Contents: Preface. 1. Historical background. 2. Curzon's policy and design. 3. The Bengal partition. 4. And protest. 5. Swadeshi and Boycott. 6. Critical estimate of Swadeshi and Boycott. 7. Swadeshi and cultural renaissance. 8. The Congress response. 9. Government policy of divide and rule, repression and reform. 10. Revolutionary extremism and mounting repression. 11. Response of the British liberals. 12. Partition annulled. 13. References and notes. Appendix. Index.
"The Swadeshi Movement is a glorious chapter in the history of modern India. Originated in Bengal as a protest movement against the ill-conceived partition of the province in 1905, it extended its wings in various parts of India. Its Boycott and passive resistance paved the way for Gandhian Non-Co-operation and civil disobedience. Its revolutionary activism was followed by armed struggles, underground and open, against the Raj, in India and outside. Contemporary leading personalities in and around it include: Surendra Nath Banerjea, Bepin Chandra Pal, Aurobindo Ghose, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Sister Nivedita, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Lala Lajpat Rai and Gopal Krishna Gokhale. Apart from political arena, its many dimensional character revealed itself in manifold creativity in the realm of education, literature, arts and science.
Written by Sankari Prasad Basu, researcher and writer, this book, having been provided with a wealth of materials, known and unknown, will undoubtedly be regarded as a valuable contribution to the historical accounts of this period." (jacket)