Four men sit on either side of a table — three on one side, one on the other — inside a small room at the treasury office in the Faizabad district collectorate. At one end of the table, against the wall, is a huge tin trunk from which workers take out items, one by one, gingerly, and place them on the table: brass glasses, a water pot, an axe, a cup. This is one of the 24-odd boxes containing the belongings of Gumnami Baba alias Bhagwanji, a seer who is said to have lived a solitary life in Faizabad and Ayodhya for nearly a decade until his death on September 16, 1985, and who, some believe, was Subhas Chandra Bose living in disguise. Starting February 26, the team in the treasury office has been unlocking these boxes and tallying the items in them against an existing inventory of the things recovered from Gumnami Baba’s house after his death. According to a 2013 order of the Allahabad High Court and subsequent directions from the Uttar Pradesh government, these belongings of Gumnami Baba will be kept on display in one of the seven galleries at the newly built International Ram Katha Museum and Art Gallery in Ayodhya. The museum had earlier been housed in a smaller building and a sprawling new museum building is likely to be inaugurated by Chief Minister...Read More
Byline: Ramendra Singh
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