Things are tumbling out from the boxes belonging to Gumnami Baba raising hopes of those who believe he was Netaji.
The latest in a series of belongings are family photos of Subhash Chandra Bose. One of the photos is of Netaji’s mother Prabhawati Bose.
Another photo shows 22 of Bose’s family members, including his father, Jankinath Bose, and mother.
The members are: (top row, from left to right) Sudhir Chandra Bose, Satish Chandra Bose, Sarat Chandra Bose, Suresh Chandra Bose, Sunil Chandra Bose and Subhas Chandra Bose. (Middle row) Jankinath Bose and Prabhawati Bose sitting with their three daughters. (Bottom row) Grandchildren of Jankinath Bose.
Gumnami Baba spent his last years at Ram Bhawan – between 1982 and 1985. Its owner Shakti Singh is assisting in the verification of the belongings.
He confirmed that the photo of Bose’s family members as well as other belongings were cross-verified by Lalita Bose, Netaji’s niece, in 1986, a year after Gumnami Baba’s death.
A lot of things directly or indirectly related to Netaji have been found among the 189 items in the chests of Gumnami Baba. Among them are:
- Photographs of Netaji postage stamps issued in 1963.
- Letters from Azad Hind Fauj veterans.
- Newspaper clippings of articles and stories related to Netaji.
- A round-frame specs like the one Bose used to wear.
- A Rolex watch, the type that Bose kept in his pocket.
- A uniform of Azad Hind Fauz.
- Books in both Bengali and English languages.
There is also a letter dated September 16, 1972 from the second RSS chief M.S. Golwalkar, which addresses Gumnami Baba as “Pujyapad Shrimaan Swami Vijayanandji Maharaj”.
So does this prove that Gumnami Baba was indeed Netaji?
It is difficult to say that at this stage. Social media users posit that Gumnami Baba could be an agent planted with belongings of Netaji to divert attention from the plane crash story. Anuj Dhar, a prominent Netaji researcher, says that there is no such evidence.
Baba’s belongings are being examined at the Faizabad district treasury in Uttar Pradesh. They will then be moved to Ram Katha Museum in Ayodhya.