Anuj Dhar

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Anuj Dhar
Anuj Dhar
Occupation Author

Anuj Dhar is an Indian author and former journalist.[1] Dhar has published several books on the death of Subhas Chandra Bose which occurred on 18 August 1945, when a Japanese plane carrying him crashed in Japanese-occupied Taiwan. Dhar claims in his books that there was no air crash and that Bose actually died in the 1980s after living as hermit monk in Faizabad.[1][2] Dhar is also the founder-trustee of New Delhi based not for profit organisation Mission Netaji.

Dhar and Mission Netaji investigate the claims that Bose lived in the Uttar Pradesh state of India as a hermit till 1985.[3] In 2005, the Taiwan government provided emails to Dhar that it has no records of a plane crash during the period of 14 August to 25 October 1945, at the old Matsuyama Airport (now Taipei Domestic Airport).[4]

The scholarly view is that Bose died in the air crash and that theories that he did not are incorrect, speculative, mythical, and possibly fabricated[5][6][7][8][9][10] However, Mission Netaji claims that Dhar's research will prove that Bose actually escaped to the Soviet Union after the war.[3] Justice Mukherjee Commission which probed the death of Subhas Bose later concurred with Dhar's claim that Bose was not killed in Taiwan,[11] although the Indian government rejected the findings.[12]

In the book No Secrets, Dhar claims that, according to a newspaper article published by Bose's elder brother Sarat Chandra Bose in The Nation, Bose was in China in October 1949.[13]

Dhar's 2008 book, CIA's Eye on South Asia, compiled declassified Central Intelligence Agency records on India and its neighbours.[14]



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  3. ^ a b "Netaji did not die in aircrash, says web site". 18 March 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "No crash at Taipei that killed Netaji: Taiwan govt". Kolkata: Outlook India. 3 February 2005. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
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  6. ^ Bayly, Christopher; Harper, Timothy (2007), Forgotten Wars: Freedom and Revolution in Southeast Asia, Harvard University Press, ISBN 978-0-674-02153-2, retrieved 21 September 2013 
  7. ^ Bose, Sugata (2011), His Majesty's Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India's Struggle against Empire, Harvard University Press, ISBN 978-0-674-04754-9, retrieved 22 September 2013 
  8. ^ Metcalf, Barbara D.; Metcalf, Thomas R. (2012), A Concise History of Modern India, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-1-107-02649-0, retrieved 21 September 2013 
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  10. ^ Wolpert, Stanley (2009), Shameful Flight: The Last Years of the British Empire in India, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-539394-1, retrieved 21 September 2013 
  11. ^ "Netaji's dead but didn't die in crash, says report; long live the mystery". Indian Express. 
  12. ^ "The debate lives on". India Today. 
  13. ^ "New book seeks to solve Netaji mystery with brother's China claim". Kolkata: Indian Express. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  14. ^ Dhawan, Himanshi (1 May 2009). "Reveal names of moles in Indira cabinet: CIC to govt". Times of India. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "'India's biggest cover-up', book on Netaji mystery launched". Kolkata: The Economic Times. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  16. ^ Dhawan, Himanshi (1 May 2009). "Reveal names of moles in Indira cabinet: CIC to govt". Times of India. Retrieved 7 November 2013.