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Roy when he was young, he was obviously very strongly attracted to Swadeshi and Vivekananda had a formidable influence on him and this continued I think till he went to Mexico. This is where he first discovered Marx and then his ideas changed as one can see from his...he wrote four books in Spanish. The first book is very conventional kind of book but the third is a large, bigger book. There he was very critical of Vivekananda and Aurobindo, and generally of religion and so on, mixing religion and politics, and one of the most interesting things about his writings in the Spanish was the first book was India Past, Present and Future and in that he spoke very highly of the Muslims, which was rather unusual for a Hindu Brahmin to do and his book would list achievements of Muslims in administration, in economics, how the karkhanas developed, and how the British came and destroyed whatever schemes and networks and so on. So there was I think throughout his life this striking thing about him, his appreciation of Islam.

Interviewed in Shantiniketan, West Bengal by Kris Manjapra

Interviewed in Dhaka, Bangladesh by Iftekhar Iqbal

Interviewed in Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Kris Manjapra

Interviewed in Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Kris Manjapra