A.B. Shah

  S. Ramanathan

  Basava Premanand

  G.D. Parekh

  J.B.H. Wadia

  Samaren Roy

  Mani Ben Kara

  Sib Narayan Ray

  V.B. Karnik

  Susheel Mukherjee

  Malladi Ramamurthy






Humanists I Met

Samaren Roy


I met Samaren Roy in Kolkata during 2005 along with my friend Mr Isanaka Muralidhar.

Samaren was pretty aged by that time. He welcomed me heartily to his residence and entertained with snacks. We had photo with him.

Samaren was in correspondence with me since long time.  He worked in American consul office in Kolkata and retired during early 1950s.

He was always interested in M N Roy and did lot of research about Roy‘s early phase. Then he published couple of books on Roy as communist and then Roy as radical.

Samaren claimed that M N Roy was the first communist in India. It was Roy who founded communist party of India in exile from Tashkent in early 1920s.

Samaren also called Roy as restless Brahmin~!

When I published research biography of Evelyn Trent, the first wife of M N Roy, then Samaren was fascinated towards my work and requested for copy. I sent one to him. I was critical of Roy‘s attitude towards his first wife. Roy divorced him mercilessly from Europe in 1925. Till then Evelyn played major role in his life.

Samaren agreed with me.

Regarding birth dates of M N Roy there was difference of opinion between Sib Narayan ray and Samaren Roy.

Samaren travelled frequently to USA and established cultural contacts with Bengali associations in Texas State.

He told me several interesting facts about M N Roy.

I was fortunate that I could meet him. Later during 2007 he expired. I am glad that I could preserve the picture with him.


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