Chapter 8. Terrorism, Literature, and Sedition in Colonial India

  1. Elleke Boehmer Professor1 and
  2. Stephen Morton Senior Lecturer2
  1. Stephen Morton Senior Lecturer

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310085.ch8

Terror and the Postcolonial

Terror and the Postcolonial

How to Cite

Morton, S. (2009) Terrorism, Literature, and Sedition in Colonial India, in Terror and the Postcolonial (eds E. Boehmer and S. Morton), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310085.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Oxford, UK

  2. 2

    University of Southampton, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Southampton, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191548

Online ISBN: 9781444310085



  • terrorism, literature, and sedition in colonial India;
  • “terrorism, sedition, lawlessness, and mozufferpure [sic] outrage”;
  • British government's counter-terrorism strategy;
  • Hindi Punch cartoonist's - juxtaposition of terrorism, sedition, and lawlessness;
  • British government's intervention - plague epidemic in Poona, May 4, 1897;
  • deliberate attempt of oppressing people;
  • Kesari's seditious writing - the Sedition Committee Report of 1918;
  • Bal Gangadhar Tilak trial - for sedition in High Court of Judicature in Bombay;
  • Siri Ram Revolutionist - A Transcript from Life 1907–1910;
  • subaltern pasts and colonial intelligence limits


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • “… so admirably vague” Sedition Legislation in the Indian Penal Code

  • Sedition and Colonial Intelligence Gathering in Edmund Candler's Siri Ram Revolutionist

  • Subaltern Pasts and the Limits of Colonial Intelligence

  • Pather Dabi and the Bengali Revolutionaries of Burma

  • Acknowledgments

  • References