Reading the Revolution

Print edition : December 22, 2017

Muzaffar Ahmad, who along with Nazrul Islam spread word about the revolution through "Navayug".

Nazrul Islam, who made Calcutta his home after the First World War. The revolution influenced his writing. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

M.N. Roy, one of the sources of information about the revolution in India in the early years.

R. Palme Dutt, who as the author of “Communism” was regarded with suspicion by the colonial regime.

Lala Lajpat Rai: “Bolshevik truth is any day better, more reliable and more human than capitalist and imperialist truth.”

Rafi Ahmed Kidwai was seen by the British as a radical who was “in communication with Bolshevik Russia”. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

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A Reuters report carried by “The Hindu” in November 1917. The only source of current information on the revolution, Reuters reports were heavily biased against the new Bolshevik regime.

At a time when a wary colonial regime ensured that news of the Russian Revolution was blocked out in India, it was left to small bands of socialists to provide information that they gathered from their networks about events in the northern half of Asia.
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