PM Modi hands over Shyamji Krishna Verma’s reinstatement certificate to Gujarat CM


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today handed over the reinstatement certificate of Indian barrister and nationalist leader Shyamji Krishna Verma to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel in a function in Bhuj.

The certificate was given to Modi during his UK visit last month. The certificate will now be kept in ‘Kranti Tirth’, a memorial built in his memory at his birthplace Mandvi, Kutch.

Shyamji Krishna Verma, born in 1857, was one of the first Indians to be called to the British Bar in 1884. In the year 1909, he was disbarred from the Inner Temple as he had advocated the Indian independence.

The Inn’s governing council meet held last month decided that he was a victim of a miscarriage of justice as he was not given a fair chance for his defense. The decision to reinstate him posthumously was taken by the governing council.

In 2014 elections campaign, Modi in his one of speeches mixed up his name with Jansangha founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.

PM in 2003 brought back his ashes from Switzerland and he was very vocal in his admiration of Shyamji Krishna Verma. However, Modi was also blamed for trying to gain political advantage and present a different image of the leader in the past.

The decision to reinstate him in Inner Temple was welcomed by the Indian community in Britain.

He founded India House, a hostel for Indian students in London, after encountering racism while trying to find accommodation in the capital. Among the eminent persons who visited the establishment were Gandhi, Lenin, Lala Lajpat Rai and Gopalkrishna Gokhale. India House was a center for discussions that supported the Indian freedom movement.

Around 1905, Varma founded the Indian Home Rule Society and The Indian Sociologist, the former a rival organisation to the British Committee of the Indian National Congress and the latter an anti-colonialist newspaper.