Anandmath is an extraordinary political novel. The plot, with its epical dimensions, is based on the sanyasi rebellion in Bengal in the late 18th century. The sanyasis fought the British against all odds, whom they regarded as an arch enemy of the country, and responsible for the terrible famine of 1772. In this novel Bankim also wrote Bande Mataram - Hail Motherland - and gave India its first national song, which later became a rallying call of the national freedom movement.
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arms army ashram asked Bande Mataram Bankim beautiful became began Bengal Bhavan bless body British brother cannon Chatterji child Children command continued dark daughter dead death Dhiren dressed duty English entered eyes face fell felt fight followed force forest give hands head hear heart hill holy horse human husband Jiban join jungle Kalyani kill leave literature live looked Mahatma Satya Mahendra Master mean milk mind Mother India Nabin never night Nimi novel once Padachina Perhaps poison replied rifle river rushed sang sanyasis sepoys Shanti shouted shouted Bande sing sister smiled soldiers song soon stay stood strength Tagore talk tears tell things Thou thought thousand trees turned victory village voice walked wife wife and child woman young