Author: E Jaiwant Paul
Publisher: Roli Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174362878
This biography highlights the absolute devotion and immense sacrifice of a man who lived most of his life in exile outside India, founded the Ghadar Party in the USA, and inspired and channeled men and arms to start a second revolt in India.
"I am a revolutionary first and everything else afterwards,' Har Dayal once said. It sums up the man. He had one thought, one passion: overthrowing British rule in India. A man with extraordinary qualities of mind, he inspired a whole generation of Indians.
Although the literature on our first-line national leaders is vast, there is little written about our pioneer nationalists, particularly the extremists who took the risks, threw the bombs, and created mass awareness. This book seeks to fill in this lacunae with style, clarity, and extensive detail.
'Har Dayal went to Delhi and then on to Patiala to leave Sundar with her family. He was, as usual, in his dhoti and kurta, and was not received with open arms by her family. Sundar's father was particularly bitter and told Har Dayal that he had ruined his daughter's life. "You could have had a brilliant career, you could have joined the ICS, you could have been anything, but instead you have chosen a path which will lead straight to prison." Har Dayal was not unduly perturbed: he had nothing but contempt for the ICS or anyone working to further British interest. He said his goodbyes to Sundar Rani, who was promptly gathered up into the protective fold of her family. Har Dayal did not realize that he would never meet her again, nor would ever see the face of his daughter Shanti, who was born a few days after he had left India.
The British did not allow him back into the country."
The Early Years
The Historical and Political Backdrop
Scholar at Oxford
India House: A Sinister Institution
Disassociation from Oxford
India Again: The Political Missionaries
Paris and Bande Matram
Despair and Hope
Shaking up San Francisco
The Founding of the Ghadar Party
Maro Firangee Ko
Constantinople and Berlin: Mission to Afghanistan
Disillusionment in Germany
Somersault in Sweden
Back to London
A Sudden Ending