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Shyamji Krishna Varma

(1857 – 1930) – (Gujarart)

Shyamji Krishna Varma (Aged 73), born on 4th October 1857, completed his education in India before moving on to teach Sanskrit at Oxford University. In 1905, he founded India House and The Indian Sociologist, which rapidly became an organized meeting point for radical nationalists among Indian students in Britain and one of the most prominent centers for revolutionary Indian nationalism outside India. Krishna Varma moved to Paris in 1907, avoiding prosecution.

The monthly Indian Sociologist became an outlet for nationalist ideas and, through the Indian Home Rule Society, he criticized British rule in India. Varma, who became the first President of Bombay Arya Samaj, was an admirer of Dayanand Saraswati, and he inspired Veer Savarkar, who was a member of India House in London. Verma also served as the Divan of several states in India.

A memorial called Kranti Teerth dedicated to him was built and inaugurated in 2010 near Mandvi. The memorial complex, spread over 52 acres, houses a replica of the India House building at Highgate, along with statues of Shyamji Krishna Varma and his wife. Urns containing Krishna Verma’s ashes, those of his wife, and a gallery dedicated to earlier activists of the Indian independence movement are housed within the memorial. He passed away by 30 March, 1930.