The Bengal Tiger:Revolutionary Jatindranath Mukherjee@Bagha Jatin

Jatindranath Mukherjee was the principal leader of the Yugantar party that was the central association of revolutionaries in Bengal. Having personally met the German Crown-Prince in Calcutta shortly before World War I, he obtained the promise of arms and ammunition from Germany; as such, he was responsible for the planned German Plot during World War-1. Jatin Mukherjee, generally referred to as “Bagha Jatin” was “a divine personality”. In his note to J.E. Francis of the India Office in 1926, he described Bengali revolutionaries as “the most selfless political workers in India”.

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Inspired by Swami Vivekanand, Jatin expressed his ideals in simple words: “Amra morbo, jagat jagbe” — “We shall die to awaken the nation”. Bagha Jatin died in Balasore hospital on 10 September 1915. Charles Tegart, the Intelligence Chief and Police Commissioner of Bengal, in his tribute said : “Though I had to do my duty, I have a great admiration for him. He died in an open fight.”

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