Anuj Dhar in a national seminar at Bhopal January 2018
Anuj Dhar is an Indian author and former journalist. 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, thus contradicting the current scholarly consensus. Dhar is also the founder-trustee of a not for profit organisation Mission Netaji which campaigns for the declassification of documents concerning Bose.
Dhar has claimed that Bose had lived in the Uttar Pradesh state of India as Gumnami Baba, a hermit till 1985. The claims were debunked by the Mukherjee Commission which rejected any linkage between the two, in light of a DNA profiling test.
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. The Mukherjee commission did not locate any relevant material in the KGB archives.
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. 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.
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.
|2005||Back from Dead: Inside the Subhas Bose Mystery||Manas Publications||ISBN 81-7049-237-8|||
|2008||CIA's Eye on South Asia||Manas Publications||ISBN 978-81-7049-346-4|||
|2012||India's Biggest Cover-up||Vitasta Publishing||ISBN 978-93-80828-69-5|||
|2013||No Secrets||Vitasta Publishing||ISBN 978-93-82711-05-6|
|2019||Conundrum (along with co-author Chandrachur Ghose)||Vitasta Publishing||ISBN 978-9386473578|
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