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#NowReading Inside Congress by Swami Shraddhanand, On the Lahore Session 1893, "As Regards the masses, they had never heard of it (congress) and were not certain whether it was a man, an animal or a fetish." p.21
The crowd gathered was 67 people yet what was described was a "full to over-flowing crowd" (in an auditorium with a capacity of 1500), by the Tribune. "The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read." Oscar Wilde
On Dadabhai Naoroji "They (the masses who came in millions) simply came to honour the man who would reduce the price of grain as he had become one of our rulers." p.23
The process of selection of delegates
Muslims delegates, there were a few,
yet in Lucknow he saw many new,
their entrance being free,
near the refreshments in Lahore you could see,
and in Lucknow, they spoke & the audience cheered both on cue.
He was made a delegate of the Lucknow session despite his explicit refusal
On seeing Tilak all were on their feet,
save for a few who didn't leave their seat,
On him being called to the stage,
the leaders they became red with rage
A moderate leader's opinion on Tilak and his terrible ambition!
Swamiji's opinion of Lala Lajpat Rai's (un)popularity when he was deported
On the Surat split, while one side had the bungalows the other had the people!
How is it any different today?
"Home rule is my birth-right and I shall have it"
"And how could political leaders of the people pay the least heed to the advice of a man who, besides being obsessed with religious mania, was outside their charmed circle?"p.44
Was Jalianwala Bagh a pre-planned massacre?
One man's word was the law!
During the Khilafat conference at Nagpur, the ayats of the Quran recited by the Maulanas contained frequent references to Jihad against and killing of kafirs.
The message didn't matter, the messenger did!
"All are equal but some are more equal than others."
"For the muslim dereliction of duty there was always a soft corner in his heart."
The tradition of mistreating congress presidents has strong historical basis..
Students and teachers all alike,
together they all went on strike,
why, for those who ask,
sitting with "others" for them was an "untouchable" task.
"And if the Hindus became Musalmans to save themselves from death it was a voluntary change of faith and not forcible conversion."
"The first dictator."
A president without any power Deshbandhu Chitranjan Das
The Dictator asserts himself
Congress was hardpressed for cash when it came to removal of untouchability but they had a lakh to spare for an Urdu daily
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