I saw Pran for one final time today. When I first met him nearly 11 years ago in Thiruvananthapuram, he instantly had a great influence on me. But today, the aura was gone and the mood was dull.
Yentha.com asked me what I think of women on Women’s Day. Here‘s my answer – “I consider woman as an equal to man, but for most societies, woman is still a lesser citizen from whom they want nothing but servile obedience. We always thought it was up to the government to correct that notion. By design, governments cannot empower women; only we can. We must start by reviewing the importance we give to the women in our circles. Society has the larger responsibility to foster their abilities through strategic programs. Rather than forcefully asking women to take up leadership positions, like in elections, we must give them an equal opportunity to come up through the ranks. No great woman we know of, emerged with the help of reservation.”
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?
I spoke to Yentha.com from Lucknow about the Netaji mystery and Mission Netaji’s efforts in resolving the mystery. Here is the link to the interview.
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.
On January 12, I was felicitated at my native place Pandalam for the efforts of Mission Netaji in unravelling the mystery about the disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
Attended the release function of two books on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, at the Mathrubhumi International Book Fair in Thrissur. Received the books from thinker-writer K Venu. Kerala Sahitya Akademi secretary R Gopalakrishnan, authors PS Rakesh, N Moosakkutty, and Mathrubhumi’s Dineshan Karippally also attended the function.
Will speak about Mission Netaji and the importance of declassification at the national seminar on the Netaji mystery at Kollam SN College on December 8. My good friend Anuj Dhar will deliver a talk on the mystery in detail. This will be my second function at SN College, and Anujda’s first in Kerala. Sincere thanks to the college authorities; special thanks to the department of history.
Will attend the release function of two books on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Thrissur on December 6. The event is being held as part of the Mathrubhumi Books International Book Festival. More than 10 lakh books from 350 publishers will be available at the event, which lasts from November 27 to December 13. Other people attending the event include Chandrasekhara Kambara, C Radhakrishnan, Subhash Chandran, Mammootty, B Sandhya IPS, IM Vijayan, and MP Veerendra Kumar. One book is Subhas Chandra Bose-inte Thirodhanam [Disappearance of Subhas Chandra Bose] by PS Rakesh and the other is the Athmakatha, a translation of Netaji’s autobiography An Indian Pilgrim, by N Moosakkutty.