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Bande Mataram

Early Political Writings. 1890 — May 1908

Bande Mataram. 20 August, 1906

Darkness in “Light”

We regret to find our contemporary Light surpassing the most moderate of the moderatists in the timidity of its aspirations. “What the most ambitious of Indians have dared to hope for is that a day may come, may1 be a century hence, when in the domestic affairs of their country they will enjoy some measure of freedom from autocratic control.” Here is an inspiring ideal indeed! Hail, Holy Light! thou art indeed a fit candle to illumine a somnolent constitutionalist's repose!


Later edition of this work: The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.- Set in 37 volumes.- Volumes 6-7.- Bande Mataram: Political Writings and Speeches. 1890–1908 .- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 2002.- 1182 p.

1 2002 ed. CWSA, vol.6-7: come, it may