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Bonnerjee, Woomes Chunder (1844–1906), lawyer and politician, was born on 29 December 1844 at his paternal grandfather's country house at Sonai, Kidderpore, Bengal, the second but eldest surviving son of Girish Chunder Bonnerjee (1823–1868), an attorney, and his wife, Saraswati Devi. The family were Hindu, Bengali Brahmans; they claimed descent from ...

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Das, Chittaranjan (1870–1925), Indian nationalist and barrister, was born on 5 November 1870 in Calcutta, the second child and eldest son of Bhuban Mohan Das, a solicitor of the Calcutta high court, and his wife, Nistarini Devi. His youngest brother, P. R. Das...

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Dhingra, Madan Lal (1883–1909), Indian nationalist and political assassin, was born on 18 September 1883 in the Dhingra Buildings, Hall Gate, Amritsar, the sixth of the seven children of Dr Sahib Ditta Mal Dhingra, a civil surgeon. The Dhingras were a wealthy, cosmopolitan Hindu family who regarded British rule as a modernizing and stabilizing influence. ...

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Haq, Abul Kashem Fazlul (1873–1962), lawyer and politician in India and Pakistan, was born on 26 October 1873 at Saturia, a village in the south of the Bakerganj district of Bengal, the only son of Muhammad Wazid, lawyer, and his wife, Saidunnissa Khatun...

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Sir Chettur Sankaran Nair (1857–1934) by Lafayette, 1929 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nair, Sir Chettur Sankaran (1857–1934), judge and politician in India, was born on 11 July 1857 at the small village of Mankara on the Bhorata River about 16 miles west of Palghat in south Malabar, India, into the Hindu matrilineal Nair community, the son of ...

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Motilal Nehru (1861–1931) by unknown photographer, after 1920 Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi / Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, New Delhi; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nehru, Motilal (1861–1931), lawyer and Indian nationalist, was born at Agra on 6 May 1861, the posthumous son of Ganga Dhar Nehru, a minor police official in Delhi under the Mughal ruler until the latter was deposed by the British in 1858. Taught Arabic, Persian, and Urdu at home, ...

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Ranade, Mahadev Govind (1842–1901), judge and Indian nationalist, was born in Niphad in the Bombay presidency on 18 January 1842, the first of two surviving children of Govindrao Amrita Ranade (d. 1877), head clerk in a district office in the Nasik district...