Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Revolutionary's Life: Bandi Jeewan

Bandi Jeewan Bandi Jeewan by Sachindra Nath Sanyal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book which according to a British secret report sent "more young men to the jails and gallows than any other book" is a first-hand account of the revolutionary movement in India during the second and third decades of the twentieth century. Sachindranath Sanyal, who was awarded the life-imprisonment twice by the British authorities in India gives a vivid account of what it meant to struggle for one's freedom during the colonial rule. It also details the often-negative attitude of the Congress top-leadership towards the revolutionaries. An interesting read though the Hindi of the first volume is a little tough to understand at times.

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First Line: Kisi samaj ko pehchanane ke liye us samaj ke sahitya se parichit hone ki param avashaktya hoti hai, kyonki samaj ke pranon ki chetna us samaj ke sahitya mein bhi pratiphalit hua karti hai.

Ed. Pt. Satyanarayan Sharma

Pub Details: 1922. ND: Sakshi Prakashan, 2015
Pages: 368


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8 comments:

  1. Congrats on putting this one behind you! It sounds interesting, but maybe a little heavy to be enjoyable.

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    1. All thanks to you Jane for hosting the challenge which made me persist with it despite the very Sanskritised Hindi at times. It is a moving testimony of the times.

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  2. This one does sound interesting, Neeru, and it's an important part of history. Perhaps one to read in digestible pieces?

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    1. You are right Margot, this is a very important piece of Indian history but sadly hardly anybody is interested in these books nowadays.

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  3. Neer, the INC did actually neglect the revolutionaries mainly because Gandhi was against the use of any form of violence to win India's freedom. I will keep this book in mind as I'm passionate about reading Indian history.

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    1. The INC and Gandhi have much to answer for Prashant. Do let me know how you find the book if you read it.

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  4. Neer – Thanks for the review. Aside from Gandhi, a few World War II stories, and the harrowing account of famine in Howard Fast’s novel, THE PLEDGE, I’m sorry to say I have not read much about India’s history.

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    1. That you know even these is pretty remarkable Elgin. I'll look for Howard Fast's novel. Thanks for letting me know.

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