High under pressure, Anuj Dhar who discovered some missing files on Netaji and achieved star status for his effort to make Netaji Files public by the West Bengal government last week has changed his views significantly now.
The author of ‘India’s Biggest Cover-up’, Anuj Dhar has coined a new theory that Bose might have stayed in China around 1949, citing a news story run by Netaji’s brother, Sarat Chandra Bose in his newspaper ‘The Nation’. The story with the headline ‘Netaji in Red China’ was published in 1949 based on hearsay than any proof.
Dhar, who is planning his next book aptly titled: ‘What Happened to Netaji?’ has suddenly given life to decades-old theory that Netaji lived as “Gumnami Baba” in Amarkantak for some time before moving to Faizabad where he had built an ashram and lived.
Secondly, Nehru had sent one of his cabinet colleagues in 1957 to check on Gumnami Baba and the report he received was that the Baba was not Netaji for sure. If Anuj Dhar can dig further, he may be spared from the accusation of being a researcher in pursuit of an answer, not proof of Netaji’s disappearance.
Thirdly, there is also a theory that Gumnami Baba was an imposter by foreign intelligence agencies and he had a stream of foreign visitors at his ashram. Above all, it is still possible to conduct DNA tests on Gumnami Baba’s body at Faizabad ashram that can prove or provide a link to Anuj Dhar’s new belief.
As such the claim was categorically dismissed by the Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry in 2006 and Dhar may prove it wrong with some new proof now. In fact, the pictures of Baba appearing on Internet were illustrations developed in mid-2000s by a photo gallery studio near the ashram and later computer-generated by Hindustan Times.