03 March, 2021

When Titans Roamed The Party

Acknowledging subaltern studies, the Cambridge school and the Communists, this monumental history establishes the primacy of the INC to the freedom struggle

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When Titans Roamed The Party

At this the lowest moment in the nearly 130-year-old life of the Indian National Cong­ress, it is only meet that we should look back at how the party grew, evolved an inclusive Indian national identity and elaborated a framework, at once political as well as ethical and intellectual, for a free and independent India. Amales Tripathi’s Bengali-lan­g­uage mas­terpiece has now been made available to us in English translation by his son, Amitava Tripathi, who retired recently after a distinguished career in the Indian Foreign Service. It is an ext­remely fine and readable translation, for it reads as fluently and idiomatically as if one were reading a book written originally in English. The only fault, if that be one, is that since the book was originally written for a Bengali audience (and serialised in Desh) there is sometimes a distracting venture into details of the impact on Bengal politics of competing national forces and personalities. Oth­er­wise, the translator has done more than justice to his father’s encyclopaedic grasp of...

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