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Account of the Revolutionary Movement in Bengal

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Author: Hem Chandra Kanungo
Ed : Amiya K Samanta
Pages: 344
Published in: January 2015
Binding: HB
ISBN: 978-93-80677-66-8

About the Book

Hem Chandra’s patriotism was not inspired by the ‘mother-in-bondage’ image of the country or by the accounts of her past glory. He loved his country not because what she was in the past, but because it was only natural for him to love his own country. Since countries like Italy and Russia used secret societies for freedom struggle and even in the Bore War the secret society played a crucial role, Hem Chandra thought that the “Bore method” was quite suited to our condition, and we decided to form secret societies.”
Hem Chandra’s account had drawn the attention of the Intelligence Branch as it contained strong criticism of the leadership of Aurobindo and Barindra and the religious influence on the movement for which the leaders were held solely responsible. The IB was prompted to translate the account not so much for information but for examining the potentiality of the Marxist standpoint from which the criticism was made in containing individual terrorism. We have retained the exhaustive notes of the IB and have added, wherever necessary, new editorial notes on the basis of information now available, and a long account of Hem Chandra’s life. The book first published more than 85 years ago, still stands out as an honest and forthright memoir of the revolutionary movement. Unpublished letters, rare photographs, copy of Barrindra’s confession etc will be off interest to the scholars in general.

Preface    i
Hem Chandra Kanungo :
A Rebel Extraordinary
Chapter I    Foreword
Chapter II    Initiation and the Guru who initiated
Chapter III    Before the Partition of Bengal
Chapter IV    Why the Secret Societies Failed
Chapter V    Political Liberation Through Religion
Chapter VI    Anti-Partition Movement
Chapter VII    Revolutionary Actions
Chapter VIII    Kshudiram
Chapter IX    The First Attempt to commit Revolutionary Murder
Chapter X    The First Attempt at Revolutionary Dacoity
Chapter XI    Second Attempt to Kill the Governor
Chapter XII    Joined A Revolutionary Party in Europe
Chapter XIII    Secret Societies in Maharashtra
Chapter XIV    The Beginning of Bomb in Bengal
Chapter XV    Hindu Conservatism
Chapter XVI    Before Arrest
Chapter XVII    May, 1908
Chapter XVIII    In Alipur Jail
Chapter XIX    Our Morale

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Weight 542 g


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