Anti-Colonialism, Terrorism and the ‚ÄòPolitics of Friendship‚Äô: Virendranath Chattopadhyaya and the European Anarchist Movement, 1910-1927 (Anarchist Studies 1, Spring 2019)
Author: Ole Birk Laursen
Ole Birk Laursen
This article traces the life and activities of the Indian anti-colonial nationalist Virendranath ‚ÄòChatto‚Äô Chattopadhyaya in the European anarchist movement from 1910 to 1927. While Chatto is better known for his role as secretary for the Comintern-led League Against Imperialism (1927-1933), this article argues that his peripatetic movements in European revolutionary networks during the early decades of the twentieth century suggests a much closer attraction to the ideas and practices of anarchism ‚Äì including insurrectionist terrorism ‚Äì than often acknowledged. Drawing on Leela Gandhi‚Äôs insight into the revolutionary practices of the ‚Äòpolitics of friendship‚Äô, it opens a window onto the cross-fertilised world of anticolonial and anarchist internationalism in the early twentieth¬†century.