Jugantar or Yugantar ( _bn. যুগান্তর "Jugantor") (English meaning "New Era" or more literally "Transition of an Epoch") was one of the two main secret revolutionary trends operating in
Bengalfor Indian independence.This association, like Anushilan Samitistarted in the guise of suburban fitness club. Several Jugantar members were arrested, hanged, or deported for life to the Cellular Jailin Andaman. Thanks to the amnesty after World War I, most of them were released and could give a new turn to their political career, mainly: (a) by joining Gandhi's Non-cooperation movement; (b) Deshbandhu's Swarajyaalternative; (c) the Communist Party of India; (d) M.N. Roy's Radical Democratic Party; (e) Subhas Chandra Bose's Forward Bloc.
*Raja Subodh Mallik
Bagha Jatinalias Jatindra Nath Mukherjee(1879-1915)
Arun Chandra Guha(b.1892)
Basanta Kumar Biswas(1895-1915)
Bipin Behari Ganguli(1887-1954)
Bhupendra Kumar Datta(1894-1979)
Dinesh Chandra Majumdar(1907-1934)
Ganesh Ghosh(b. 1900 )
Jiban Lal Chattopadhyay(1889-1970)
Jyotish Chandra Ghose(1887-1970)
Kalpana Datta Joshi(1913-1995)
Purna Chandra Das(1889-1956)
Santosh Kumar Mitra(1901-1931)
Santi Ghose Das( b.1916)
Suniti Chaudhuri Ghosh(b.1917)
Surendra Mohan Ghoshalias Madhu Ghosh(1893-1976)
Upendra Nath Bandopadhyay(1879-1950)
Binod Bihari Chaudhury
*Debabrata Bose, later Swami Paragyananda
*Satyendra Chandra Mitra (1888-1942)
This extremist outfit was established by leaders like
Aurobindo Ghosh, his brother Barin Ghosh, Bhupendranath Datta, Raja Subodh Mallik in April 1906. [ Banglapedia[http://banglapedia.search.com.bd/HT/J_0130.htm article] by Mohammad Shah] Barin Ghosh was the main extremist leader. Along with 21 revolutionaries including Bagha Jatin, he started to collect arms and explosives and manufactured bombs. The headquarters of Jugantar was located at 27 Kanai Dhar Lane, then 41 Champatola 1st Lane, Kolkata. [Mukhopadhyay Haridas & Mukhopadhyay Uma. (1972) "Bharater svadhinata andolané 'jugantar' patrikar dan", p15.]
Some senior members of the group were sent abroad for political and military training. One of the first batches included
Surendra Mohan Bose, Tarak Nath Dasand Guran Ditt Kumar, who, since 1907, were extremely active among the Hindu and Sikh immigrants on the Western coast of North America. These units were to compose the future Ghadar Party. [ "Political Trouble in India ", by James Campbell Ker, pp220-260.] In Paris Hemchandra Kanungoalias Hem Das, along with Pandurang M. Bapat, obtained training in explosives from the Russian anarchist Nicholas Safranski. (Source: Ker, p397.) After returning to Kolkata, he joined the combined school of 'self-culture' ("anushilan") and bomb factory run by Barin Ghosh at a garden house in Maniktala suburb of Calcutta. However, the attempted murder of Kingsford, the-then district Judge of Muzaffarpurby Khudiram Boseand Prafulla Chaki(30 April 1908) initiated a police investigation that led to the arrest of many of the revolutioaries. The prisoners were tried in the famous Alipore bomb conspiracy case in which several activists were deported for life to the Cellular Jailin Andaman.
In 1908, as a next step, Jugantar chose to censure persons connected with the arrest and trial of revolutionaries involved in the Alipore Bomb Case. On
February 10, 1909, Ashutosh Biswas, who conducted the prosecution of Kanai and Satyen for the murder of Naren Gosain (a revolutionary turned approver), was shot dead by Charu Basu in the Calcutta High Court premises. Samsul Alam, Deputy Superintendent of Police, who conducted the Alipore Case was shot and killed by Biren Dutta Gupta on the stairs of Calcutta High Court building on January 24, 1910. Charu Basu and Biren Dutta Gupta were later hanged. ["Rowlatt Report"; Samanta, op. cit.]
Jatindra Nath Mukherjeewere arrested in connection with the Samsul Alam murder case and other charges. Thus started the Howrah conspiracy casethat tried the prisoners for treason -- waging war against the Crown and tampering with the loyalty of Indian soldiers, such as those belonging to the Jat Regimentposted in Fort William, and soldiers in Upper Indian Cantonments. [The major charge... during the trial (1910–1911) was "conspiracy to wage war against the King-Emperor" and "tampering with the loyalty of the Indian soldiers" (mainly with the 10th Jats Regiment) (cf: "Sedition Committee Report", 1918)]
The German Plot
"Nixon's Report" corroborates that Jugantar under
Jatindra Nath Mukherjeecounted a good deal on the ensuing World Warto organise an armed uprising with the Indian soldiers in various regiments . [Samanta, op. cit. Vol II, p 591] During the World War Ithe Jugantar Party arranged importation of German arms and ammunitions [" Rowlatt Report" (§109-110}; "First Spark of Revolution" by A.C. Guha, pp424-434 .] (notably the 32 bore German automatic pistols) via Virendranath Chattopadhyayalias Chattoand other revolutionaries residing in Germany. They had contacted Indian revolutionaries active in the United States, as well as Jugantar leaders in Kolkata. Jatindra Nath Mukherjee informed Rash Behari Boseto take charge of Upper India, aiming at an All-Indian Insurrection with the collaboration of native soldiers in different cantonments. History refers to it as the German Plot. To raise fund, the Jugantar party organized a series of dacoities which came to be known as "Taxicab dacoities" and "Boat dacoities", in order to procure funds to prepare the ground for working out the "Indo-German Conspiracy".
