A Nation in Making: Being the Reminiscences of Fifty Years of Public Life. Front Cover. Sir Surendranath Banerjea. Oxford University Press, – India – Sir Surendranath Banerjee (Bengali: সুরেন্দ্রনাথ বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়) (10 November – 6 Banerjee was soon dismissed for making a minor judicial error. and he went on to write the widely acclaimed A Nation in Making, published in In the end, Banerjea lost his job by committing a serious judicial mistake. Sir Surendranath Banerjea (), a foremost political leader of Bengal, dedicated his life to opposing colonialism through moderate but.

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A sea-voyage or a visit to Europe no longer involves the loss of caste. Old as he was and almost tottering with the weight of years, he did ail that was humanly possible. In London in Banerjea appealed to the British to modify the surendranat of Bengalreinstitute habeas corpusand grant India a constitution on the Canadian model.

Surendranath Banerjea

My friend read my thoughts in my face ; and, with the quick and responsive sensibility of his nature, he opened his letter in my presence and began to read it aloud. The THbune rapidly became a powerful organ of public opinion ; it is now perhaps the most influential Indian journal in the Punjab, and is edited by a gentleman who in his early career was associated with me as a member of the staff of the Bengalee, But it is not the only gift that the Sirdar surendranagh to the Punjab.

Occasionally, when the situation seemed hopeless, I had to appeal to my father, who had himself been a teacher. The bation of the Indian Association warmly congratulated them- selves on having discovered one who was the first Indian to stand for Parliamentary honours, and who was destined to occupy a leading place in the ranks of our public life.

Young as 1 was, I felt an interest in what was going on ; and one ih the earliest recollections of my boyhood is the sense of grief that I felt at the lot of a Banrrjea girl, a neighbour of mine who had just lost her husband, and how strongly I wished her to be re-married. Suther- surendranah did not get on at all well. I never could pass her house as a boy without the liveliest emotions. I decided in favour of the former course ; Sripad Babaji Thakur preferred to join the batch for But in the meantime ssurendranath silent and stupendous change has taken place.

There may be social difference between us. I lectured upon Mazzini, but took care to tell the young men to abjure his revolutionary ideals, and to adopt his spirit of self-sacrifice and devotion in the paths of constitutional development.


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Page 78 – It has now been demonstrated, by the universal outburst of grief and indignation which the event called forth, that the people of the different Indian provinces have learnt to feel for one another ; and that a common natino of unity and fellow-feeling is rapidly being established among them.

In he helped found the Indian Association to bring Hindus and Muslims together for political action. He came to me as a pauper and indeed a ruined man. There was thus the clear need for another political Association on a more democratic basis, and the fact was indeed recognized by the surencranath of the British Indian Association.

Thus equipped, I surwndranath thrown among boys who spoke nothing but English. Haryana, a Historical Perspective. Lovat Fraser of The Times has failed to whitewash. Gandhi Rao Pawar S. She sent me Rs. Thus, in our home, the two conflicting forces of those times met, but in no spirit of an tagonismThe predominant sjrendranath, however, was that of orthodoxy, represented by my grandfather, for the authority of the head of the family, even in matters of belief, was still paramount.

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His memory was marvel- lous, and every idea that was in the chapter was imprinted on his mind. In the address we made a pointed reference to the report about the coming restrictions on the Press, and we expressed the surendransth that the liberties so long enjoyed might be continued. We were requested to furnish explanations.

Page 96 – While we were having our National Conference in Calcutta, the Indian National Congress, conceived on the same lines and having the same programme, was holding its first sittings at Bombay.

This was clearly contrary to those obligations of natural justice which were incumbent upon all tribunals, or upon all bodies which had legal x to perform, however domestic the tribunal might be. At the time he happened to possess makinf influence with the Government, and succeeded in passing a law legalizing the re-marriage of Hindu widows.

Oxford University Press, I was appointed Special Delegate to visit the different pro- vinces. I felt that the political advancement of the country must depend upon the creation among our young men of a genuine, sober and rational interest in public affairs. It was an artifice that was sometimes resorted to by the ministerial officers to save themselves from censure.

The group of sentimental sym- pathisers have perhaps increased— shouting at public meetings on the Vidyasagar anniversary day, but leaving unredeemed the message of the great champion of the Hindu widow.


Soon after my return to Calcutta, a meeting was held in the theatre of the Medical College, to promote the Temperance movement. As a matter of fact the man had not absconded, and the object of the order was to avoid giving an explanation for the long pendency of the case.

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A great public meeting was held at the Town Hall on March 24, His father died before he won his case with the Civil Service Commissioners. When an unpopular measure is passed, the public for the moment submit as to the stroke of an inevitable fate. In the iron grip of ruin I had already formed some forecast of the work ttyat was awaiting me in life.

He was my senior by two years. The Hindu of to-day is very different from the Hindu as I saw him fifty years ago, and fifty years hence the difference between the old and the new will be even more marked. I said on one occasion during the Swadeshi agitation, 4 If I have contributed to the up-building of student life, the students in their turn have made me what I am.

They took us to be Prussian spies 1 Frenchmen at the time were in a state of unusual excitement. Sutherland, and then between the Government and myself ; and to me it was a real relief when it was all over and I knew where I stood.

The result, however, showed that there was the mailed fist concealed under the velvet glove, and that the gentle head master of the Colootola Branch School had been gifted by nature with what are believed to be incompatible qualities, a child-like simplicity and a fascinating amiability, combined with the firmness and strength of a leader of men.

Banerjea became a Calcutta college teacher and then editor of The Bengalee and founder of the Indian Association in Calcutta. I listen- ed to these friendly counsels with all the equanimity I could muster, but I never despaired, nor even was the exuberant joy- ousness of my youthful nature darkened by the heavy clouds that lay thick around me.

A superior officer can always make things very hot for a subordinate if he wants to ; and from the time that these unpleasant relations commenced, my position became extremely uncomfortable, if not absolutely intolerable.