The very name of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose continues to inspire generations of Indians even today. If his life and times were marked by the tumultuous events of the independence struggle, his death has remained an enigma in itself. There have been many conspiracy theories surrounding his death mystery and his death in a plane crash in 1945 at Taihoku (in the present-day Taipei) is the most prominent one, which is also accepted by the Indian government.The government of India had instituted three inquiry commissions – under Shahnawaz Khan (1956), Justice Khosla (1970) and Justice Mukherjee (2006) to look into Subhas Chandra Bose death. The first two commissions were unanimous in their findings that Netaji had died in a plane crash on August 18, 1945.However, the third enquiry commission under Justice Mukherjee had concluded that Subhas Chandra Bose plane crash theory had no basis as there was no plane crash on August 18, 1945. Chandrachur Ghose, a writer on economics, environment, history and politics along with Anuj Dhar and other friends formed the pressure group Mission Netaji in 2005 to generate public awareness over the official secrecy on matters related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Since then he has been instrumental in bringing thousands of Netaji-related classified documents into the public domain.Chandrachur Ghose and Anuj Dhar’s latest work, #Conundrum: Subhas Bose’s Life After Death is made into a Bengali film named #Gumnaami by #SrijitMukherji, where actor Prosenjit Chatterjee will be playing the lead role.The conundrum is born out of extensive research by Anuj Dhar and Chandrachur Ghose who have been pursuing the trail of Subhas Chandra Bose’s mysterious death in an air crash, and the existence of a Gumnaami Baba in Faizabad, UP, a couple of years after the incident.Both Dhar and Ghose have been working for the past 15 years, to unearth all the official documents and government files which bears evidence that Gumnaami Baba and Subhas Chandra Bose, were, in fact, the same people.There is well-researched evidence presented, from the Declassified documents from the Justice Manoj Kumar Mukherjee Commission of Enquiry (formed in 1999), which investigated all the probable theories of Subhas Chandra Bose’s death and debunked the myth that Subhas Chandra Bose died in an air crash, on the basis of significant circumstantial evidence.There is other evidence too, including the letters written by Gumnaami Baba to his close associate from INA, Dr Pabitra Mohan Roy; to freedom-fighter Leela Roy and the journals of various other former revolutionaries like Kamal Kanti Ghosh, Sunil Das and people from Anushilan Samiti, who visited Gumnaami Baba, or Netaji, in secrecy and made notes of what he told them during the discussion.Meanwhile, the duo will be appealing to the #AllahabadCourt, to initiate a fresh enquiry into the case. The findings will not just validate the research carried out by Sir Chandrachur and Sir Anuj, but also change the way we perceive the history of the Indian Freedom Struggle.The truth will emerge one day. Subhash Chandra Bose remains in the heart of Indians as a heroic figure. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose continues to inspire millions of Indians through his indomitable courage and unflinching patriotism. His slogan Jai Hind has been taken by the Indian government as its national salutation.
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