Mathrubhumi: ചരിത്രം ഉറ്റുനോക്കുന്നു, ഗുംനാമി ബാബയുടെ പെട്ടികളിലേക്ക്

I wrote an article in Mathrubhumi about the meeting the Bose family and Mission Netaji had with the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and the belongings of Gumnami baba, the mysterious hermit, whom many thought was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose living incognito. The article is in Malayalam.

Netaji mystery: Afterlife of Subhas Chandra Bose

The probability of Netaji having an extraordinary afterlife in India, under the guise of a sanyasi, is very strong. Following the meeting with Bose family members and Mission Netaji, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has expedited the process to move the belongings of the sanyasi to the Ram Katha museum in Faizabad. Since the money for the museum is spent from the state treasury, the government will have to answer who he was, by means of an official inquiry. If it appears that he was Netaji himself, who will embrace the accountability of lying on record to the people of the world’s largest democracy over the fate of their hero?

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A very positive meeting with Akhilesh Yadav

Members of the Bose family and Mission Netaji had a wonderful 75-minute meeting with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav at his residence. All eyes are now on him to put an end to the Netaji mystery. He promised us that the Gumnami baba museum would be opened very soon. We requested him to set up an inquiry into the identity of the baba. We now await his announcement. Thanks to him for the wonderful South Indian breakfast! Following are some news reports.

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In Lucknow for Operation Kalidas!

The whole Mission Netaji team and some members of the Bose family have landed in Lucknow for Operation Kalidas! We will meet Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav today to discuss Gumnami baba. We will request him to expedite the inauguration of the museum to hold the belongings of the baba and declare an inquiry to establish his identity. People believe he was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose living incognito until 1985. Following are news reports about the event on Times of India and Mathrubhumi.

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Technopark: Honour of being felicitated by Vivekananda Study Circle

Today, I had the honour of being felicitated by the Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC) in Technopark, for Mission Netaji’s efforts to solve the Netaji mystery. I spoke to a curious audience about the Netaji mystery and the steps taken by Mission Netaji in cracking it. Thank you VSC. Dr BK Krishnan Nair spoke about Vivekananda’s ideals. Technopark Today and Mathrubhumi daily covered the event.

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Four things only Modi can do to solve Netaji mystery once and for all

To reach a closure on the Bose mystery, the Narendra Modi government must adopt a four-step plan. One, release all known files in the government’s possession. Two, release all intelligence files. Three, influence other countries to release their files on Bose. Four, appoint a special investigation team to probe the matter further.

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Times Now: Declassification day debates

I was on Times Now today in two special live broadcasts with Padmaja Joshi. One was to discuss some of the letters about Netaji, which were declassified today. The second was the Times Now special broadcast on declassification. Some of the other panelists were my friend Anuj Dhar, Netaji’s daughter Anita Pfaff, and grandnephew Ashis Ray. Unfortunately, the videos of the debate are not available.

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NewsX: Declassification day discussions

Mission Netaji’s Chandrachur Ghose and I were panelists on NewsX on various discussions about the declassification of the first tranche of Netaji files. While Chandrachur was in the studio from morning till night, I was on air for nearly 7.5 hours. Thank you NewsX for the support. Personally, it was a great feeling to see 100 documents coming out after a very long battle.

Times Now: Debate on declassification day eve

Mission Netaji’s long battle since 2005 will taste a major success tomorrow with the declassification of the first tranche of Netaji files. Times Now’s Anand Narasimhan conducted a debate with Netaji’s nephew Ardhendu Bose, grandnephew Abhijit Ray and me on the panel, on the importance of declassification. Unfortunately, the debate video is not available.

Janam TV: Mission Netaji has nothing to do with Tashkent man report

Talking to Janam TV about the forensic study comparing Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose with an unidentified man at the Tashkent discussions. Some media houses like The New Indian Express attributed the credit of the study to Mission Netaji. But Mission Netaji is, in now way, involved in this study. Needless to say, those who use our name in this, have only malicious intentions. Here is the video (in Malayalam).

Was Netaji in Tashkent in 1966? No

A new report has now surfaced, stating an unidentified man in the Tashkent discussions in 1966 was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. But it is clear that such a forensic report where the analyst himself has pointed out that various other possibilities including the Tashkent man being a Netaji lookalike, and the need for further analysis on the skin tone, frontal bone, hair pattern, nose, ears, and eyes, can we really say the report is conclusive? Sound judgement is “No, it indicates only a possibility”. Millar has also said only that much.

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