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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Subhas_Chandra_BoseNew Delhi: One of the greatest mysteries which troubles India till date is the death of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. There have been various speculations revolving around it, one of them is Gumnami Baba, the ascetic of UP’s Faizabad, was actually none other than Netaji himself.

Surajit Dasgupta, 64, racked his memory to 33 years ago, and recalling he said: “He was seated before me like everyday when I had an urge to see him. I stole a glance and was so dazzled by the glow that emanated from within that I had to immediately lower my gaze. It is a sight I will never forget.”

Dasgupta was talking about Bhagwanji, an ascetic in Faizabad, and very few were privy that he was none other than Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The man who was proclaimed dead for past 37 years by some, others believing he still lived. Quite a few people felt that he would one day return to his homeland to prove all the doubting Thomases that he was indeed alive.

“Netaji’s associate and our guru, Sunil Gupta, had been visiting Bhagwanji for two decades. In the initial years, it was very secretive. He wouldn’t disclose where he was going. All that we knew was that he had some very important mission. Later, he cryptically said: ‘Contact has been established’. I knew at once he was referring to Netaji. I was thrilled. In the years that followed, I would accompany Gupta till the station as he took a train twice a year to travel to Neemsar and later Faizabad, once during Durga Puja and again on January 23, Netaji’s birthday. It was much later, in 1982, that Gupta decided it was finally time we could be let into the exclusive circle, and we travelled to Faizabad to meet Bhagwanji,” he reminisced.

Gupta had been ordered by Netaji’s elder brother, Suresh Chandra Bose, to investigate into every news and rumour related to Netaji’s return to India. Following different leads and meeting with dead ends, Gupta finally met Bhagwanji at Neemsar in 1962.

Dasgupta talked about some rules to be followed if you wished to pay a visit to Bhagwanji, one of them was that you were not allowed to look at his face. There was generally a short curtain drawn between him and the visitors that hid his face.

Dasgupta said: “We would go to his house every day, have breakfast and then go to shop for the day’s meals. While Saraswati Devi would cook, we would discuss world politics. After lunch, it could be about theology, music, even metaphysics. Sometimes, the discussions went on till the wee hours next morning. We would sit transfixed, listen with rapt attention and take notes. He predicted the disintegration of USSR that was unthinkable then, talked about the mess in the Vietnam War. He even remarked that communism would die in the place of its birth. During the Bangladesh Liberation War, he followed the developments keenly and we believe he even passed on strategic instructions that helped decide the war.”

After the initial visits, Bhagwanji started trusted the youth enough to not look at him and so stopped drawing the curtain, Dasgupta recalls. It is at one of those occasions that Dasgupta couldn’t resist a peek and he was astonished! “There was no mistake in identification that he was Netaji. His hair had thinned, much more than what we were used to seeing in his photographs. He had a flowing beard. But the features were exactly the same. Only, he had aged. The eyes were so powerful I had to turn away immediately. I realized then that the patriot our parents and we had worshipped since we were kids had reached a higher plane of existence. He had become a mahatma,” he said.

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Rita Banerjee of Faizabad, who Bhagwanji called as “Phoolwa Rani” and her husband as “Bachha”, talked about a “bright light” emanating from him. “The aura was so intense that I could not establish eye-contact with him.” Gyaani Gurjeet Singh Khalsa, the chief priest of Gurudwara Brahmakund Sahib overlooking the raging Saryu river, recounts a similar experience when he met Bhagwanji face-to-face. “I was a 17-year-old when I saw him. The radiance on his face was astounding. It cannot be explained in words,” he said.

Some of the people, including Dasgupta, who believed that Bhagwanji was indeed none other than Netaji, are fighting a silent legal battle with the Indian government to unveil the truth and destroy the lie (as they claim it to be) that is being propagated since past seven decades. In his later years, Bhagwanji related about his escape to USSR via Diren in Manchuria after the “concocted air crash” and also about how prison camps worked in Syria.

Bijoy Nag, 76, a former auditor at a private firm, also recalls a meeting with Bhagwanji with brilliant accuracy, “On my first visit, I touched his feet while he remained behind a curtain. Blessing me, he said: ‘Your dream is now a reality’. I was 31 and thrilled.” Nag met Bhagwanji 14 times between 1970 and 1985, and says each meeting was memorable.

