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Posted at: Feb 12, 2019, 6:44 AM; last updated: Feb 12, 2019, 6:44 AM (IST)

Revolutionaries and Self-Government.

LAHORE, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1919

ALTHOUGH it is not in any one’s power to predict that with the grant of substantial reforms the last of the revolutionaries will have turned over a new leaf, there is reason to hope for the best. This is shown by an extract from a letter received in Bengal from a prisoner in the Andamans, which Mr. Chanda read in the course of the discussion on the 1st Sedition Bill, and which ran as follows:--“Now that the Government of India have promises substantial Self-Government the work of the revolutionaries is finished.” We do not know who this prisoner is, but we remember having read sometime ago in the Bengal papers that Barindra Ghose, the leader of the first batch of revolutionaries in Bengal, perhaps in all India, had expressed similar sentiments. It is difficult to believe that men who, on their own admission took to revolutionary methods to work out what they conceived to be the political salvation out of despair of constitutional methods, would remain unaffected by so great, so undisputed a triumph of constitutional agitation as the grant of reforms that have now been promised to us.

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