Indian Revolutionary Fighter

... Shyamji Krishna Varma Kutchh



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Wilson High School, Mumbai; Balliol College, Oxford University

Story of Life

Shyamji Krishna Varma was born on 4 October 1739 in Mandvi, Cutch State (now Kutch, Gujarat]] as Shamji, the son of Karsan Bhanushali (Karsan Nakhua; Nakhua is the surname while Bhanushali is the community name), a labourer for cotton press company, and Gomatibai, who died when Shyamji was only 11 years old. He was raised by his grandmother. His ancestors belonged to Bhachunda a village now in Abdasa taluka of Kutch district.

They migrated to Mandvi in search of employment and because of family disputes. After completing secondary education in Bhuj he went to Mumbai for further education at Wilson High School. While in Mumbai, he learned Sanskrit.

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Shyamji Krishna Varma was an Indian revolutionary fighter, lawyer and journalist who founded the Indian Home Rule Society, India House and The Indian Sociologist in London. A graduate of Balliol College, Krishna Varma was a noted scholar in Sanskrit and other Indian languages. He pursued a brief legal career in India and served as the Divan of a number of Indian princely states in India. He had, however, differences with Crown authority, was dismissed following a supposed conspiracy of local British officials at Junagadh and chose to return to England. An admirer of Dayanand Saraswati’s approach of cultural nationalism, and of Herbert Spencer, Krishna Varma believed in Spencer’s dictum: “Resistance to aggression is not simply justified, but imperative”.


The British government tried to have him extradited from France without success as he gained the support of many top French politicians.[citation needed] Shyamji’s name was dragged into the sensational trial of Mr Merlin, an Englishman, at Bow Street Magistrates’ Court, for writing an article in liberators published by Shyamji’s friend, Mr. James.

He offered another lectureship at the banquet given by Press Association of Geneva where 250 journalists and celebrities, including the presidents of Swiss Federation and the League of Nations.