Nag met Bhagwanji at Brahma Kund (Ayodhya), where he had stayed for a few months between 1975 and 1976. “I stayed in the room next to his. I could have looked at him any time if I wished because by then, the curtain had been drawn. He had only instructed us not to look at him and we didn’t disobey him,” says Nag, who had on Bhagwanji’s request collected and delivered photographs of Netaji’s mother, father and school teacher.

“Though I didn’t look at him, I don’t have an iota of doubt that it was Netaji speaking to me. It is an unshakeable truth,” he added. UP CMs Sampurnanand and Benarasi Dasgupta remained in contact with Netaji from December 1954 to April 1957. Their letters, including those from former railway minister Ghani Khan Chowdhury and other important leaders, were found among Bhagwanji’s belonging which are now in possession of the Faizabad Treasury.

The piece is sourced from TOI sources

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    Declassification of all Netaji files may prove that JAP AND BRIT JOINTLY PLAYED A FOUL GAME WITH NET@JI; In WW-I, J@pan was a Briti$ ally. Before WW-II, Jap-US trade war and political war started; this led to actual US-JAP war. So Briti$ became an enemy to J@pan by diplomatic manipulation as US-Briti$ alliance was there. After WW-II, J@pan revived their old link with Briti$. Jap and Brit spies were well linked before WW-II. JAP SPIES AGREED TO ELIMINATE NET@JI. Motive was to appease Brit and purchase security for Jap royal family. So, J@PAN HANDED OVER NET@JI TO BRITI$ AND BRITI$ EXECUTED HIM IN SECRETE. False news of air crash was Jap fabrication. In any controversial case, liar is to be suspected. Net@ji plan to start second independence war with USSR help was known to J@pan. So, Brit and Jap spies developed a common minimum program against pro-SOCIALIST agenda of Net@ji. Why should Jap imperialism agree to patronize emergence of independent India as a permanent communist ally? Is it not more logical to fulfill Briti$ condition and purchase favor? Why Jap royal family was not tried as a war criminal? What is the mystery behind this favor?
    There is another point about gumnami baba. Who was he? He was a dummy created as a part of common minimum program of Jap and Brit imperialism. In axis camp, creation of dummy by plastic surgery was a common practice. Hitler and Mussolini were having number of dummies. J@pan sold Net@ji-dummy to Briti$. Briti$ deputed this dummy at faizabad of UP, with a purpose to create confusion regarding Net@ji. This confusion prevented nation to be doubtful about role of Jap or Brit. So, gumnami baba of faizabad is a common creation of Jap and Brit spies. Never had he told truth. If he had told anything, that must be lie. In a controversial case, liar is to be suspected. So, J@PAN SOLD NET@JI TO BRITI$ AND BRITI$ EXECUTED HIM IN SECRET. J@pan sold Net@ji-dummy to Briti$ and Briti$ deputed him at faizabad of UP. J@PAN SURRENDERED TO US-UK SIDE ON 15-AUG-1945. Net@ji’s last flight was on 18-aug-1945. A SURRENDERED J@PAN WAS NO LONGER AN ALLY OF AZAD HIND. They worked as per their new mentors, the Briti$.

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    Declassification of all Netaji files may prove that JAP AND BRIT JOINTLY PLAYED A FOUL GAME WITH NET@JI; In WW-I, J@pan was a Briti$ ally. Before WW-II, Jap-US trade war and political war started; this led to actual US-JAP war. So Briti$ became an enemy to J@pan by diplomatic manipulation as US-Briti$ alliance was there. After WW-II, J@pan revived their old link with Briti$. Jap and Brit spies were well linked before WW-II. JAP SPIES AGREED TO ELIMINATE NET@JI. Motive was to appease Brit and purchase security for Jap royal family. So, J@PAN HANDED OVER NET@JI TO BRITI$ AND BRITI$ EXECUTED HIM IN SECRETE. False news of air crash was Jap fabrication. In any controversial case, liar is to be suspected. Net@ji plan to start second independence war with USSR help was known to J@pan. So, Brit and Jap spies developed a common minimum program against pro-SOCIALIST agenda of Net@ji. Why should Jap imperialism agree to patronize emergence of independent India as a permanent communist ally? Is it not more logical to fulfill Briti$ condition and purchase favor? Why Jap royal family was not tried as a war criminal? What is the mystery behind this favor?
    There is another point about gumnami baba. Who was he? He was a dummy created as a part of common minimum program of Jap and Brit imperialism. In axis camp, creation of dummy by plastic surgery was a common practice. Hitler and Mussolini were having number of dummies. J@pan sold Net@ji-dummy to Briti$. Briti$ deputed this dummy at faizabad of UP, with a purpose to create confusion regarding Net@ji. This confusion prevented nation to be doubtful about role of Jap or Brit. So, gumnami baba of faizabad is a common creation of Jap and Brit spies. Never had he told truth. If he had told anything, that must be lie. In a controversial case, liar is to be suspected. So, J@PAN SOLD NET@JI TO BRITI$ AND BRITI$ EXECUTED HIM IN SECRET. J@pan sold Net@ji-dummy to Briti$ and Briti$ deputed him at faizabad of UP. J@PAN SURRENDERED TO US-UK SIDE ON 15-AUG-1945. Net@ji’s last flight was on 18-aug-1945. A SURRENDERED J@PAN WAS NO LONGER AN ALLY OF AZAD HIND. They worked as per their new mentors, the Briti$.

