“Any ruling government has always played a negative role and they have always imposed certain theories when it came to the charismatic freedom fighter, Subhas Chandra Bose. What we have experienced is, in declassifying audience is always in favour but never any party,” expressed noted author Anuj Dhar. He was speaking on ‘Inside the Subhas Bose mystery’ organised by Manthan at Chitnavis Centre on Thursday.
Dhar began his presentation by showing the trailer of his upcoming movie, ‘Gumnami’. He later put forth three theories about Subhas Bose’s death. He also explained the reasons why he supports some while completely disagrees with the other theories. The two theories, first that he died in plane crash in Taipei on August 18 in 1945 and another that he was living in Russia and later killed were completely ruled out by Dhar on the basis of official records he possessed and the statements made by the national leaders.
Another theory which did rounds around Bose is one of the most famous and debated theory of all times, that Subhas Chandra Bose lived in India disguised as a baba, normally addressed as Bhagwanji but after his demise in 1985, the local media outlets started calling him Gumnami Baba since not much was known about him.
Anuj Dhar also claimed that the evidence were found which suggested that Pt Jawaharlal Nehru government spied on Netaji’s family for over 20 years. And later it came to fire that anyone who was related to Netaji in some way or the other was under surveillance.
The explanation behind this that Dhar gave was, Intelligence Bureau always goes behind the people which are alive unless there were evidence of Bose’s well being, the IB would not have kept a tab on the whereabouts of anyone related to Netaji.
Speaking about the theory of Gumnami Baba, Dhar expressed that it is complicated and time-consuming as to it was found that he lived in multiple places including, Ayodhya, Neemsar, Faizabad, Lucknow, and Basti.
Gumnami Baba came to light when after his demise in 1985 when the place he lived was searched and a number of items that belonged to Netaji came to fore, including the picture of Netaji’s parents.
Bhagwanji also made a comment after the demise of then RSS chief, MS Golwalkar in 1973. In this, he mentioned that nobody will ever know the loss that he has faced.
Dhar concluded the presentation with a question as to why there are so many problems in the DNA tests of remains of Netaji and why they cannot be trusted, he also said that the claims by the forensic experts had been neglected which suggested that the handwritings of Subhas Bose and Gumnami Baba matched.
Satish Sarda welcomed Anuj Dhar on behalf of Manthan. Ankita Deshkar conducted the proceedings of the event while Rasika Joshi gave the vote of thanks.
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