I am Sreejith Panickar, founder-member of Mission Netaji, an Indian research group that tries to solve the Netaji mystery. In Oct-2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited the Bose family and Mission Netaji to his New Delhi residence, and made the historic announcement to declassify the Netaji files. In Feb-2016, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav invited the Boses and Mission Netaji to his Lucknow residence, to discuss Gumnami Baba, a hermit, whom many thought was Netaji in disguise. Yadav then expedited the movement of the baba’s belongings to a museum and formed the Justice Sahai Commission of Inquiry to probe the matter.
In Sep-2016, I deposed before the Sahai Commission and submitted my views of the Gumnami Baba angle to the Netaji mystery. I also met Ram Naik, Governor of Uttar Pradesh to submit a memorandum to speed up the proceedings of the Commission.
I have written opinions and articles on leading publications such as Daily Mail, Sunday Guardian, and Mathrubhumi. BBC, Tehelka, Malayala Manorama, and Mathrubhumi have featured the work of my group in the past. I write columns on India Today’s DailyO and DC Books’ Emerging Kerala. I am also a debate panelist on national television and have appeared on Times Now Newshour with Arnab Goswami, NewsX, Asianet News, Mathrubhumi News, Manorama News, Janam TV, and People TV. Do check out my blog here.