Indian National Association 1876 (Surendra Nath Banerjee and Anand Mohan Bose)

Indian National Association was the first declared Nationalist Organization founded in British India by Surendranath Banerjee and Anand Mohan Bose in 1876. It was originally established as Bharat Sabha and held its first annual conference in Calcutta. It merged in INC in 1885.

Surendranath Banerjee

Surendranath Banerjee is also known as RastraGuru. He was born in 1848 and in 1868, he competed in the Indian Civil Service Examination along with RC Dutt. He cleared the exam in 1869, but was debarred because of age dispute. Later he cleared the exam in 1871 and got appointed as Assistant magistrate in Bengal. Later he established the Indian national Association which was Pro-british. He remained the leader of the INC and in the evening of his life supported the British empire. He was knighted by the Government and also served as minister for local self-government from 1921 to 1924. He was an open critic of Mahatma Gandhi, who was then only in rising stage of his political career.

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