Anuj Dhar in a national seminar at Bhopal January 2018
Anuj Dhar is an Indian author and former journalist. Dhar has published several books on the death of Subhas Chandra Bose which (according to official and academic views) 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 1985s after living as hermit monk named "Gumnami Baba Bhagwanji" in Faizabad. Dhar is also the founder-trustee of New Delhi-based not for profit organisation Mission Netaji.
ALTBalaji launched a web series BOSE: Dead/Alive on November 20, 2017. The thrilling nine-part series starring Rajkumar Rao unfolds the mystery behind Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s death and talks about India’s biggest cover-up. It was extensively researched for about 18 months including a comb through of Anuj Dhar's book.
Gumnami Baba Bhagwanji
Reportedly, at his funeral on 18 September 1985, one of the 13 attendants cried out, "…there should have been 13 lakh people here!"
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).
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 However, Mission Netaji claims that Dhar's research will prove that Bose actually escaped to the Soviet Union after the war. Justice Mukherjee Commission which probed the death of Subhas Bose later concurred with Dhar's claim that Bose was not killed in Taiwan, although the Indian government rejected the findings.
Highly regarded Netaji biographer Leaonard A. Gordon also penned a critical note on Dhar in a postscript of his book 'Brothers Against the Raj'. There Gordon pointed to the fact that Dhar misuses the Subhas Bose death mystery issue for contemporary Indian political purposes.
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