FROM OUR Correspondent
Silchar, Dec 28: The Indian tiol Congress, one of the oldest and largest parties of the political scerio of the country, was founded by Allan Octavian Hume, who was a prominent member of the Theosophical Society and a retired British officer, at Gokaldas Tejpal Sanskrit College in Bombay (now Mumbai) on December 28, 1885. In this regard, frontline leaders and members of Silchar District Congress Committee celebrated the day by paying floral tributes at the portraits of the stalwarts of the Party, at Indira Bhawan of this town, today.
The celebrated historian and author of ‘India After Gandhi’, ‘Democrats and Dissenters’, ‘In the Corner of a Foreign Field’ and other prolific works, Ramachandra Guha wrote in Caravan magazine in the March of 2010, “In the first few decades of its existence, the Indian tiol Congress built a network of branches spread across the country. The most intense Congress activity was in Eastern India, where the major figures included Surendrath Banerjee and Bipin Chandra Pal, and in Western India, where the acknowledged stalwarts were Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Gopal Krish Gokhale. With their sophisticated intellectual cultures, Bengal and Maharashtra were in the vanguard — but the Congress had a reach and presence in North and South India as well.”