UP CM Akhilesh Yadav had assured last year that Gumnami Baba museum will be opened in Faziabad where the mysterious Baba lived until his death in 1985. The memorial will be set up at the ‘Ram Katha Sangrahalaya’ to keep the articles left by Baba. The mysterious Gumnami Baba is believed to be Subash Chandra Bose living in disguise in Faziabad for the last 10 years of his life. This is new perspective to the various theories regarding his death and has become even fiercer after the new theory was put forward by the Bose’s admirers.
In January 2013, hearing two writ petitions filed by Faizabad's Subhash Chandra Bose Vichaar Manch and Netaji's niece Mrs. Lalita Bose after Baba's death to ascertain his identity and protect his legacy, a Lucknow bench of the Allahabad HC recently ordered that a memorial housing articles left by Baba should be constructed within three months. The construction is not yet complete.
It is believed that Baba had an uncanny resemblance to Netaji, after his death when his articles were retrieved only supported the notion strongly. Justice M K Mukherjee, who headed the commission probing Netaji's death between 1999 and 2005, had collected the belongings from Faizabad, it is believed that it contained a pair of German binoculars, a Corona typewriter, a pipe (taken away for DNA but without result), a Rolex watch, a box of five teeth (also taken away but found not to belong to Bose) and a pair of silver, round-rimmed spectacles.
The documents received revealed that Gumnami Baba was in continuous correspondence with, including the likes of INA Secret Service sleuth Pabitra Mohan Roy, freedom fighter Leela Roy, Janata MP Samar Guha and the then RSS chief. Further letters from the former UP chief ministers Dr Sampurnanand and Banarsi Das, and former union minister Ghani Khan Choudhury were found in the belongings of the Faizabad monk.
After his death, Netaji's niece Mrs. Lalita Bose came to Ram Bhawan in Feburary 1986 she reportedly started ‘crying’ on seeing the items in the room and said that these things belong to her uncle (Netaji).
Even in 2010, the Justice Mukherjee also admitted in a documentary shoot that he was fully convinced Gumnami Baba was Netaji.
Family members of Subhash Chandra Bose recently met the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav and asked for a proper inquiry to ascertain the true identity of Gumnami Baba of Faizabad. The family was assured that a decision will be taken soon and memorial will be completed in timely manner.
Clearly, Gumnami Baba had been an extraordinary man however his identity as Netaji Subash Chandra Bose is yet to be ascertained. The details of Gumnami Baba of Faizabad need to be probed succinctly, so that nation should know what really happened with the great son of its soil.