The Indian Nationalist Movement : Bankim Chandra Chattopaphyay

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In 1882, Bankim Chandra Chattopaphyay published a novel in Bengali entitled Anandamath. The novel depicted a band of warriors called santaan or children fighting to free their Mother from colonial oppression. Ninety years later, after India had achieved its independence, it found its way into Amar Chithra Katha or My Picture Book series . Even in its comic book form, Anandamath presents a vision of a nationalist struggle worthy of study.
The foreword to the comic book Anandamath describes the significance of the novel to the Indian nationalist movement; young men being inspired by its characters to join secret societies, the use of the novel’s chant and song “Vande Mataram” as a rallying cry in the Indian independence movement and as the nation’s national anthem. The English-language comic book adaptation of Anandamath was published with the intent introduces a new generation of Indians to their national heritage. The tagline of the Amir Chitra Katha is “The Road to Your Roots.” Before Amir Chitra Katha, those wealthy Indian children who are fluent in English were if they were reading comic books seeing Superman fighting for “Truth, Justice, and the American Way.” The comic book is a means to expose young Indians to their literary heritage and promote a national identity.
Anandamath is set in 1773 in Bengal, only sixteen years after Plassey and eight after the East India Company was granted diwani over the wealthy region. The comic book’s first illustration depicts a…

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