Sri Aurobindo is famous for his contributions to Indian philosophy and his creation of Integral Yoga. But before turning fully to his yogic mission, he also played an important part in the beginning of India’s freedom struggle. Arup Mitra’s historical novel ‘Uttara Yogi’ gives the readers a good look at this role of Aurobindo in his early life and the history of pre-independent India and Bengal through a story told through carefully crafted characters, events and episodes.
by Arup Mitra
In 1870, the spiritual leader of the Nagai Japat, makes a momentous prediction: the Uttara Yogi would settle down in South India.
His arrival would presage the liberation of the country from foreign rule and put an end to the era of falsehood. The long vigil for the Uttara Yogi begins.
Having completed his internship for the ICS in England, young Aurobindo Ghose returns to India and joins the service of the Maharaja of Baroda. Soon, he chalks out his programme for achieving the independence of India. He popularises the ‘battle cry’ Vande Mataram and initiates the Swadeshi and Boycott movements to thwart the partition of Bengal.
He also strives to put an end to the moderate policies of the Congress by replacing it with nationalism. Secretly, he initiates an armed insurrection to overthrow the British by establishing a bomb factory in his ancestral garden house of Muraripukur, exposure of which leads to the infamous Alipore Bomb Trial.
Well-researched and craftily woven, Uttara Yogi is a remarkable historical novel, taking the reader back to pre-independent India through a tale of patriotism, adventure, love and betrayal, revealing through a multitude of characters, episodes and experiences, the true identity of the Uttara Yogi.