Inspired by revolutionary terrorism, Manvendra Nath Roy (1887–1954)1 was politically baptised when he was entrusted with the task of receiving a German steamer carrying arms for the revolutionary terrorists. This 1914 attempt to smuggle arms in ships failed and the plan for an armed insurrection against the British was aborted. He tried again to procure arms from China and that also did not succeed. Inducted into the revolutionary terrorist movement in Bengal, Roy appeared to have endorsed the ‘terrorist’ methods in the nationalist campaign for freedom. This was however short-lived. As he ...