Help establish a Museum of True Indian History

I am a French journalist, correspondent for ten years of the largest French Daily, Le Figaro and the author of a dozen History books on India (latest: A History of India As It Happened, Har Anand, New Delhi). I was witness of the exodus of 3 lakhs Hindus from the valley of Kashmir & it so touched me that I mounted an exhibition on the plight of the Kashmiri Pandits, which was opened in 2005 in Delhi's Habitat Center by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Followed a series of exhibitions on the Bangladesh minorities, Aurangzeb as he was according to his own records, Maharana Pratap, Ahiliyabai, etc.

At some point, we had so many exhibitions that the idea came to build a Museum of true Indian History. Sri Sri gave us five acres of land near the Pune airport and the project started in 2013. I have a great admiration for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, as he is the Napoleon of India, an incredible man, who with a few hundred men and his wits only, stood his ground against the  then  most powerful army in the world, that of Aurangzeb. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was much more than a warrior: he made laws, built the first Indian navy, was a staunch Hindu, yet donated to Sufi shrines and never harmed the wives and children of his enemies and had a vision of a unified India. Yet, his place in Indian history books is minimal and underrated. Thus we have chosen to honor him in this Museum.

Today we have eight Pavilions, each with a unique permanent exhibition, a Bharat Mata temple dedicated to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and a video room. The Museum is open from 9 to 6PM and entrance is free. I am in the process of erecting three new buildings, one for a Portuguese Inquisition exhibition, another for one on Tippu Sultan and one which will have a room with flat TV screens only, each one playing on a loop films, PPT's, etc.

This is a sewa project as both my wife Namrita and myself continue with our respective jobs, she as a textile designer and myself as a journalist and writer. Thus we depend entirely on donations to move forward. We have a registered trust, FACT (Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism), which has FCRA, as well as Indian, US & UK tax exemption.

We would like to take the Museum to the next level and our architect, Sheetal Harpale of Pune, has designed a wonderful building in the shape of a swastika, which will cost about seven crores to make and would be on par with any Museum in the world. Thus we appeal to your generosity -  this is a unique project, but extremely diffcult, as History has remained a taboo subject in India, though it has been distorted first by the British and then by Marxist historians for their own purpose.
Corporates are wary of donating to a Museum of Indian History, as they are used to give to health and education, needed areas no doubt, but as Sri Sri said, "no nation can move forward, unless it faces its own history squarely".

Thank you
Namrita & Francois Gautier

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13th August 2018
Dear friends,

I have built further the Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian History in Pune, which now has 14 pavilions, each with a unique exhibition, a marvellous Bharat Mata temples, where aarti is offered every day, a library, a video room and a garden.

Entrance is free and many school children are visiting (photos attached). However, we still entirely depend on donations and we need one lakh rupees a month for salaries and recurring expenses.

This is what we have initiated in 2018:
January: started a new painting exhibition on Shivaji Maharaj as a Vibhuti
February: Twin Exhibition, a ‘Tale of 2 brothers’, at Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts, New Delhi, inaugurated by Vice President. Also 2 days Symposium on the relevance of Sufism today with leading scholars
July: Started a new hall to house 2 day Shivaji Exhibition


The Museum is open from 9 to 6PM. We get about 100 to 500 visitors a day. The future Museum (plan attached), will cost approximately 10 crore rupees.

This Museum of 100.000 square feet, will house 70 exhibitions and state of the arts research and archives facilities. It is scheduled to open in 2020.

We need your help as this is a Sewa project which myself and my wife are doing along with our professions. She as a textile designer and myself as a journalist and writer. Please continue to support this campaign and spread the word in your social circles. Every little help counts! 

Thanking you
François Gautier
Rédacteur en chef La Revue de l'Inde
41 Jorbagh, New Delhi 110003,

Few pictures
19th March 2017
We inaugurated another Pavilion dedicated to Dr Kireet Joshi, a Vedic scholar and yogi who died three years ago.
28th January 2017
Dear Friends,

I have attached the photos of the latest exhibition of Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian History in Pune, with a new building, thanks to your donations. You can find it on the campaign page

raised of Rs.2,500,000 goal

339 Supporters

74 Days to go

Beneficiary: FACT info_outline
80G tax benefits for INR donations

Supporters (339)

VASUDEVA donated US $25
4 days ago

My humble contribution for this important great project.

Sanjay donated US $101
4 days ago
Abhay donated Rs.7,200
4 days ago

It's a proud privilege to contribute a small sum to a genuine initiative from a caring, knowledgeable Indologist of Francis' stature. There may not be better ways to celebrate on the eve of India's 72nd Independence Day ... !

Punit donated Rs.10,000
4 days ago

Great work. I had visited last month. One of the must visit places in Pune. Sadhuvaad. Punit

HRISHIKESH donated Rs.5,000
about 1 month ago
Anonymous donated Rs.1,000
2 months ago