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Anuj Dhar and Chardrachur Ghose's book Conundrum: Subhas Bose's life after death released;Film based on the book to hit cinemas on Jan 2020

Kolkata, May 14(UNI) Netaji researchers Anuj Dhar and Chandrachur Ghose today released their book Conundrum: Subhas Bose's life after death, in the presence of National Award-winning film director Srijit Mukherjee and Bengali superstar Prasenjit Chatterjee.
The book, which is based on 15 years of research, claims to prove Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose actually lived after his reported death in 1945, in Faizabad and various parts of Uttar Pradesh, as Bhagwanji and spent his last days in utter misery, in the guise of spiritual recluse, now called Gumnami Baba.
The authors claimed that Conundrum has laid these facts based on circumstantial, forensic and other evidence that they sourced from both private and government sources.
"We meticulously followed every conceivable lead on the mysterious disappearance of Netaji before zeroing on the catastrophic truth about the fate of the man who freed India," the authors said.
"We rummaged through a host of material, most importantly the letters Gumnami Baba wrote to Pabitra Mohan Roy, a former INA intelligence man and later elected to Bengal assembly," said Chandrachur Ghose.
"In these letters, Gumnami Baba referred to events of his past life as Netaji as well as events related to him in 1960s and beyond. He also wrote about the plane crash incident of 1945, which he said was a smokescreen of his escape, and also revealed the time he spent in Siberia in Soviet Russia after his reported death," Mr Ghose commented.
Several freedom fighters and Netaji's close compatriots like Leela Roy, Sunil Gupta, Sunil Das met him from 1962 to 1985 and identified Gumnami Baba as Netaji, he added.
Anuj Dhar, who has earlier penned two more books on Netaji---" India's Biggest Cover-Up" and "What Happened to Netaji" said the government forensic experts gave false opinions before Justice Mukherjee Commission which prevented the commission from arriving at the right conclusion.
"Curt Baggett, who has given testimony as an expert in courts in all the 50 states of the US and over a dozen countries across the globe, carried out his analysis not knowing it was related to Netaji or Gumnami Baba and was free from prejudices or political implications which might be attributed to an Indian expert," Mr Dhar said.
"Baggett employed a methodology said to be used by the FBI and the US Treasury Department and found 'a significant number of similarities of identifiable handwriting characteristics' in Netaji's and Gumnami Baba's handwriting. He concluded that they were 'the same person,'"hestated.
The former journalist, also said the DNA report furnished by two government labs to Justice Mukherjee Commission were misleading."The Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL)
Kolkata report did not provide the electropherogram of Gumnami Baba's DNA anyalysis, a chart on which the experts base their findings. They said it is 'controversial in nature' when we asked for it through RTI,"Dhar said.
"The DNA test conducted by CFSL was premeditated is proven by the fact that its finding was leaked, months before the test was completed, to a top Bengali daily"he claimed.
Srijit Mukherji, who has already announced a movie on Gumnami Baba title "Gumnaami" with actor Prosenjit Chatterjee in the lead, said he always felt the officially accepted plane crash theory ended Netaji's life at an "abrupt note" and there was more to his story than met the eyes.
"It's much more than a book...it involves India's greatest son who was denied the adulation, honour, recognition, and even research. As a child, the books I read on Netaji's life, ended on a very odd and abrupt note, which as a creative person I did not like," he opined.
The noted film director said that certain sections of the society felt the book and the movie were an attempt to subvert other opinions and theories about Netaji's."I want to say...it isn't doing anything of the sort. The writers have just put cold logic in front of the people of India and it is for us to ask questions," he stated.
"I am trying to put together a narrative in a language, I know the best... and with it, we are going to put the questions in front of the nation, and we will be allowed if we are allowed to ask questions in this nation," he added.
Prosenjit Chatterjee said he felt truly lucky to be able to play the role of two real-life characters, first Lalan Fakir in 'Moner Manush' and now Gumnami Baba.
"For me, it's a blessing to be chosen for the role. Subhas Chandra Bose will always be very close to our heart...he is probably the last hero, the real hero of our country," he said.
"As Srijit said, we did not know till now, what exactly happened to Netaji. No movie, no story can be complete abruptly. But, this book puts out hard facts based on 15 years of research and throws light on the last days of Netaji's life," Chatterji added.
"Gumnaami", will be released on January 2020 in Bengali and Hindi.
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