Wednesday 29 June 2016

Friends of the ABC
Two of the greatest novels I have read are Tolstoy's ' War And Peace ' and Victor Hugo's ' Les Miserables '
Of the two, I regard Les Miserables the greater. That is because while War and Peace features mainly the Russian aristocracy before and after Napoleoon's invasion ( even the Russian officers were aristocrats ), Les Miserables presents all shades of society, even the gamins.
Around the middle of the book is mention of the Friends of the ABC Society, an organization of revolutionary French youth, led by Enjolras, many of whom later die at the barricades in the 1830 Revolution in France. Marius, a young man, who is one of the two central characters in the novel along with Jean Valjean, is a supporter of this group
I think there must be many Friends of the ABC in India today, though many may be unknown.. After all, India has had its Bhagat Singh, Surya Sen ( Masterda ), Chandrashekhar Azad, Bismil, Khudiram Bose, Ashfaqulla, etc

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