Monday, July 6, 2009

Shyamji Krishnavarma who founded Indian Home Rule Society,

shyamji Krishna Varma (Shyamji Krishna Nakhua) (1857 - 1930) was an Indian scholar, lawyer, nationalist and a journalist who founded theIndian Home Rule Society, India House and The Indian Sociologist inLondon. A graduate of Balliol College, Krishna Varma was a noted scholar in Sanskrit and other Indian languages. He pursued a brief legal career in India and served as the Divan of a number of Indian princely states in India.[1]. He had, however, differences with Crown authority and was dismissed following a supposed conspiracy of local British officials at Junagadh,[2] and chose to return to England. An admirer of Dayanand Saraswati's approach of Cultural nationalism, and of Herbert Spencer, Krishna Varma believed in Spencer's dictum "Resistance to aggression is not simply justified, but imperative".[1] In 1905 he founded the India House and The Indian Sociologist, which rapidly developed as an organised meeting point for radical nationalists among Indian students inBritain at the time, and one of the most prominent centres forrevolutionary Indian nationalism outside India. Most famous among the members of this organisation was V.D. Savarkar. Krishna Varma himself moved to Paris in 1907, fearing prosecution. He died in 1930.

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