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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In these memoirs I have not always followed the chrono- logical order in developing the incidents of my life.

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But I pressed on. I recom- mended the late Sitala Kanta Chatterjee of Dacca for the post, and his successful career as the first editor amply justified my choice. A Brahmo leader who shall be nameless said to me, 4 Mr. A public meeting was held in Bombay, and the Civil Service Resolutions and Memorial were in substance adopted.

There was an durendranath air of discipline in the family. Born in the district of Mymensingh he was one year senior to mehe passed the Matriculation Examination from the Mymensingh Zilla School with great dis- tinction, standing sixth In the University list in order of merit.

I was then living with my friend, Mr. This is not the only time that I have had to perform a public duty under the weight of a great personal bereavement. People from different countries had come to witness the proceedings. We had a long talk. His name is commemorated in the names of the following institutions: 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. Banerjea was rejected on the grounds that he had misrepresented his age.

He was an Anglo-Indian and not very popular, as I soon discovered.

He was a European and I was an Indian. In it was separated from Bengal and included in the new province of Assam, and ever since it has remained a part of Assam, although it is a Bengalee-speaking district. Contact our editors with your feedback. Chatterjee got his Indian letter, but there was none for me. I maoing dazed, overpowered and lay half stunned.


I greatly benefited by my stay in his family. He was my senior by two years. If I were sixteen inI would be above the required limit of age in and would be disqualified ssurendranath that ground. The public men of the time were not forgetful of the lesson thus taught ; and k deputation of the Puna Sarvajanik Sabha, which visited Calcutta inpointedly referred to it at a confer- ence held in the rooms of the British Indian Association, as opening the way for the united political efforts of an awakened India.

A great deal, indeed, depends upon the personality of the Secretary of State for India. Chesson, Secretary of the Aborigines Protection Society, and from Sir David Wedderburn, brother of Sir William Wedder- bum, who is perhaps less known to the present generation than his distinguished brother, though he was one of the earliest to suggest representative government for India, and I had the honour of corresponding with him on surendraath subject. The whole plan of campaign we settled there.

I held no office, but I was one of the most active members of the Association. The Anglicized habits of some of those who had come back from England added to the general alarm. These two measures, the Arms Act and the Vernacular Press Act provoked widespread agitation, in which I took my humble share. Within twenty- four hours of it, there were laid on the table of the House of Commons, the Rules creating what was subsequently known as the Statutory Civil Service. My dearly beloved wife died on December 23, ; on the 26th I attended the meeting of the Indian National Congress of that year, and, in the absence of the gentle- man entrusted with the duty, I had to propose the election of the President, Pundit Bishen Narayan Dhur, about whose public career I had only a very general idea.

I soon helped to make student life instinct with a new spirit in Calcutta. Prinsep, who afterwards rose to be a Judge surwndranath the High Sugendranath, Mr. Wise man that he was, he rightly concluded that if 1 won he would win too ; for the two cases stood exactly on the same footing.


October Learn how and when to remove this template message. Page 90 – English rulers in the administration of their own domestic affairs ; and glad and happy should I be if, during surehdranath sojourn amongst them, circumstances permitted me to extend and to place upon a wider and more logical footing the political status which was so wisely given a generation ago by that great statesman, Lord Halifax, to such Indian gentlemen as by their influence, their acquirements, and the confidence they inspired in their fellow-countrymen, were marked out as useful adjuncts to our Legislative It was surendranat work, but I did not grudge it.

We were resolved to do all that lay in our power to bring about the repeal of the Press Act. An inadvertent mistake cost him his position as assistant magistrate in Sylhet. We baberjea at Southampton after a voyage of nearly five weeks.

Barack Obama, 44th president of the Un States —17 and the first African American to hold the…. A friend, now dead, who achieved considerable distinction as a member of the Calcutta Bar, advised me in a sympathetic vein that I should change my name, go to Australia and seek out a career there for myself. Long afterwards, inwhen I visited Deptford, Mr.

A Nation In Making

Once thrown into the vortex of public life, he was drawn into its deeper currents. Justice Dwarakanath Mitter, while still a member of the Bar, had formed the idea of organizing a similar Association which was to be the voice and the organ of the middle classes. We were the second batch. My name was duly put up. The night before I was restive, excited and unhappy, I knew not why.

But Hindu society salcT nothing, winked at it, forgot and forgave. Bonnerjee, who was then rising to the position which he subsequently occupied at the Bar, should be engaged as my counsel.