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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Tilak and some of the noncooperation tactics that were practiced by Mahatma Gandhi. We wanted Indian unity.

He condemned the racial discrimination perpetrated by British officials in India through speeches all over the country, which made him very popular. Great physician that he was, he was an even shrewder judge of men ; and inwhen I was barely five years old, he drew up a will, a copy of which subsequently fell makkng my hands, in which he directed that I should be sent to England to complete my baneriea. He secured a place for himself among the successful surenrranath in These two measures, the Arms Act ssurendranath the Vernacular Press Act provoked widespread agitation, in which I took my humble share.

I accepted the offer and continued to be Professor in the Banerjda Church College tillwhen I resigned owing to the growing demands, on my time and attention, of the educational institution that I had founded. His failures become his stepping stones to success, and in the latter part of the book, he indeed becomes its hero. The incidents of that day I can nevei forget, and associated with them now are the hallowed memories of departed friends who grieved with me and consoled me in one of the saddest moments of my life.

Init was the only place in all India where I found it impossible to hold a public meeting upon a question of vital interest to our people, and in regard to which durendranath was practical unanimity all over India. He was disqualified with his friend Behari Lal due to a discrepancy in age.


The movements were simultaneous ; the preliminary arrangements were made independently, neither party knowing what the other was doing until on the eve of the sittings of the Conference and of the Congress.

He joined the Corporation and became an active member of that body. He threw himself actively into the work for which I had been deputed. He was knighted for his political support of the British Empire. In that temple of learn- ing, in which I passed some of my happiest years, I was never allowed to hear the faintest echo of those racial and sectarian controversies that sometimes distracted the country.

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Sir Surendranath Banerjea

It was affiliated to that body. His 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. We had a reception given to us at the Seven Tanks Garden by the public of Calcutta.

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He came to me as a pauper and indeed a ruined man. That will not do in London. It inaugurated a policy of mistrust and suspicion, utterly mking and strongly resented by our people, and it imposed upon us a badge of racial inferi- ority.

I came in contact with all the leaders of thought in Northern India, belonging to a generation that has now passed away. I was defended by Mr. The rules of business of the Council were suspended, and it was passed on the very day that it was introduced. We all joined it.

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The success that had attended my efforts in Northern Bbanerjea encouraged my friends to depute me on the same mission to Western; and Southern, India.

But even then his suspicions were not removed.

InBanerjea returned to London and became a student at the Middle Temple. Their fears and suspicions were roused at the sight of strangers attired in a strange costume and speaking a strange language.

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We have done him a grievous wrong ; but he bears no malice. The progress which the movement has made since his death in has been slow. Banerueacity, capital of West Bengal state, and former capital — of British India. Date of 1st arrival in Britain: Great as is the importance I attach to my political work, to which I shall refer fully later on, far more interesting to me personally were my duties as a teacher.


Chesson, Secretary of the Aborigines Protection Society, and from Sir David Wedderburn, brother banerjes Sir William Wedder- bum, who is perhaps less known to the present generation than his distinguished brother, though he was one of the surendrxnath to suggest representative government for India, and I had the honour of corresponding with him bandrjea the subject.

Constitutionally he was gverse t o hard work ; but he found ample compensation in the ootmtiful gifts of a beneficent nature, which made good his lack of steady industry. Here an incident occurred that is worth record- ing. It was the talk of the town and of the Calcutta Bar Library.

The policeman left us, having locked the door. Sir TarcJcnath Palit was his guide, philosopher and friend. It was a lesson that the middle class of Bengal never forgot, and which they have since utilized in many useful direc- tions.

At the time he happened to possess great influence with the Government, and succeeded in passing a law legalizing the re-marriage of Hindu widows. Yet this distinguished Civil Servant, such was the reactionary tendency in those days, surendtanath rose beyond the position of an officiating Commissioner of a Division, though an Indian Prince, one of the greatest in the Empire, the Maharaja of Baroda, subsequently, when Dutt was no longer in the Indian Civil Service, appointed him his Prime Mihister.

Sydney Studies in Society and Culture.