Francois Gautier is a French political writer and journalist based in India ,since 1971. Gautier is the founder of the Foundation for Advancement of Cultural Ties (FACT), an NGO which is ‘committed to highlighting the magnificence of India and the threats to its sovereignty’. He has written 9 plus books on India and its culture and history many of which are best sellers. He has also won the pretigious Nachiketa award for excellence in journalism and the Bipin Chandra Pal award. He is a regular contributor in many popular magazines and other journals. In 2012, he founded the Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian History which was inaugurated by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Ajit Pawar and Nitin Gadkari. He lives with his wife Namrata Gautier in Pondicherry – India.
Chandrakala Kamath is a retired general surgeon. She has lived in New Jersey ever since she came to the USA, many years ago. She had read
C. Rajagopalachari’s Mahabharata and Ramayana, as also K.M.Munshi during her school years and was inspired by them. In school, she was surprised to find the history curriculum barely mentioned great Indian achievements prior to, as also during, the Moghul and British period.
In the late 80’s and 90’s she read and was impressed by Mr. Francois Gautier’s articles relating to this aspect of our history, appearing from time to time, in India Abroad and other publications here. So, when she heard him speak at Arsha Bodha in New Jersey some years ago, she was inspired to help. She has been involved in organizing his presentations in the USA, since 2014.
She considers it her privilege to help Mr. Gautier in his mission of unveiling the true history of India at the planned museum.