Dear Friends and Well-wishers of Overman Foundation,
It gives me immense pleasure to announce to you all that three projects undertaken by Overman Foundation are ready for publication. The first project is in Bengali and it is an anthology of about thirty-four unpublished poems of Nishikanto, the great poet of Sri Aurobindo Ashram whom Sri Aurobindo had called “The Brahmaputra of Inspiration.” The second project is a study of Sri Aurobindo’s political life through British Government documents, press coverage and memoirs of his political associates as well as his own. And the third project is the publication of the unabridged version of the Alipore Bomb Trial Judgment.
As said earlier, the project on Nishikanto, titled “Ananya Nishikanto” comprises of about thirty-four of his unpublished poems most of which have been collected from individuals who were very close to the late poet. A very important attraction of this project is a set of rare epistolary exchanges between Sri Aurobindo and Nishikanto. And this project also includes a number of poems of Sri Aurobindo and K.D. Sethna alias Amal Kiran translated into Bengali by Nishikanto. It is bound to be a treat for those who are ardent admirers of Nishikanto’s works.
The second project is titled “Sri Aurobindo: His Political Life and Activities’ and it is a chronological study of his political life from 1906 to 1910 through British Government documents, press coverage, memoirs of his political colleagues as well as his own autobiographical account. Hundreds of documents collected from British Government records (some of which are still unpublished) and press cuttings—both being more than a century old—have been incorporated in this project. In addition to the aforesaid things, it includes rare letters written to Sri Aurobindo by Nationalist leaders like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Surendranath Banerjea and others. Another major attraction of this project is six extremely rare articles written on Sri Aurobindo by Bepin Chandra Pal, Charu Chandra Dutta, Hemendra Prasad Ghose, S. R. Das, Suresh Deb and Birendra Chandra Sen. And the reader is expected to find as many as nineteen speeches and two interviews of Sri Aurobindo in this book. And as a token of appreciation for this noble work, Shri Manoj Das Gupta, Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust has waived payment of royalty for this book.
The third project is the publication of the unabridged version of the judgment of the Alipore Bomb Trial rendered by C. P. Beachcroft on 6 May 1909. A portion of this judgment emphasizing mostly on Sri Aurobindo was published in the book, “The Alipore Bomb Trial” edited by B. K. Bose in 1922. But it is only through this publication of Overman Foundation that the complete judgment of the Alipore Bomb Trial would see the light of the day. Not only will this book help the students of history but also the students of law.
The dates of the releases of these books would be duly announced.
With warm regards,