Netaji Bhawan, Calcutta, where the museum, archives and library of Netaji Research Bureau are located is the ancestral house of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose owned and managed by the Bureau. Netaji is regarded as a national hero in India and widely respected in the whole of Asia for his struggle and sacrifice for the liberation of India and all Asian peoples and the establishment of an international order based on justice, friendship and cooperation. The house is a national shrine and visited by thousands of Indian and many people from the world over all the year round. It is thus the right place in the whole of Eastern India to be developed into a world-class international institute for promoting political, economic and cultural cooperation in Asia and beyond.
Netaji Research Bureau, founded in 1957 by Dr. Sisir Kumar Bose, was registered under the Societies Registration Act in 1961. Its declared aims and object cover the whole range of historical studies and research on the Indian independence movement, anti-colonial liberation struggles in Asia and related subjects. In the coures of its work the Bureau recognized the need to undertake study and research on the post- colonial political and social changes, economic progress and cultural development in India and other countries of Asia. Since 1973 it has organized several international conferences with the participation of delegates from Asia, Europe and America. Scholars and researchers form many countries have participated in such conferences and contributed fruits of their studies and research to this storehouse of knowledge and experiences. The museum, archives and library at Netaji Bhawan are truly international because historical materials from all over the world are preseved here. On the basis of historical material in its museum, archives and library the Bureau has published a large number of books, bulletins, monographs, journals, audio CDs, and video documentaries. Indian and foreign scholars have written biographies, historical texts, research papers etc. drawing from their studies at the museum, archives and library at Netaji Bhawan.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was the most forward-looking among India's national leaders. He founded the first National Planning Committee in 1938. Even when he was organizing and leading the Indian independence movement in Europe and Asia during World War II, he inspired and encouraged his associates and followers to plan for the reconstruction of free India.
The Netaji Museum, archives and library have been upgraded and modernized to provide the basis for the task of building political and socio-economic cooperation in Asia and the global South on a long-term basis.