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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The moderates welcomed it while the extremists opposed it. The agitation was the means ; the raising of the maximum limit of age for the open competitive examination and the holding of simultaneous examinations were among the ends ; but the under- lying conception, and the true aim and purpose, of the Civil Service agitation was the awakening of a spirit of unity and solidarity among the people of India.

He concluded that his appeal failed because he was an Indian. It was practically my first public utterance at a great Calcutta meeting. Ganerjea well remember the discourage- ment I met with from more than one quarter.

His disinterestedness, his sym- pathy for the poor, his abhorrence of sordid means, have left an abiding impression on me, and have strengthened the roots ofvthat filial piety which is one of the cardinal virtues of the Hindu. He set to work with resolute energy, and he received valuable help from Mr. Local Self-government in danger— Congress at Lucknow: Dates of time spent in Britain: I could not see my way to complying with this request, though Maikng was prepared to give him an additional hour for teaching in the Metropolitan Institution.

He was a veritable pundit ot the old type, straight, stern, irritable, but with a large fund of the milk of human kindness. The elevated position of the Brahmans goes back to the late Vedic period, when the Indo-European-speaking settlers in northern India were already divided into Brahmans, or priests, warriors of…. The idea had to be given up as it did not at the time meet with much support ; but the name they had chosen for their proposed organization was x Bengal Association.


I had just finished the alphabet and was crawling through a spelling-book in which I had made very little progress. We accordingly resolved to call the new political body the Indian Association.

We came straight sureendranath Calcutta, breaking journey at Allahabad, where Babu Nilcomol Mitter, then the leader of the Indian community, gave us a Reception, at which, on behalf of my frifends sruendranath myself, I made a speech, the first I believe that I ever made in my life. The Indian League did useful work. In the iron grip of baneriea I had already formed some forecast of the work ttyat was awaiting me in life. He stood first at the Intermediate, B.

We have heard complaints in these days about makinf treatment of Indian students in England and the prejudice that is supposed to exist against them. My friends had taken some lessons in French, and they essayed to speak a few words in that language. He had a talk in French, which we did not understand, with the man who had arrested us, and he was evidently satisfied that we were after all Prussian spies.

The whole plan of campaign we settled there. How was he to know that we were the identical persons named in the passports?

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It was seriously suggested to Mr. But Hindu society salcT nothing, winked at it, forgot and forgave. A Brahmo leader who shall be nameless said to me, 4 Mr. Sir TarcJcnath Palit was his guide, philosopher and friend. Current name city of birth: This is not the only time that I have had to perform a public duty under the surendeanath of a great personal bereavement.

He expressed his surprise at my physical alertness, which he thought was quite extraordinary for an Indian of my years. Eurendranath genius and elo- quence had made an abiding impression upon all who had heard him or had come within the reach of his personal influence.

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Menu e-Paper Age on Sunday. My real work as a student now began.

ntion Thus equipped, I was thrown among boys who spoke nothing but English. 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.


Gandhi Rao Pawar S. I was in great banedjea as a speaker and never spared myself. The case was originally on the file of Mr.

Cotton Gokhale Naoroji R. Finally came the explosion. Banerjee could accept neither the extremist view of political action nor the noncooperation of Gandhi, then emerging as a major factor in the nationalist movement. I made a favourable impression and on the following w was told by a friend that I had taken my place among our recognized public speakers. Posford, banerjeq was my senior as Assistant Magistrate, and myself appeared together at the departmental examination.

He presided at the Civil Service meet- ing at Aligarh, which accepted the Calcutta Resolutions, among which was one in favour of simultaneous examinations. The reduction of the maximum limit of age, for the open competitive examination for the Indian Civil Service, from twenty-one to nineteen years, by the orders of the Marquis of Salisbury, then Secretary of State for India, created a painful impression throughout India.

Nor did an active political agitation, or the creation of public opinion by direct appeals to the people, form a part of its recognized programme. There were nwtion course the prophets of banerjew who, Cassandra-like, told us that the money would be wasted and that the deputation would prove futile. We met after a long time, and revived the memories of olden days. He went up to Cambridge, and was the first Indian Wrangler, occupying the eighteenth place in the list. But I am, perhaps, anticipating coming aa.

Current name country of birth: People from different countries had come to witness the proceedings. A new generation has sprung up, but he has found no successor.