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Subhas Chandra Bose Didn’t Die in an Air Crash, Suggests French Report

The French government has always been silent on the issue, adding more significance to the findings

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Subhas Chandra Bose and the mystery around his death
Subhas Chandra Bose with Mahatma Gandhi at the Indian National Congress meeting. Wikimedia
  • Paris based historian, J B P More, through a brief French secret service report came up with a finding that Bose didn’t die in an air crash and was alive in 1947
  • The French government has always been silent on the issue
  • The Indian government, supposedly ended the mystery some time ago, by replying to an RTI query

New Delhi, July 17, 2017: Seventy-two years since the report of the death of Subhas Chandra Bose, but the debate regarding the real timing and cause of his demise continues. Whether the plane crash story holds any ground or not, is still a mystery that is yet to be solved.

Three commissions were appointed by the government of India to resolve the deeply rooted mystery. Among them, The Shah Nawaz Committee (1956) and Khosla Commission (1970) concluded that Bose died in an air crash on August 18, 1945, at Taihoku airport in Japanese-occupied Taipei, whereas, the Mukherjee Commission came to the conclusion that he did not die in an air crash. Although the Government rejected the claims of the Mukherjee Commission, this did not refrain the scholars around the world to get deep into the case to find the truth.

Recently, Paris-based historian, J B P More stumbled upon a brief French secret service report dated December 11, 1947, at the National Archives of France. He came up with a finding that Bose didn’t die in an air crash and was still alive in 1947.

Also read: Personal life of Subhas Chandra Bose generates divisive views

“It is not stated in the document that Subhas Chandra Bose died in the air crash in Taiwan. Instead, it is reported that Bose’s present whereabouts were unknown as late as December 1947, which again implies that the French did not buy the theory that Bose died in the air crash on August 18, 1945,” said More, who teaches at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales, Paris.

“But he escaped from Indochina alive and his whereabouts were unknown as late as December 11, 1947, as reported in the secret document. This implies that he was alive somewhere but not dead in 1947,” More added, quoting the report written for the “Haut Commisariat de France for Indochina” SDECE Indochinese Base BCRI No. 41283 csah Ex No. 616, under the title: “Archival Information on Subhas Chandra Bose.”

After Bose took off from Saigon on his way to Tokyo, the British and the Japanese too declared that Bose died in an air crash, but the French government always remained silent on the issue, though Vietnam/Indochina was a French colony during the 1940s.

Also read: 100 files related to Netaji declassified by PM Modi on his birth anniversary

Scholars have expressed their concern regarding the need for the findings in the report to be taken seriously. “Even though the Mukherjee Commission concluded that Bose didn’t die in an air crash, the government didn’t recognize it. The Centre’s idea to ‘declassify’ secret files on Bose may not help, But findings like this have significance,” said Kingshuk Nag, a noted journalist and author of the book “Netaji: Living Dangerously.”

Only some time ago, The Ministry of Home Affairs, India, supposedly ended the mystery by replying to a Right To Information query filed by Sayak Sen. MHA reportedly said: “After considering the reports of Shahnawaz Committee, Justice GD Khosla Commission and Justice Mukherjee Commission of Enquiry, the Government has come to the conclusion that Netaji has died in plane crash in 1945.”

