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Bose artefacts loaned

Date: 01 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous


Tourists visiting Subhas Chandra Bose museum in Red Fort were amazed at seeing the empty case where the cap of the freedom fighter used to be kept.



The rare artefact of Subhas Chandra Bose was gifted by his family to the Prime Minister, which was later kept for display.



  • The Archaeological Survey of India and Ministry of Culture have clarified that the artefact is not missing but given on loan to another museum.

  • The cap is now kept at Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata for an exhibition on Subhas Chandra Bose.

  • Other items that were loaned include sword of Netaji, portrait of Netaji, goggles worn by INA soldiers, original copy of INA act etc.


Significance of artefact

  • The cap of Netaji was one of the rarest artefact of the freedom fighter currently available. It was gifted to the PM by the family of Netaji.

  •  The museum on Netaji was envisioned by the PM to mark 75 years of the Azad Hind government. It was inaugurated during the 122nd birth anniversary of Netaji.


Terms of loaning

  • The authorisation for loaning was done according to the process specified by the Ministry of Culture. They have been signed by the Secretary and Curator and also superintendent Archaeologist.

  • The period for loaning is six months. It can be extended if approved by the Ministry of Culture. The ASI inspects the loaned objects during this period.