Carlyle Circular

At the instance of the then Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, Bengal was partitioned into two provinces, one having a majority of Hindus and the other Muslims. The spirit of national self-respect of politically conscious Bengal was roused and outburst of public indignation became canalized to the Swadeshi movement for boycott of everything British including Education. The youth of Bengal particularly students inspired by an ardent nationalism began to come out of the Government controlled educational institutions; among them were many brilliant students who sacrificed their carrier. The British Government adopted punitive measures. On October 10, 1905 R.W.Carlyle officiating Chief Secretary, Government issued circular No. 1679:

1. The use which has been recently made of schoolboys and students for political purposes is absolutely subversive of discipline and injurious to the interest of the boys themselves. It cannot be tolerated in connection with educational institutions assisted or countenanced by Government.

2. I am therefore to state for your information and guidance that unless the school and college authorities and teachers prevent their pupils from taking public action in connection with political questions or in connection with boycotting, picketing and other abuses associated with the socalled Swadeshi movement, the schools or colleges concerned will forfeit their grants-in-aid and the privilege of competing for scholarship holders, and the University will be asked to disaffiliate them. Where they loyally desire to prevent such conduct on the part of their pupils and are unable to do so, they must immediately submit a report to the District Magistrate, giving a list of boys who have disregarded their authority, and stating the disciplinary action taken to punish them.

3. I am also to point out that should there be any reasonable apprehension of disturbance on the part of schoolboys or students, it will be necessary to call on the teachers and managers of the institutions concerned for assistance in keeping the peace, by enrolling them as special constables. Their services as such will be specially valuable as the boys are bound to respect them and they will be able to identify those who may offend.

4. The gentlemen to whom this circular letter is addressed are requested to explain the above to their subordinates. The District Superintendent of Police will please instruct his than a officers to report instances of misconduct on the part of boys of the nature indicated in the first paragraph above.


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