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Surendranath Banerjee

August 28, 2012

Surendranath Banerjee

Surendranath Banerjee ( 1848-1925) was an major figure in early Indian nationalilsm. He founded the Indian National Association and later became a senior leader of the Indian National Congres s. He was also known by the sobriquet, Rashtraguru ( the teacher of the nation). Banerjee received his early education at Doveton College in Calcutta. Upon taking a degree in English literature from Calcutta University, he went to London and in 1869 became the second Indian to succeed in the Indian civil service competitive examination. His grasp of the English language and his skills as an orator and debater made him an outstanding public speaker and a master parliamentarian. He reached the peak of his political career in opposing the partition of Bengal in 1905, an official action which was modified in 1911. During these years he was often called “ the uncrowned king of Bengal “ He was elected to the reformed Legislative Council of Bengal in 1921, knighted in the same year, and held office as minister for local self government from 1021 to 1924

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