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A C N Nambiar described as a Soviet spy by declassified documents of National Archives

Oct 27, 2014 17:17 IST

Former Indian ambassador, Arathil Candeth Narayan Nambiar was described as a Soviet Spy by the declassified documents of the National Archives of Britain. The documents were released on 24 October 2014 under the 30-year-rule.

The declassified documents said that Nambiar, who was a deputy of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and was also old friend of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, went to Berlin in 1924 as a journalist and worked with the Indian communist group, visiting Moscow as a Soviet guest in 1929, the year when he came under the radar of the British intelligence services.

Some other facts revealed by the declassified documents at the National Archives are

• Nambiar was expelled from, Germany on the outbreak of the Second World War but was allowed to return as Subhash Chandra Bose's deputy in Berlin
• He became a German-financed leader of the Free India Movement in Europe after Bose moved to the Far East to join the Japanese
• He lived in Europe during 1930s and 1940s
• In June 1945, he was arrested in Austria and was interrogated in September 1945 as a Nazi collaborator
• After World War-II, he worked as counsellor at the Indian Legation in Berne, as Indian ambassador to Scandinavia and then to West Germany
• He worked as European correspondent of the Hindustan Times
• The British documents also include the 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 which recovered from the German submarine U-boat 234 after it surrendered during the Second World War


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