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Special Session of Bihar Provincial Congress, 1917

Patna, Bihar

March 17, 2023 to March 17, 2024

As the agitation for higher education reforms was gaining traction in Bihar, particularly in Patna, the public leaders of Bihar decided to lead the movement from the front. A special session of the Bihar Provincial Congress was held in Patna on 26th August, 1917.

Under the Chairmanship of Hasan Imam, it was decided that the deliberations shall focus on the three primary contemporary issues: a) ‘the irreducible minimum of reforms’ necessary to satisfy the people’s aspirations towards the goal of attaining self-government within the Empire in the near future; b) unanimously decrying the systematic police repression against Home Rule activists; and finally, c) steps that ought to be taken if the government relentlessly pursues its repressive policies.

Dr. Sachchidananda Sinha, who laid out these aforementioned goals before the Congress, emphatically demanded for the scheme that had been evolved by both the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League towards the attainment of Dominion Status.

Thus, this special session addressed issues not only particular to Bihar, but also raging national issues of the time. The press loudly proclaimed that the massive popularity of the Session among common people was unprecedented. This was a testament to the success of the provincial liberal and moderate leaders in vitalizing the nationalist spirits among the common people of Bihar.




Source: Indian Culture Portal