1897 to 1911-the intervening years of growing turbulence in Indian history are the backdrop of nearly nine hundred letters Sister Nivedita wrote to her family, friends and acquaintances all over the world. They include princes, politicians, businessmen, newspaper al editors, poets, artists, scientists and other men of eminence. These letters were painstakingly researched and I: collected by Prof. Sankari Prasad Basu, a noted researcher and writer during his time, over a period of two decades a from Indian, European, and American sources. The letters, largely remaining unknown till Prof, Basu first published I them in 1982, throw fresh light on the history of an important age and its most representative personalities. For eager and inquisitive minds Nivedita's letters are invaluable source-material on many counts. For they reveal for the first time various unknown and startling facts about India during the Curzons, Mintos and Hardinges; draw us to the India of Vivekananda, Rabindranath and Aurobindo; and allow us a real picture of India groaning under the imperialistic I rule and yet rising to a great purpose.
Sankari Prasad Basu, formerly Ramtanu Lahiri Professor of the University r of Calcutta, was a well-known educationist, v researcher and a prolific writer. His leading researches revolved around Swami Vivekananda, Sister Nivedita, the Ramakrishna Movement, and Subhas i Chandra Bose. Prof. Basu had been the I Head of the Swami Vivekananda Archives, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park, Kolkata. Some of his important works are: In Bengali : Vivekananda 0 Samakalin Bharatbarsha (7 vols.); Nivedita. Lokamata (5 vols.); Vivekananda: Natun Tathya Natun Alo; Ramakrishna Sarada: jiban 0 : Prasanga; In English : letters of sister Nivedita (2 vole); Swami Vivekananda In Contemporary Indian News (1893-1902) -(3 vols. pub. so far); Economic and Political Ideas: Vivekananda, Gandhi, Subhas Bose; Swadeshi Movement in Bengal & Freedom Struggle of India.In recognition of his dedicated service, , Prof. Basu received many awards and prizes. Those include : Vivekananda I Award (Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture), Sahitya Akademi Award (Govt. of India), Vidyasagar Puraskar (Govt. of West Bengal), Sarojini Basu Medal (University of Calcutta), jagattarini Gold Medal (University of Calcutta), Ananda Puraskar (Ananda Bazar Group of Publications).
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