Anuj Dhar

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Anuj Dhar
Anuj Dhar
Anuj Dhar in a national seminar at Bhopal January 2018
NationalityIndian
OccupationAuthor

Anuj Dhar is an Indian author and former journalist.[1] He has published several books around the locus of death of Subhas Chandra Bose that propounds conspiracy theories about his' living for several years after the purported plane crash[2][3][1], thus contradicting the current scholarly consensus.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Dhar is also the founder-trustee of a not for profit organisation Mission Netaji which campaigns for the declassification of documents concerning Bose.[11]

Claims[edit]

Dhar has claimed that Bose had lived in the Uttar Pradesh state of India as Gumnami Baba, a hermit till 1985.[12][13] The claims were debunked by the Mukherjee Commission which rejected any linkage between the two, in light of a DNA profiling test.[14]

He also believes that Bose escaped to Russia (then, Soviet Union) after the crash and has accused successive Congress governments of being a part of broader conspiracy to keep Netaji dead.[13] The Mukherjee commission did not locate any relevant material in the KGB archives.[15]

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).These records played a major role in the final assertion of Mukherjee Commission about the implausibility of Bose dying from an air crash.[16][17] Historian Sugata Bose has rejected the analysis in light of the fact that the region and the airport was under Japanese occupation until 1946 and it was around 1949 when the Taiwaniese government finally consolidated itself.[14]

In the book No Secrets, Dhar states 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.[18]

Dhar's 2008 book, CIA's Eye on South Asia, compiled declassified Central Intelligence Agency records on India and its neighbours.[19]

Criticism[edit]

Netaji biographer Leaonard A. Gordon also penned a critical note on Dhar in a postscript of his book Brothers Against the Raj. There Gordon alleged that Dhar misuses the Subhas Bose death mystery issue for contemporary Indian political purposes, although the allegations look unfounded considering that Dhar's research is based on the files declassified by the Government of India.[20]

Bibliography[edit]

Year Book Publisher ISBN Reference
2005 Back from Dead: Inside the Subhas Bose Mystery Manas Publications ISBN 81-7049-237-8 [21]
2008 CIA's Eye on South Asia Manas Publications ISBN 978-81-7049-346-4 [19]
2012 India's Biggest Cover-up Vitasta Publishing ISBN 978-93-80828-69-5 [21]
2013 No Secrets Vitasta Publishing ISBN 978-93-82711-05-6
2019 Conundrum (along with co-author Chandrachur Ghose) Vitasta Publishing ISBN 978-9386473578

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugh Purcell. "Subhas Chandra Bose: The Afterlife of India's Fascist Leader". History Today, Volume: 60 Issue: 11 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  2. ^ "A Saint with no name". The Daily Star. The Daily Star. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  3. ^ Kirpal, Raman (12 July 2012). "Why Subhas Chandra Bose's death is India's 'biggest cover-up'". First Post India.
  4. ^ Bandyopādhyāẏa, Śekhara (2004), From Plassey to Partition: A History of Modern India, Orient Blackswan, ISBN 978-81-250-2596-2, retrieved 21 September 2013
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ Gordon, Leonard A. (2006). "Legend and Legacy: Subhas Chandra Bose". India International Centre Quarterly. 33 (1): 103–112. ISSN 0376-9771. JSTOR 23005940.
  10. ^ Lebra, Joyce (2008). The Indian National Army and Japan. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. ISBN 9789812308061.
  11. ^ Hugh Purcell, "The Afterlife of India's Fascist Leader: The Intriguing Death of an Indian Holy Man in 1985 Suggested That He Was None Other Than Subhas Chandra Bose, the Revolutionary and Nationalist Who, It Is Officially Claimed, Died in an Air Crash in 1945. the Truth, However, Is Harder to Find," History Today, November 2010, http://www.questia.com/read/1G1-242453005/the-afterlife-of-india-s-fascist-leader-the-intriguing
  12. ^ "Netaji did not die in aircrash, says web site". Rediff.com. 18 March 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Netaji did not die in aircrash: web site". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  14. ^ a b Bose, Sugata (21 January 2013). His Majesty's Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India's Struggle against Empire. Penguin Books Limited. ISBN 9788184759327.
  15. ^ "Mukherjee Commission returns sans Netaji documents". Rediff. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  16. ^ "No crash at Taipei that killed Netaji: Taiwan govt". Outlook India. Kolkata. 3 February 2005. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Netaji's dead but didn't die in crash, says report; long live the mystery". Indian Express.
  18. ^ "New book seeks to solve Netaji mystery with brother's China claim". Indian Express. Kolkata. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  19. ^ a b Dhawan, Himanshi (1 May 2009). "Reveal names of moles in Indira cabinet: CIC to govt". Times of India. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  20. ^ Leaonard A. Gordon (2014). Brothers Against the Raj: A Biography of Indian Nationalists Sarat and Subhas Chandra Bose. Blaft Publications. pp. 392–394. ISBN 978-8129136633.
  21. ^ a b "'India's biggest cover-up', book on Netaji mystery launched". The Economic Times. Kolkata. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2013.