Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: IHRS Indian organisation founded in London on 18 Feb, 1905

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Under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Government of India organised an event to recall the foundation of Indian Home Rule Society (IHRS).

What is Indian Home Rule Society (IHRS)?

Indian Home Rule Society (IHRS) was founded in 1905 in London.

Founded by: It was founded by Shyamji Krishna Varma with support from a number of prominent Indian nationalists in Britain at the time including Bhikaji Cama, Dadabhai Naoroji and Sardarsinh Ji Ravaji.

Aim: To promote the cause of self-rule in British India.

The organisation was intended to be a rival organisation to the British Committee of the Indian National Congress that was the main avenue of the loyalist opinion at the time.

The organisation was modelled after Victorian public institutions of the time. 

It had a written constitution and the stated aims to secure Home Rule for India and to carry on a genuine Indian propaganda in this country by all practicable means.

The membership to the organisation was open to Indians only and found significant support amongst Indian students and other Indian populations in Britain. It recruited young Indian activists and maintained close contact with revolutionary movements in India.

Source: This post is based on the article “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: IHRS Indian organisation founded in London on 18 Feb, 1905” published in AIR on 21st February 2022.

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