April 12, 2008

Unexplored Documents, Conspiracy, Lahore and Indian History

It has been reported that the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Committee had requested the Chief Justice of India to request his counterpart in Pakistan for details of contents of 10 cases related to Lahore Conspiracy Case and photographs of 40 convicts who were transported to the ‘Kalapani’ - Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

It is reported that the committee had sought the details of the following cases:
Lahore conspiracy case (September, 1915)
Lahore supplementary conspiracy case (March, 1916)
Lahore second conspiracy case (January 5, 1917)
Lahore third conspiracy case (March 2, 1917)
Lahore fourth conspiracy case (May 26, 1917)
Lahore city conspiracy case (June 11, 1917)
Anarkali murder case Lahore (February 20, 1915)
First Akali conspiracy case (November 8, 1921)
Babbar Akali conspiracy case first supplementary (May 18, 1922)
Babbar Akali conspiracy second (November 8, 1921-22)

Conspiracy as a Term:

In present days, the Conspiracy as a term has acquired a selective meaning. However, many of the historic events during the colonial period of Indian History are identified with the term conspiracy. There is a need to change this term which could only be done in rightly full manner if the research is undertaken after re-interpreting the history. I borrow from another article which appeared in the same newspaper few days back as a right comment on the need of bringing such documents immediately under the scrutiny of the historians. Chaman Lal wrote in his article Stamp of Martyr as follows:
“Bhagat Singh’s correspondence makes for an interesting, unexplored and significant area of research in context of the Indian revolutionary movement.”

I reframe this comment. There are numerous documents that have remained untouched which are required for unexplored and significant research in context of the Indian Revolutionary Movement.

The sources used:

The Tribune, Chandigarh, India
April 10, 2008 and March 22, 2008.


  1. Nice and informative post. It's true that many documents related to Indian history are yet to be brought to public notice. The shroud of mystery surrounding Netaji's death and the inability of government to bring forth the reports by various commissions to the public is a point in this case.

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  2. Sonali,

    Thanks for endorsing and appreciating my views.

    I had already made a comment with that import in my previous post at http://sumir-history.blogspot.com/2006/08/conspiracy-history-in-india-case-of.html

    Further, it is not simply that many documents remain unexplored, analysed and evaluated. There is a need to reinterpret the Indian history keeping in view the constitution of Republic of India in view. What I mean to say is that there should be first a definition of India as a nation and then attempt should be made to re write the Indian history. The first step can be re framing the time line of India. We should come out of the time line of Ancient, Medieval, and Modern period. The time line up to the attack of Ghazni should form one single unit. The time line from 999 AD to 1947 should become the next section. It is obvious that the post 1947 will become a different section.

    Anyhow, it would have been more interesting had you activate your profile.

    Kindly do not hide your identity. I have visited the link which you have suggested. I may write a post on that. Please consider my suggestion to reveal your identity. If you have your own blog or site then kindly let me know.



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