The first of the Taxicab dacoities took place at
Garden Reach, Kolkataon February 12, 1915, by a group of armed revolutionaries under the leadership of Narendra Bhattacharya under the direct supervision of Jatindranath Mukherjee. Similar dacoities were organized on different occasions and in various parts of Calcutta. Dacoities were accompanied by political murders in which the victims were mostly zealous police officers investigating into the cases, or approvers who helped the police.
Failure of the German plot
On receiving instructions from Berlin, Jatindra Nath Mukherjee selected Naren Bhattacharya (alias
M. N. Roy) and Phani Chakravarti (alias Pyne) to meet the German legation at Batavia. The Berlin committee had decided that the German arms were to be delivered at two or three places like Hatia on Chittagongcoast, Raimangal in the Sunderbansand Balasorein Orissa. The plan was to organize a guerrillaforce to start an uprising in the country, backed by a mutiny among the Indian Armed Force.Unfortunately the whole plot leaked out locally owing to a native traitor and, internationally, through the Czech revolutionaries who were in touch with their counterparts in the U.S.A. ["Spy and Counter-Spy" by E.V. Voska and W. Irwin, pp98, 108, 120, 122–123, 126–127; "The Making of a State" by T.G. Masaryk, pp50, 221, 242; "Indian Revolutionaries Abroad" by A.C. Bose, pp232–233] , and as soon as the information reached the British authorities, they alerted the police, particularly in the delta region of the Ganges, and sealed all the sea approaches on the eastern coast from Noakhali- Chittagongside to Orissa. Sramajibi Samabaya and Harry & Sons of Calcutta, the two business concerns run respectively by Amarendra Chatterjeeand Harikumar Chakrabartiwhich were taking active part in the Indo-German Conspiracy were searched.Police came to know that Bagha Jatin was in Balasore waiting for a German arms delivery. Police went on to find out the hiding places of Bagha Jatin and associates and after a gun-fight the revolutionaries were either killed or arrested. The German plot thus failed.
After the First World War
The revolutionaries suffered grievous blows with the death or arrest of some of their important leaders. In effect, they had been divided into two groups with distinct convictions. The Dhaka Anushilan Samiti in Eastern Bengal did not participate in the Indo-German plan that the Jugantar in Western Bengal promoted.
In 1920, leaders of the Jugantar Party suspended all violent action, having accepted to follow the Non-Cooperation movement proposed by Gandhi, compatible with their revolutionary hope to organise a mass movement. The Dhaka Anushilan maintained its terrorist programme by raiding post offices, railway cash offices, etc., to build up funds.
Cooperation with Congress
In the 1920s, many members of the Jugantar party took high positions in Bengal's district and Provincial Congress Committees, and even in the national committees.
Bhupati Majumderand Monoranjan Guptaheld the offices of the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the Bengal Provincial Congress Committee, respectively. Amarendra Chatterjee, Upendranath Banerjee, Bipin Behari Ganguli and Satyendra Chandra Mitrawere elected to the All India Congress Committee from Bengal. Satyendra Chandra Mitra later went on to being elected the Chief Whip of the Swarajya Party in the Central Legislative Assembly (present-day Parliament) in 1927 and later became the President of the Bengal Legislative Council (of un-divided Bengal) in 1937.
Unification and failure
Following these major setbacks, in order to stop amusing the colonial observers practising their divide and rule policy, there was an attempt to unify the revolutionary factions in Bengal. Anushilan Samiti and Jugantar were brought close by the joint leadership of
Narendra Mohan Senof Anushilan, represented by Rabindra Mohan Senand Jadugopal Mukherjeeof Jugantar, represented by Bhupendra Kumar Datta. However, this merger failed to revive the revolutionary activities up to the expected level. [ [http://banglapedia.search.com.bd/HT/R_0191.htm Banglapedia article] ]
Consult article on Anushilan Samiti. The younger generation of the revolutionaries were frustrated by the failure of the attempted merger. This led to the formation of a new confederation in 1929, called the "neo-violence party".
In 1930, as an antidote promised to Gandhi's policy, Jugantar group prepared programmes for further terrorism. The plans included murder of Europeans in hotels, clubs, and cinemas; burning of the Dum-Dum aerodrome; destroying the electricity, gas and petrol supplies of
Kolkata; disorganisation of tram services in Kolkata by cutting overhead wires; damaging the communication system by destroying telegraph lines, railway tracks etc.Fact|date=February 2007The outcome of such programmes culminated in several terrorist attacks. The Chittagong armoury raidby Surya Senand his followers deserves special mention in this regard.
The scenario changed with the years. The British were planning to quit India, while communal and religious politics came into play. The basic political background on which revolutionary ideas were founded seemed to evolve towards a new direction. The Revolutionary Terrorism can thus be said to have come to an end by 1936. The Jugantar officially merged with the Congress on 9 September 1938.
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