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A New Source for the History of the Revolutionary Movement in India, 1907- 1917 Author(s): P. B. Sinha Reviewed work(s): Source: The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Nov., 1971), pp. 151-156 Published by: Association for Asian Studies Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2053060 . Accessed: 04/09/2012 13:47 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp

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A

NEW SOURCE FOR THE HISTORY IN INDIA,

MOVEMENT

1907-1917

OF THE

REVOLUTIONARY

P. B. Sinha Moscow StateUniversity

Confidential, "Political Troublein India I9o7-I9I7"'1 byJames CampbellKer.2 "PoliticalTrouble"was publishedby the Government India as a confidential of document. Hence,onlya limited number copiesof thebook wereprobably of printed by thegovernment. is verylikely It thatbefore transfer powerin I947 theGovthe of ernment India destroyed of mostof thecopiesof "PoliticalTrouble."3 is, therefore, It not surprising the book has not yetreceived attention deserves.4 that the it "PoliticalTrouble" is a government publication. The authorof this book had accessto all information, whichtheGovernment India possessed secret otherwise, or of eventsby Ker can be safelytaken to be authentic and authoritative. This makes "Political Trouble"a veryimportant originalsourceforthehistory therevolutionof arymovement India. in CONFIDENTIAL

Recently author this found original an source thestudy therevolutionary for of movement inIndia prior 1917. It isa Government to ofIndia publication: 372," "No.

about revolutionary the movement theperiod in I907-19I7.

Hencethenarration of

Political Trouble India in
1907-1917
My JAMES CAMPBELL
OF THE INDIAN CIVIL SERVICE

KER

(From 1907 to 1913

lo the Persoonl Assilsnt 'Directorof Ctominal gnoe1hg-cn,)

CALCUTTA SUPERINTENDENT GOVERNMENT PRINTING,INDIA 1917

1 Calcutta, Government Printing, Superintendent to referred as "Political India, 1917; hereafter Trouble." 2 Ker servedin the Indian Civil Service from to Assistant the Director 1907 to I9I3 as Personal of CriminalIntelligence. 3 This authorpossesses one copyof the book. A of photostat the titlepage of "PoliticalTrouble" aDpearsabove.

Editorial Note: Copies of the Ker volume are and theLibrary availablein theIndia Office Library of the School of Oriental and African Studies.The reportbelongs to a categoryof Government of India reports that has been littleused by scholars. 4 Uma Mukherjeehas quoted from "Political Trouble" in her book, "Two greatIndian revolu-

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is used by scholars the SediThe onlyofficial on publication the topicpreviously to Reportof I9I8.5 In comparison the "RowlattReport,""Political tion Committee pointsof view.The Sediand Trouble" provesmoreinformative usefulfromseveral a "PoliticalTrouble,"whichhad been published not tion Committee onlyconsulted someof itspassages.This verbatim but yearearlier, also at timesit even reproduced source "PoliticalTrouble" as an originaland authentic factalone clearly establishes in movement India. "PoliticalTrouble"is in addition forthehistory revolutionary of Report"(226 pages). (550 pages) thanthe"Rowlatt morevoluminous becomes Trouble"in relation the"RowlattReport" to The importance "Political of of even moresignificant when we look at the natureof the contents the two docuCampbellKer, James ments. Speakingof thescopeof...
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