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XV. Later Political Pamphlets (1915-31)

Mostly dealing with India, especially questions of self-government. Several incomplete series, and many miscellaneous titles.

[Gaps in the following series indicate insufficient information.]

A. New India Home Rule Series

1916 Congress Speeches on Self-Government. No. 1. All-India Self-Government Propaganda Fund (Vasanta Press).

1916 District Work. Presidential Address of March 18, 1916: Chitoor District Conference. No. 3. Commonweal Office.

1916 Colonial Executive Councils and Cabinets. No. 6. Commonweal Office.

1916 Home Rule: A Series of Articles from New India. No. 8. Commonweal Office.

1916 Why Should Not Indians Volunteer? No. 9. Commonweal Office.

1916 Congress Work. Closing Speech, May 9, 1916: District Conference, Polghat. No. 10. Commonweal Office.

1918 The Indian Government. No. 20. Commonweal Office.

1918 The Necessity of Home Rule. No. 26. Commonweal Office.

1918 India's Hour of Destiny: Being the Address of the Chairman of the Reception Committee of the Special Madras Provincial Conference, August 3, 1918. No. 27. Commonweal Office.

1918 Criticisms of the Montagu-Chelmsford Proposals of Reform. Essays (with C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar). No. 28. Commonweal Office.

1918 The Congress-League Reform Proposals 1918: Resolutions Passed at the Special Meetings of the National Congress and All-India Muslim League in Bombay: August 29-September 1, 1918. No. 30. Commonweal Office.

B. New India Political Pamphlets Series

1915 Self-Government for India. No. 1. TPH.

1915 The Political Outlook. Presidential Address, United Provinces Provincial Conference, Gorakhpur, April 2, 1915. No. 2. TPH.

1915 The Future of Young India. Presidential Address of October 9, 1915: Behar Students’ Conference, Muzaffarpur. No. 4. TPH.

1916 Under the Congress Flag. Presidential Address at the First Malabar District Conference, 8th May, 1916. No. 7. Commonweal Office.

1916 Preparation for Citizenship. Address of June 16, 1916: First Students’ Congress, Nellore. No. 9. Commonweal Office

1916 Social Service. Being the Presidential Address Delivered at the Anniversary of the Narasapur Progressive Union. June 28th, 1916. No. 10. Commonweal Office.

1917 Home Rule and the Empire. Lecture: Negapatam, September 23, 1916. No. 13. Commonweal Office.

1918 A Nation’s Rights. No. 17. TPH.

C. National Home Rule League Series

[All published by the Besant Press, Madras.]

1919 National Home Rule League: Why Founded and How. No. 1[?]. Commonweal Office.

1919 Wounded to Death. No. 4.

1919 The Coming Congress. [Indian National Congress at Amritsar, December 1919.] No. 5.

1919 The Parting of the Ways. No. 6.

1920 The Reform Act. What Shall India Do with It? No. 7.

1920 Patriotism and Co-operation with the New Governments. No. 8.

1920 Our Ministers. No. 9.

1920 Organisation for Freedom. No. 10.

1920 Responsibility of the Press. No. 11.

1920 Socialism in India. No. 15.

1921 The First Reform Conference, under the Auspices of the National Home Rule League. Being the Malabar Conference, 1921: Presidential Address. No. 17.

1921 Winning Home Rule. The Presidential Address at the Second Reform Conference. No. 18.

1921 The Guild System as a Substitute for Trade-Unionism. November 2, 1921: Political Section of the 1921 Club Madras. No. 20.

1921 Memorandum and Evidence before the Press Act Committee. No. 21.

1922? Grievances before Supply. No. 22.

1922? A Retrospect and a Decision. No. 23.

1923 Causes of the New Spirit in India. From the 1917 presidential speech at the National Congress. No. 25.

1923 India as She Was and As She Is. The historical sketch from How India Wrought for Freedom brought up to date. No. 26.

1923? To Great Britain. No. 27.

192- Indian Political Parties. No. 30

D. National Conference Series

1923? Organise! Organise! No. 1.

1923 What Is the National Conference? What Is Its Object? What is It Doing to Gain It? No. 3. Madras: General Secretary’s Office.

