Debate anything, anywhere, and with anyone!
I am Sreejith Panickar, a political analyst and socio-political debater on national and regional television channels and radio stations such as Doordarshan, Times Now, NDTV, CNN News18, NewsX, India Ahead News, Mathrubhumi News, News18 Kerala, Twentyfour News, Janam TV, Reporter TV, Amrita TV, Kairali-People TV, and All India Radio. I have been a regular on TV debates since 2015, and would you believe, my debut was with ‘the’ Arnab Goswami!
Take a pause, read, and move on!
I write columns for India Today Group’s DailyO and DC Books’ Emerging Kerala. I have published opinions, articles, and op-eds in leading newspapers such as the Daily Mail UK, Sunday Guardian, Mathrubhumi, and Deepika.
On the trail of a mysterious person, from my college days!
I am one of the five founder-members of Mission Netaji, an Indian research group that tries to solve the Netaji mystery. Media houses such as BBC, Al Jazeera, Tehelka, Malayala Manorama, and Mathrubhumi have featured the work of my group in their publications.
Once upon a time, I witnessed a piece of history!
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 the presence of home minister Rajnath Singh and foreign affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. 100 days later, Mission Netaji was invited to the event at the National Archives in New Delhi, where the Bose files were released. Quite memorable as I was on live television for 7.5 hours that day discussing the files released. I was also invited by the Indian government to attend the 75th anniversary celebrations of Azad Hind Government at Red Fort, New Delhi, in Oct-2018.
Some minor lobbying with my friends!
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. Based on our request, Yadav expedited the movement of the baba’s belongings to a museum and formed the Justice Sahai Commission of Inquiry to probe the matter. I also met Ram Naik, Governor of Uttar Pradesh to submit a memorandum to speed up the proceedings of the Commission. In 2017, Mission Netaji met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath to request help in solving the Gumnami Baba mystery once and for all.
Well, I’m CW5!
In Sep-2016, I deposed as Commission Witness 5 before the Sahai Commission in Lucknow and submitted my views of the Gumnami Baba angle to the Netaji mystery. It was quite a struggle to convince the Commission to record my views as he was circumspect to do so, but I succeeded in driving home my point.