Bankim Chandra Chattejee's Publications

Muchiram Gurer Jivancharita

Bankim was not satisfied with his civil service career. He remained utterly convinced that the English masters of India did not allow him to progress further despite his immense academic brilliance and job accomplishments. His long association with this branch of the Administration made him accutely aware of the comedy of errors that a lot of British officers were capable of and how the uneducated, cunning and corrupt local members of their staff used to exploit such ignorance to their advantage. Muchiram - the uneducated, inefficient, inactive and a complete and utter rogue - who was first employed as a "muhury" (copier), took full of the British Administration's inept and often ineffective system of staff appraisal, to rise to high level of the Government office. The story was a hillariously sarcastic description of such a sad state of affairs as would make Bankim totally disenchanted about the system and its monumental ineptitude. Contrast that to his own ability and confidence.


Much of the materials for this article was sourced from the Bankim Rachanabali (Complete Works of Bankim Chandra), Tuli-Kalam, Calcutta 1986