Now, Paris-based historian J B P More, with his findings, seems to have given a new shape to this enigma.

– prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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Personal life of Subhas Chandra Bose generates divisive views

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Kolkata: Netaji’s aura made people curious about the revolutionary leader’s personal life, giving strong and divisive views.

Files declassified by the Narendra Modi government reveal that serious objections were raised about Emilie Schenkl being acknowledged as Netaji’s wife and Anita Bose Pfaff as his daughter.

According to one document, the home ministry, on February 6, 1980, wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the external affairs ministry and the Research and Analysis Wing saying it had “no records of Netaji’s marriage” or “birth of a female child”.

“The ministry (has) no records pertaining to Netaji’s reported marriage to a foreign lady or birth of a female child by that marriage. Intelligence bureau has also been consulted, and they have no record in this regard,” reads the letter signed by Vinay Vasistha, under secretary in the government.

The move from the home ministry came after then West Bengal Governor T N Singh enquired about the identity of Anita Pfaff whom he met at the Raj Bhavan.

Singh made the enquiry following a letter by Arun Ghose, a member of the All India Freedom Fighters’ Samity, raising serious doubts about Netaji’s marriage.

Incidentally, according to another document, the PMO in 1978 had affirmed Emilie Schenkl to be the widow and Anita Schenkl to be the daughter of Netaji.

A cursory glance of the file reveals the following:

– It had been acknowledged that Emilie Schenkl was the widow of Subhas Chandra Bose and Anita Schenkl his daughter.

– The family members of Subhas Chandra Bose had also accepted this.

– Anita Bose visited India in 1960 and was staying in the PM’s house for some time.

– All India Congress Committee has been sending Rs.6,000 annually to Anita upto 1964, reads the PMO document.

The PMO’s reply was made after Justice G.D. Khosla, who headed the enquiry commission to probe the disappearance of Netaji, sought to examine the panel’s report after he was sued for defamation on his claims in his book that Anita was Netaji’s daughter.

In another letter dated November 1963, bearing his stamped signature, then PM Jawaharlal Nehru said he was aware that Netaji had married.

“I had this knowledge that either in Germany or Austria he had married and had a daughter who two-three years back visited India and met Subhas Babu’s family in Kolkata,” reads the letter in Hindi.

There is another document wherein one Hari Pada Bose in March 1962 had written to Nehru enquiring if there existed any official record of Emilie Schenkl’s marriage to Netaji and the birth certificate of his daughter.

In the memorandum attached to the letter bearing the sign of PM’s private secretary ML Bazaz, it has been stated that Hari Pada Bose’s letter was “not acknowledged”.(IANS)

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Netaji couldn’t have lived as hermit: Madhuri Bose

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Kolkata: Seeking to dispel the theory that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose lived as a hermit till 1985, a family member on Monday asserted that the nationalist leader could not have chosen renunciation over his motherland.

At the launch of her book, Bose’s grand niece Madhuri Bose quoted one of Netaji’s earliest writings to buttress her claims.

Netaji in his writing ‘Pebbles on the Seashore’ had said: ‘Embracing Sanyasa when your country needs you is only a refined form of betrayal’. So a man who had such a belief cannot have lived a life of a monk as has been claimed for long.

Her book “The Bose Brothers and Indian Independence: An Insider’s Account” was released by West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at Raj Bhavan here.

What I know of the man, I do not believe he lived as the Gumnami Baba. A man who always believed in serving the nation, a man whose every word reflected his determination to serve the motherland, would not be in hiding or isolation.

Following his disappearance after an alleged plane crash in Taiwan in 1945, there have been many conspiracy theories surrounding Netaji, including one that he came back to India and lived as Gumnami Baba alias Bhagwanji in Faizabad and Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh for 30 years.

Several researchers, including Anuj Dhar, who has written several books on Netaji, endorse the Gumnami Baba theory.

Justice Manoj Mukherjee, who headed the Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry into Netaji’s disappearance, also subscribed to the view in a comment that was captured on camera.

On the occasion, Tripathi as well as former Supreme Court judge A.K. Ganguly gave rave reviews of the book, asserting it will bring out many unknown facts about Netaji and his relationship with his elder brother Sarat Chandra Bose. (IANS)(Picture Courtesy:yahooinswitch.tumblr.com)