1923 Reaction of Autocracy in England. No. 5. Madras: General Secretary’s Office.

E. Miscellaneous

1916 The Commonwealth of India Act: Act III of 1916. With the speech of the Prime Minister (Mrs. Annie Besant), on the second reading of the bill on August 26th, 1916. Madras Parliament Transactions, no. 5. Commonweal Office.

1916 Protests in India against “New India” Security. Vasanta Press.

1916 Under Sentence of Death: The Orders of the Government of Madras Forfeiting the Security of New India. Reprint from New India, August 29-30, 1916. Madras.

1917 The Case for India. Presidential Address: Thirty-Second Indian National Congress, Calcutta, December 26, 1917. Bombay Home Rule League Series, no. 11. Bombay: Home Rule League. [Reprinted in 1939 as The Besant Spirit Series, no. 4: A Charter of a Nation’s Liberty. See Posthumous Publications (1934-2006). Link is to an earlier TPH edition.]

1917 The Internment of Mrs. Besant. Toronto: Canada India League (September 1917).

1917 Indian Education and the Trust. Article in the Theosophical Educational Trust Report for 1916. Madras: Theosophical Educational Trust.

1917 Mrs. Besant’s Farewell Message. To My Brothers and Sisters in India. [Upon being interned by the British Government.] Reprint from New India: June 15, 1917. Bombay: S. G. Banker. [Collected in 1917 The Birth of New India.]

1918 Fables from the Hitopadesha: The Value of Friendship. Stories for Indian Children, no. 1. Adyar: Society for the Promotion of National Education.

1918 Four-Fold Education. Madras: Society for the Promotion of National Education. [Known only from back matter advertising.]

1918 The New Era: An Epoch-making Congress, 1918. Commonweal Office.

1918 Principles of Education,  with a Scheme of Applying Them to National Education in India. National Education Pamphlet, No. 1. Madras: Society for the Promotion of National Education.

1918? Problems of the Day. Includes at least two items by Besant: Methods of Political Work; and The Work before Us (with Sir S. Subramania Aiyer and B. G. Tilak). Reprints for Home Rulers 1-16 [Pamphlets bound together? Reprint of Thoughts for Home Rulers?]. Madras: Sons of India.

1918 Sir Subramaniam’s Letter to Dr. Wilson [U.S. President]. A Statement to America by Some Indian Leaders. [Concerning Besant’s internment.] Bombay: Umar Sobani.

1919 Apart or Together? Reprint from The Looker-On, Calcutta. National Home Rule League.

1919 Coercion and Resistance in India. Home Rule for India League.

1919 From within the Iron Ring: Being an Appeal to British Labour. Wellington, N.Z.: New Zealand and India League. Reprint.

1919 The Problem of Indian Self-Government. London: Home Rule for India League.

1919 Self-Determination for Scotland. Glasgow: Glasgow Scottish Home Rule Association.

1919 Why India Wants Home Rule: A Reasoned Appeal. Lecture of June 28, 1919: Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Orpheus Publishing House.

1921 Letters to a Young Prince. Reprinted from The Commonweal. TPH.

1921 Report of Mrs. Annie Besant’s Suit against the “Daily Graphic.” TPH. [Libel suit against the paper for calling Besant’s activities on behalf of India “seditious.”]

1923 The Schoolboy as Citizen. Lecture: Pachaiyappa's College, Madras, September 19, 1923. TPH. [Excerpts appear in 1995 Annie Besant on Right Citizenship. See Posthumous Publications (1934-2006).]

1924 Higher Education in India, Past and Present. Convocation Address, October 29, 1924: University of Mysore. TPH.

1924 The Winning of Swaraj [Home Rule]; or, Opposing the Ordinance: Which Comes First? Articles, primarily from New India. Madras: Besant Press.

1930 The Simon Report. Commonwealth of India League. London: India Bookshop.

1931 England, India, Afghanistan and The Story of the Afghanistan: Or, Why the Tory Government Gags the Indian Press. [Reprinted from two 1879 Freethought Publishing Co. pamphlets.]

1932 India’s Struggle to Achieve Dominion Status. TPH. ["From the Watch Tower" article from Theosophist, with handwritten facsimile.]