Brief excerpts from a new book about Indian patirots/revolutionaries in Edwardian London between 1905 and 1910. They were inspired by Shyamji Krishnavarma whose early years are described in these excerpts.
My new book “IDEAS, BOMBS, and BULLETS” explores the brave exploits of Indian patriots living at India House in London between 1905 and 1910. They dedicated their efforts towards gaining independence for India – complete liberation from British imperialist rule. India House, which was in north London, was purchased by Shamji Krishnavarma, a barrister and leading scholar of Sanskrit. If his origins in Mandvi (Kutch, now Gujarat) were humble, his academic acheivements were quite the opposite as these excerpts from my book explain:
Shyamji Krishnavarma (‘Shyamji’) was born in Mandvi, an estuarine seaport in Kutch, in 1857. Until June 1948, Kutch, a largely arid desert area, was one of the semi-autonomous Indian Princely States controlled by the British Government in India. Sandwiched between Sindh (now in Pakistan) and the Saurashtra peninsula, Kutch is now part of the State of Gujarat.
Mandvi was an important trading centre. It…
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