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Evelyn Trent Roy

October 15, 2012

ImageEvelyn Trent was a mystery in political circles for long time. That mystery was solved for the first time with the publication of this book by Dr Innaiah Narisetti.

M.N.Roy the philosopher-revolutionary  at international level married Evelyn Trent in 1917  in USA. She was a Stanford university graduate who played intellectual role in the life of M.N.Roy and international communist movement at Soviet Union, Mexico, and Europe. Her name was known as Shanti Devi only.

M.N.Roy wrote his Memoirs which was serialised in Radical Humanist weekly from India and later as a book in Bombay. But surprisingly he did not mention her name nor about his married life with her. Hence the mystery remained and even close associates of M N Roy are not aware of Evelyn Trent.

But things cannot be camouflaged for long. In the history of communist party of India the role of Evelyn Trent came out., because Muzafar Ahmed recorded her role. Evelyn was the founder member of Indian communist party in exile at Tashkent during 1920. Earlier Evelyn Trent travelled along with M N Roy to Mexico where they founded communist party first time outside soviet union. That was big eye opener to Lenin, who was international leader of communist movement at that time. On his invitation both Roys travelled to Soviet Union in 1919 and there Evelyn taught in the international political school. She contributed articles under the name: Shanti Devi. She looked after the international journals: Masses, and Imprecor from Europe when Roy was busy travelling. Dhan Gopal, poet from India and a friend of Jawaharlal Nehru was in Stanford University by 1910 who introduced Evelyn to M N Roy.

Evelyn the 8 th child of her father Mr Lamartine, mining engineer, was a brilliant student. Again for reasons not known to the public, M N Roy and Evelyn separated in 1925 and she came back to USA where she settled  and died in 1970.

Several eminent scholars on political science interviewed Evelyn through Robert C.North, the political science professor in Stanford University. But she preferred to remain anonymous. M N Roy was supposed to be a truth teller; did not tell truth about his first wife. He married Allen later and lived in India.

Dr Innaiah Narisetti undertook the task of research on Evelyn and gathered several valuable papers about her. The Institute of social science at Amsterdam supplied him some papers. He also interviewed the son of Evelyn Trent`s sister namely Mr Diven Meredith in Los Angeles during 1990s.

This book with all the available record is first of its kind in the world; which is now available as e-book at kinige.