Pranab releases book on freedom fighter Bagha Jatin

The book also provides a glimpse of India`s struggle against colonial rule.

Last Updated: May 27, 2011, 18:11 PM IST

New Delhi: The study of biography of freedom
fighter Jatindranath Mukherjee not only provides an insight
into his life and times but a glimpse of India`s struggle
against colonial rule, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said
on Friday as he unveiled a book on the revolutionary leader.

`Bagha Jatin -- Life and Times of Jatindranath
Mukherjee`, written by the minister`s grandson and Paris-based
scholar Prithwindra Mukherjee, has been brought out by the
National Book Trust, which is also coming out with biographies
of Bengal revolutionaries Surjya Sen and Kalpana Dutta soon.

"The story of Bagha Jatin as it unfolded in this book is
mesmerising. Not only it gives a glimpse of the life of the
ardent revolutionary who challenged the mighty British rulers
but also analyses the history of armed struggle against the
colonial rule at that time," the minister said.

"One important aspect is that Bhagha Jatin fought bravely
against the British but did not hate them," he said.

He recalled how after the 1905 Bengal partition, many
revolutionaries started favouring armed movement against the
British and how after unification of Germany by Otto Bismarck,
some of them tried to take its support to uproot the Raj.

Mukherjee said the history of Congress is bringing out
details of many groups active then, including overseas ones.

Jatindranath, the architect of `Jugantar`, a key secret
revolutionary group in Bengal, tried to import arms from
Germany during World War-I for an uprising but was killed in a
gunfight with British troops in Orissa in 1915.

Known for his valour, he earned the epithet of "Bagha
(tiger) Jatin" in his youth after killing a tiger which
attacked his friend.