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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Inhe founded baenrjea newspaper, The Bengalee [2] Inwhen Banerjee was arrested for publishing remarks in his paper, in contempt of courtprotests and hartals erupted across Bengal, and in Indian cities such as AgraFaizabadAmritsarLahore and Pune. But Hindu society salcT nothing, winked at it, forgot and forgave.

For more than three generations early marriage was unknown in our family. The case was originally on the file of Mr. 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. I prayed for the hearing of the case in Calcutta, and, further, that I should be provided by Government with counsel for my defence. I held no office, but I was one of the most active members of the Association.

Its constitution was modelled on that of the Indian Association of Calcutta. After the founding of the Indian National Congress in in BombayBanerjee merged his organization with it owing to their common objectives and memberships in Evidently those who trusted me with these plenary powers and they are the highest which a magistrate under the Indian Law can exercise thought that either I was innocent of the charges upon which I had been removed from the Indian Civil Service, or that I had outgrown my former self and changed my character within the brief period of eight years.


The empire of the teacher is an ever-endur- ing empire, which extends over the future. An inadvertent mistake cost him his position as assistant magistrate in Sylhet. Oxford University Press, 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. But she possessed extraordinary gifts of common- sense, sympathy and courage.

In judging of the honoured dead, let us weigh the good with the evil ; in his case natiln good certainly preponderates. The moderates welcomed it while the extremists opposed it.

Having been away from home so long, we wanted to be in Calcutta during the Durga Pujas, our great national festival, which usually takes place about the end of September or early in October.

The City College was founded in We were welcomed wherever we went, and everywhere there was a disposition to treat us with the kindness due to strangers. 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.

Book review ‘A Nation in Making’: Banerjea’s nation-A man and his history

Sir TarcJcnath Palit was his guide, philosopher and friend. He was lame and had a wooden leg. That will not do in London. My father was by no means orthodox in his ways, and his trans- gressions against strict orthodoxy were numerous and grave ; but a visit to England was not one of them. I stayed in Calcutta after my return from England for about a month.


He was a veritable pundit ot the old type, straight, stern, irritable, but with a large fund of the milk of human kindness. In the midst of natio ruin and dark, frowning misfortune, I formed the determination of addressing myself to the task of helping our helpless surendeanath in this direction.

A Nation In Making

For the seeds that he sowed are bearing fruit ; and sruendranath the Aligarh College, now raised to the status of a University, is the centre of that culture and enlightenment which has made Islam in India instinct with the modem spirit, and makng with that patriotic enthusiasm which augurs well for the future solidarity of Hindus and Mohamedans. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of It is worthy of attention that in those days Government servants were permitted to attend political meetings and to take an interest in political affairs.

Vijayaraghavachariar Khan Das M. The outlook was truly dark.

Sir Surendranath Banerjea (Author of A Nation in Making)

From the days of my infancy he had formed the idea that education in England would be helpful to me in life. We had no casket, for we could get none made at Delhi within the time allotted. We discussed the matter.