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 in Bhavan’s journal during her school years and was inspired by them. In school, she was surprised that 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. Having actively participated in setting up his presentations in the USA, 2014 through 2016, she is now continuing in an advisory capacity as treasurer with FACT. She considers it her privilege to help Mr. Gautier in his mission of unveiling the true history of India at the planned museum.
Archana Sunil is a mom of two teenagers, small business owner and an Indian history enthusiast. She says she was unaware of the problems with history that she was taught until she was accidentally introduced to Francois Gautier’s work by a friend a few years ago. There has been no looking back since and she is in constant search for more knowledge and information on the history of her ancestors. She conducts a drama camp annually for children to teach them about their heroes and the rich heritage they have behind them. Archana feels privileged to have the opportunity to serve and further this cause