Talk:Satish Ranjan Das

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truly a great person. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:04, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

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Das and Indian Nationalism[edit]

Revisionist accounts of the Doon School "founder," Satish Ranjan Das, especially in India's popular dailies, paint him in nationalistic colors. In fact, S. R. Das was anachronistically conservative in politics to the point of being anti-nationalist. He was one of the few Indians who did not condemn the massacre at Jallianwallah Bagh in 1919, and one of the few who did condemn the nationalist boycott of the Simon Commission in 1927.

    • Gandhi (Mahatma), M. K. (1935), Young India, 1927-1928, S. Ganesan, retrieved 25 June 2012 
      • CONDOLENCES, MKG: I tender my respectful condolences to Mrs. SR Das and her family on Sjt.1 SR Das's death. Though I had little in common with the deceased in politics, I could not but recognize his phenomenal generosity and his open-heartedness. Many do not know how this great man beggared himself so that no worthy cause might knock in vain at his door. 1st November, 1928. (Footnote 1.: Srijut (pronounced [Srēyüt]) which is a prefix for a male of hindu religion in India.)
    • Srivastava, Sanjay (1998), Constructing Post-Colonial India: National Character and the Doon School, Routledge, p. 25, ISBN 978-0-415-17856-3, retrieved 25 June 2012 
      • On 11 April 1919, buildings, the city of Amritsar was placed under martial law and an army officer. General Dyer, was put in command. The scene was set for one of the most infamous events of the whole of the nationalist period. The carnage at Jallianwala Bagh, where on 13 April a crowd - unaware of prohibitions on public gatherings - was fired upon, was to find a prominent place in the nationalist consciousness of sacrifice and martyrdom: "Official estimates later spoke of 379 killed. ... Dyer's only regrets ... were that his ammunition ran out, and that the narrow lanes had prevented his bringing in an armoured car ... (Sarkar 1983: 190-1)" The event and official reaction to it caused wide-spread dismay and anger around the country with Rabindranath Tagore renouncing his knighthood. .... Finally, the government established a commission of inquiry to investigate the Punjab disturbances. The findings of the Hunter Commission Majority Report, made public on 28 May 1920 and condemned by Gandhi as 'whitewash', absolved the Punjab administration of all blame. On the very same day S.R. Das made the following entry in his diary: "read ... Government of India Dispatch in the Hunter Report. Considering all the circumstances I think the despatches are very satisfactory ...." His indifference, indeed antagonism, towards nationalist condemnation of the events in Punjab is not difficult to understand in light of the fact that as early as January 1920 he had been sounded out about the possibility of a position on the Executive Council of the Governor-General.
    • Srivastava, Sanjay (1998), Constructing Post-Colonial India: National Character and the Doon School, Routledge, p. 27, ISBN 978-0-415-17856-3, retrieved 25 June 2012 
      • The second event of major significance through which we may trace the life and thoughts of Doon's founder occurred in November 1927, ... This was the establishment of the all-white Simon Commission to inquire into constitutional and political reform, and the unprecedented opposition to it. In country-wide strikes and demonstrations people marched with 'Go Back Simon' banners and in Calcutta, Das's home city, there were 'massive demonstrations... [and] ... simultaneous meetings in all the 32 wards...calling for a boycott of British goods' (Sarkar 1983:265). The tumult found Dan engaged in furious lobbying with several prominent politicians: and hardy a month after the passing of a resolution by Nehru in favour of 'complete independence', a somewhat disheartened Das wrote to his son that: "I had also a lot of political work to do on account of this ridiculous boycott of the Simon Commission. I met a number of prominent politicians and argued with them for hours. I think I did some good work but in our unfortunate country one can never predict an hour beforehand what our politicians will do. (letter dated 5 fan. 1928)" Fowler&fowler«Talk» 07:47, 25 June 2012 (UTC)