late 1944 and early 1945 the British Indian Army first halted and then devastatingly reversed the Japanese attack on India. Almost half the Japanese forces and half the participating INA contingent were killed. The INA was driven down the Malay Peninsula, and were forced to surrender.

Bose had earlier chosen not to surrender with his forces or with the Japanese, but rather to escape to Manchuria with a view to seeking a future in the Soviet Union which he believed to be turning anti-British.

He died from third degree burns when his “Japanese plane” crashed in Formosa, now in Taiwan. Millions of Indians (especially Bengalis), did not believe that the crash had occurred, with many believing that Bose would return to gain India’s independence. Officially, Bose’s death on August 18, 1945.

As the Bose files are revealed, maybe we will find out more.

Dr Syama Prasad Mukherjee

Dr SP Mukherjee, founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (predecessor of BJP), went to visit Jammu & Kashmir in 1953 illegally, and observed a hunger strike to protest against Article 370.

Because of the prevailing permit system, he was not given permission. He was arrested on May 11 while crossing the border into J&K. He died as a détenu on June 23, 1953, under mysterious circumstances.

Following his arrest, he was admitted to a hospital for about 90 days, as he was suffering from dry pleurisy and coronary problems. Though Dr Mukherjee was allergic to penicillin, even then he was given a shot.

How or why did that happen? Why was there no post-mortem conducted? Isn’t that a very basic thing to do when someone dies under mysterious circumstances? Dr Mukherjee’s mother demanded the setting up of an inquiry commission, but Nehru completely ignored any such request.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee claimed in 2004 that Mukherjee’s death was a conspiracy hatched by the Nehru-led central government and the government of Jammu & Kashmir state.

To read about the mysterious deaths of 15 other senior Indian political leaders including three former Prime Ministers and three members of Robert Vadra’s family, and many other interesting things that you DO NOT KNOW about the history of India, please buy my book DEMYTHSIFYING MYTHS from

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