That copy, in possession of Sukhdev’s younger brother, Mathra Das Thapar, was handed-over to the National Archives of India and had been on my TBR for a very-very long time. Unistar Publishers, who are doing a yeoman service to the study of the Revolutionary movement in India, have brought out this in the form of a book, and on the last day of this year I have finally completed the mammoth book, though I wouldn’t have minded it going on and on. Sukhdev’s comments: satiric, tragic, wondering, add another dimension to the court-proceedings. At one point of time, as he reads, a compatriot spilling out the party’s secrets, he writes: “I believed him too much. Many a times, I revealed to him what I should have not. It was unnecessary on my part to take him to Jora Mori house. I committed the same mistake when I took him to Kashmir House Building.”
At another place, this astute observation:” So many come everyday in every hotel. How is it that every witness identifies only approvers.”
|Best Read of 2016. And the one book I can’t wait to get back to.|
Finishing this book is bitter-sweet. I am very happy that I completed it in these last 10 days of December but there is a sense of loss too. As long as I anticipated reading this book or flicked through it, I had something to look forward to. While reading it, it felt as though I was in that intensely exciting period of the late twenties and that I was listening to Sukhdev but now that it is over, it feels as though he really has departed. Do you feel that way too after reading a book that you had waited for long?
With these rather melancholic thoughts, I wish you all a very happy 2017.
“Aane wala ‘kal’, ‘aaj’ hua”
Jo ‘aaj’ hua,’kal’ kehlaya….
Weh saal gaya, yeh saal chala…”
First Line: THE COMPLAINT/ FIR
FIR filed by Hamilton Harding, Senior Superintendent of Police, in the Court of R.S. Pandit Sri krishan, Special Magistrate, against the following accused:
1. Sukhdev alias Dayal alias Swami alias Villager, son of Ram Lal, caste Thapar Khatri of Mohalla Arya Samaj, Lyallpur.
Ed. Malwinderjit Singh Waraich, Mrs. Rajwanti Mann, Harish Jain
Pub. Details: Chandigarh: Unistar, 2010.