Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Downplaying Sri Aurobindo and Subhas Chandra Bose

Heehs is not making an original observation when he refers to Sri Aurobindo and his associates as terrorists.

Finally, readers should know that Heehs is not making an original observation (even if it be a negative one) when he refers to Sri Aurobindo and his associates as terrorists. He faithfully toes the line of leftist historians of India such as Bipan Chandra and Romilla Thapar, who took over the reins of the ICHR (Indian Council of Historical Research) in the seventies. It was after this takeover that there was a systematic downplaying of the role of revolutionary leaders such as Sri Aurobindo and Subhash Chandra Bose. Bipan Chandra refers to the revolutionaries of the freedom movement of India as “revolutionary terrorists” in his India’s Struggle for Independence 1857 – 1947. The book was published in 1989 by Penguin, long before Peter Heehs came of age. Given that it is extremely difficult in India to gain entry into this elite coterie of leftist historians without whose approval no reputed publishing house will publish your work (however well-researched), it is not difficult guess why Heehs opted for this official line of thought. Academic success was obviously more important to him than historical truth. Posted by General Editor at 8/05/2015 10:25:00 AM

Gandhi's war on the revolutionaries was the industrialists' too - Mahatma Gandhi's war on Indian revolutionaries This article has been co-authored by Saswati Sarkar, Shanmukh and Dikgaj.
Gandhi was not consistent in his denunciations. He recognised the revolutionaries of all other countries as patriots, but he was more than step-motherly towards Indian revolutionaries

Section D: Gandhi did not utter one word in support of revolutionary Jatin Das' martyrdom in non-violent protest
Section F: Gandhi did not try to commute the sentence of Bhagat Singh and his Comrades
Section H: Gandhi called student revolutionaries criminals and traitors
Thus, Gandhi waged a war against the revolutionaries throughout, except possibly during a brief window of 1942 when he seemed to be condoning violence against the British. This is also the period in which he thought that the British was losing the second world war. The story does not however end with him.
Section J: The war that Gandhi's closest lieutenants (Nehru, Patel, Azad, Rajagopalachari, GD Birla, Pant) launched on the revolutionaries
We now describe how Mahatma Gandhi's closest lieutenants opposed the revolutionaries.
Section K: The continuity of British regime banished the revolutionaries from public memory and feted all those who betrayed them

[12] Saswati Sarkar, Shanmukh, Dikgaj, Chandra Mauli Singh, "Why Brits disliked Netaji and made a Mahatma out of Gandhi"
[56] Saswati Sarkar, Shanmukh, Dikgaj, "Subhas Chandra Bose's connections with revolutionaries of India''
[57] Saswati Sarkar, Shanmukh, Dikgaj, "Netaji's Modernism Versus Gandhi's Spiritual Swaraj''
[88] Shanmukh, Saswati Sarkar, Divya Kumar Soti and Dikgaj, "Was Gandhi a Christian in Faith and Hindu in Name?'', DailyO, 17/07/2015.

Savitri - 01: Sri Aurobindo's use of the word Supermind in the Secret ...
Sri Aurobindo's use of the word "supermind" seems to be different in the Arya period and in the post-Arya period of his writings. Since The Secret of the Veda 

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