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Initially written in 1882 by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Anandamath takes the reader back to Bengal in the clutches of the famine, the backdrop of the pre-independence struggle and the turmoil of human lives caught in this frame of time. The novel's plot reveals the various dimensions of life in the backdrop of the Sannyasi Rebellion - such as the plight of the people wrecked by lack of food and hunger that drove them to the brink of cannibalism, the militant rebels, and women's participation alongside their husbands. It is considered one of the most remarkable Bangla and Indian literary works. The rebellion was fought by the sannyasi or monks and the common multitudes who took up arms against the tyranny of the British colonisers and their excesses and significantly taxes in such a time of privation. Bankim also gave us the song "Vande Mataram", which became the rallying call for rebels. The first two stanzas eventually became the National song of India. One of the gems of Indian Literature, "Anandmath", carries a deep sentiment of nationalism which was the essence of the freedom struggle.

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