INDIA HOUSE


India House was a student residence in North London that existed between 1905 and 1910.

In 1905, Shyamaji Krishna Verma started India Home rule society which is popularly known as India House in London.

It was opened to promote nationalist views among Indian students in Britain.

The building rapidly became a hub for political activism, one of the most prominent for overseas revolutionary Indian nationalism.

Patrons of India House published an anti-colonialist newspaper, The Indian Sociologist, which the British Raj banned as “seditious”.

A number of prominent Indian revolutionaries and nationalists were associated with India House, including Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Bhikaji Cama, V.N. Chatterjee, Lala Har Dayal, V.V.S. Aiyar, M.P.T. Acharya and P.M. Bapat.

In 1909, a member of India House, Madan Lal Dhingra, assassinated Sir W.H. Curzon Wyllie, political aide-de-camp to the Secretary of State for India.

After this event a number of its activists and patrons, including Shyamji Krishna Varma and Bhikaji Cama moved to Europe from where they carried on works in support of Indian nationalism.

Some Indian students, including Har Dayal, moved to the United States.

The network that the House founded was the key in the nationalist revolutionary conspiracy in India.