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Mystery deepens today on Subhash Chandra Bose. Who was Gumnami Baba? Read the full column below and the two newspaper articles.

Everything needn’t be proved. The world can as well live, with unproven stuff. For there is no scientific proof that God exists. Yet the majority on planet earth, believes in some form of God. Arising, purely out of faith. And ‘faith moves mountains’ as the saying goes. Post Subhash Chandra Bose’s air crash some believed he was dead, and some felt he was alive. In Lucknow there was a strong buzz, that Subhash Chandra Bose is alive and in solitary confinement near Ayodhya, and this how the story goes.

‘When I was young and in school in Lucknow. There were rumours galore that an old ‘Baba’ stays near Ayodhya in a secluded ‘math’ and that he is Subhash Chandra Bose in hiding. And that many senior political leaders and government officials often come to see him but no civilian is allowed to meet him. So, then, who was he, if not Subhash Chandra Bose? This was the mass hearsay in Lucknow, Faizabad and Ayodhya around late sixties and early seventies. The veracity of this story can be traced back to some intelligence archives of the UP Government. But the moot question remained, why was Subhash Chandra Bose in hiding?

And, to that we were told that Government of India had an unwritten understanding with the British after independence. If at any point of time Subhash Chandra Bose was found alive post the air crash on 18th August 1945 he would be handed over to the British Government for his secessionist acts. Where, the only punishment would be ‘capital punishment.’ But Government of India could not have handed over its worthy son of the soil to the Britishers even if secretly committed. So, when Subhash Chandra Bose was found alive, after the air crash he was kept under house arrest, and in hiding at a secret location in Ayodhya. And, later after some years there was a rumour that the baba died.

Whether proven or unproven. There is no smoke without fire and such issues where the masses are not at rest keep simmering off and on.

Read this article by M.J. Akbar on Nehru snooping titled,

“Some Fire Smouldering Within Smoke” a nice article by M.J. Akbar

Another interesting article after what I wrote above. Who was Gumnami Baba?

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