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should have been to go through the private papers of Dufferin before reiterating the worn out tale, Ghose could at least have seen with care what R C, Majumdar ("History of the Freedom Movement in India", Calcutta, 1963, Vol I) and B B Majumdar ("Indian Political Associations and the Reform of Legislature", Calcutta, 1965) have to say to doubt the authenticity of the collaboration theory; though the best repudiation to date seems to be Anthony Parel ("Hume, Dufferin and the Origins of the Indian National Congress", Journal of Indian History, December 1964, pp 707-725). It is further remarkable that Ghose does make use of Dufferin Papers; but he does so second hand through Tara Chand, "History of the Freedom Movement in India", Vol I. That any student of the national movement could take this notoriously unreliable work seriously 15 ample testimony to his discernment; an act of commission that is matched by the equally glaring act of omission in that the most refreshing and stimulating work on the subject, A Seal, "The Emergence of Indian Nationalism", Cambridge, 1968, has not been consulted. Ghose's seems to be a quest for the line of least intellectual resistance, lor the easiest way to authorship. Hence his credulity, the cardinal sin oi a scholar.

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