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Ex. Indian ambassador, ACN Nambiar, Bose, Nehru Aide was a Soviet Spay UK Documents

Ex. Indian ambassador, ACN Nambiar, Bose, Nehru Aide was a Soviet Spay UK Documents

A former Indian ambassador, ACN Nambiar, a key aide of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was a Soviet agent in the 1920s, secret British files declassified on Friday revealed.

Born in 1898, Arathil Candeth Narayan Nambiar was a
key aide of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
and appointed ambassador to several countries after India’s independence.

The journalist, who died in 1986, was also known for his proximity to the Nehru family.

The documents released on Friday include the latest batch of files on Britain's MI5 activities as well as seven files on British Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm and his activities as a member of the Communist Party and the wartime stories of British fascist sympathisers and 'Fifth Columnists' exposed by an MI5 agent posing as a representative of the Gestapo.

According to documents declassified under the 30-year-rule at the National Archives,

Nambiar went to Berlin in 1924 as a journalist and worked with the Indian communist group, visiting Moscow as a Soviet "guest" in 1929.

"On the outbreak of the Second World War, Nambiar was expelled from Germany but later allowed to return as Subhash Chandra Bose's deputy in Berlin.

Nambiar became the German-financed leader of the Free India Movement in Europe when Bose moved to the Far East to join the Japanese.

"He was also concerned with the Indian Legion, composed of Indian prisoners of war, which in 1944 was absorbed by the SS," an archive release said in a statement.

Arathil Candeth Narayan Nambiar was arrested in Austria in June 1945 and interrogated as a Nazi collaborator.

Nambiar was questioned for five weeks by Captain Naurang Singh Bains of the Indian Security Unit after being arrested in Austria in 1945.
During the interrogation, he revealed details of secret radio stations set up by Bose and his colleagues in Germany and Kabul (codenamed ‘Mary’).

Nambiar also disclosed messages received from Bose through the Japanese and Germans, and activities of the Free India Centre in Berlin.

“He (Nambiar) has given a very full account of Bose’s movements and actions up to the time of his departure for the Far East in 1943,” said a secret note dates September 29, 1945.

In his report, Bains described Nambiar as a “cunning, probably mean, emotional, characterless” man who was “out-and out anti-British” who personified “all kinds of subversive activities”.

After the war, he worked as counsellor at the Indian Legation in Berne, as Indian ambassador to Scandinavia and then to West Germany and finally as European correspondent of the 'Hindustan Times'.

He claimed this last post was a cover for industrial intelligence collection, the documents claimed.

In 1959 he was reported by a defector source to have been an agent for the Soviet GRU from the 1920s.

The British documents include names and details of Netaji-led Azad Hind activities in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.

The declassified files also include copies of letters from Nambiar to Bose recovered from the German submarine U-boat 234 after it surrendered during the Second World War.

A note in the files by V W Smith implies Nambiar's close association with Nehru, saying: "one may hazard the conjecture that the 'very prominent person' referred to be Nambiar is Pandit Nehru, who undoubtedly knows the full facts".

It goes on to say that his appointment as an Indian diplomat made him "indebted to his old friend Pandit Nehru".

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Destination Infinity October 26, 2014  

I want to read an autobiography of Subash Chandra Bose - can you write a mini autobio in your blog?

Destination Infinity

SM October 27, 2014  

@Destination Infinity

I will write
thanks for suggestion