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So, Thy Hand?

So, Thy Hand?

A look at the startling charge that Nirad C. Chaudhuri was a British spy

So, Thy Hand? Sandipan Chatterjee

Only A Polymath?

  • Why did Nirad C. Chaudhuri, who was secretary to Sarat Chandra Bose from 1937 to 1941 quit exactly a day before Sarat Chandra Bose was arrested by the British?
  • Instead of being interrogated as a close associate of Sarat Bose, Chaudhuri was given a top position in the All India Radio in New Delhi by the British. Why?
  • In the year 1967, Chandra Kumar Bose’s father, Amiya Nath Bose, who was friendly with Indira Gandhi, asked her to make public files about Nirad C. Chaudhuri’s involvement with British intelligence. Why did the then CBI director D.P. Kohli refuse, citing Nirad Chaudhuri’s personal safety as the reason for declining the request?

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At the funeral of Nirad C. Chaudhuri in Britain, where the scholar, historian and polymath spent the greater part of his life and died at 101, one of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s descendants, who was an invitee, spotted a top British intelligence officer known to have served the empire in India  before independence. Surprised to see him at what he thought was a memorial service attended only by those close to Chaudhuri, the Bose family-member went up and asked him, “What are YOU doing here?” The gentleman smiled, lowered his voice and said, “Don’t you know? He was our man.” 

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