Sanjeev Sanyal – Economist:
To commemorate Independence Day I am at the ancestral home of Basanta Biswas, the revolutionary who threw the bomb on Viceroy Hardinge in 1912.
This house was built by his grandfather Digamber Biswas who had led the Indigo Revolt of 1859
This place is in a remote village in Nadia, and did not have a road till well into 20th century.
The access to the house was by a rivulet. A branch of the Biswas family still loves here but the house is crumbling.
There is a small memorial to Basanta Biswas at the spot he was born. This section of the house fell down decades ago, so it is now open.
The tragedy is that Basanta Biswas was captured when he came back to attend his father’s funeral, against the advice of Rashbehari Bose, and was betrayed by his uncle. He would be hanged in 1914