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Taraknath Das - Ralph G. Starke collection

 Collection
Identifier: GTM-160920
Ephemera re Taraknath Das collected by Ralph G. Starke.

Folder 1. Autograph letter dated April 4, 1943, signed by Taraknath Das to Ralph G. Starke. 2 pages + envelope. Reference to the former's upcoming speaking engagements. Folder 2. Autograph notes by Starke re Das. Folder 3. Print outs of internet research re Das. Dated 2016. Folder 4. Offprint, signed by Das: "Rabinadrath Tagore Poet and Patriot" (Thought, March 1942). Folder 5. Offprint, signed by Das: "The Kashmir Issue and the United Nations" (Political Science Quarterly, June 1950). Folder 6. Offprint, signed by Das: "Tolstoi and India" (Twentieth Century Magazine, 1909/1910). Folder 7. Offprints, signed by Das: Virginia Quarterly Review, Winter 1940 (2 copies) Folder 8. Newspaper obituaries, 1959. Folder 9. Publication notice: "Foreign Policy in the Far East" by Das. Folder 10. Taraknath Das Foundation: Lecture event invitations, 1955. Folder 11. Watamull Foundation: Associates roster (1955); reports 1949-1950, 1951-1952, 1953-1955.

Dates

  • 1943-2016

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Extent

0.20 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger Slim Document Case)

Biographical Note

Taraknath Das (June 15, 1884-December 22, 1958) was an anti-British Bengali Indian revolutionary and internationalist scholar. "Das came to the United States as a poor student around 1905 from Calcutta. He had a revolutionary interest in freeing India from the British Raj. At first he attended the Vermont Military Academy, but was expelled for his anti-British sentiments. He became involved with the Ghadr Party in California and with German diplomats during World War I. Both of these groups had an interest in undermining the British Empire. Once the United States entered the Great War on the side of Britain and the British Empire, the plotting Indians and Germans were arrested and tried in California in 1917. This came to be called the Hindu Conspiracy Case. Taraknath Das was one of those convicted and served about one and a half years in a federal prison. Upon release, he turned to more peaceful pursuits than the attempt to smuggle arms into India. He lived from 1884 to 1958 and was a pioneer of the South Asian community in the U.S. In the pre-1965 era, this community was small and from 1924 to 1946 none of them could become U.S. citizens. Dr. Das belonged to both India and to the U.S. and obtained U.S. citizenship around the beginning of the First World War which the U.S. government later tried to take away from him because he was a convicted felon and suspected because of his great hostility to the British Empire. He fought to retain his American citizenship and succeeded.

He linked India and America, informing each about the other, writing often for the "Modern Review"of Calcutta and other periodicals about world affairs, speaking and teaching in the U.S. and Europe as well. He earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington in political science. As one concerned with his two countries, he was particularly engaged by the fate of his motherland which for most of his life was ruled by the British. After India was free, he returned to visit, felt somewhat disillusioned by what he found, and then came back to the U.S. which was now his home.

He had long been concerned with the difficulties of Indian students abroad. That is the primary reason why he started the Foundation in the 1930's. At first he took the money out of his own pocket to help some struggling Indians whom he encountered. Gradually this aid project became institutionalized."

(Source: Leonard A. Gordon, Director of the Taraknath Das Foundation)

The Taraknath Das Foundation at Columbia University continues his work.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Emilie S. Piper, September 2016.

General

Folder 1. Autograph letter dated April 4, 1943, signed by Taraknath Das to Ralph G. Starke. 2 pages + envelope. Reference to the former's upcoming speaking engagements. Folder 2. Autograph notes by Starke re Das. Folder 3. Print outs of internet research re Das. Dated 2016. Folder 4. Offprint, signed by Das: "Rabinadrath Tagore Poet and Patriot" (Thought, March 1942). Folder 5. Offprint, signed by Das: "The Kashmir Issue and the United Nations" (Political Science Quarterly, June 1950). Folder 6. Offprint, signed by Das: "Tolstoi and India" (Twentieth Century Magazine, 1909/1910). Folder 7. Offprints, signed by Das: Virginia Quarterly Review, Winter 1940 (2 copies) Folder 8. Newspaper obituaries, 1959. Folder 9. Publication notice: "Foreign Policy in the Far East" by Das. Folder 10. Taraknath Das Foundation: Lecture event invitations, 1955. Folder 11. Watamull Foundation: Associates roster (1955); reports 1949-1950, 1951-1952, 1953-1955.
Title
Taraknath Das - Ralph G. Starke collection
Status
completed
Author
Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C
Date
2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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