Siddha Mohana Mitra

Other names: 

S. M. Mitra

Date of birth: 
01 Jan 1856
Precise DOB unknown: 
Date of death: 
01 Jan 1925
Precise date of death unknown: 

Siddha Mohana Mitra was born in 1856 and died in 1925. He was of Hindu-Bengali origin and had lived in Hyderabad for a number of years. Mitra had been editor of the Deccan Post.

From the begining of the twentieth century, Mitra wrote a number of books, published in London, on India. He was a regular contributor to the Asiatic Quarterly Review. He was a member of the Royal Asiatic Society and met a number of high-ranking Anglo-Indian officials. His book, Indian Problems, cited by Lord Curzon in a House of Lords debate in 1912 revealed Mitra's argument that the partition of Bengal had not had a detrimental effect on the region. George Birdwood wrote an introduction to this book, and encouraged Mitra to publish his work of fiction, Hindupore.


Maharani of Baroda, George Birdwood, John Murray (publisher)

Cobden Club, Royal Asiatic Society

Published works: 

British Rule in India, introduction by Sir James Fergusson, L. Ashburner, John Pollen and Colonel W. Loch (London: Dalziel and Co., 1905)

India and Imperial Preference (London: Cobden Club, 1907)

Indian Problems, introduction by Sir George Birdwood (London: J. Murray, 1908)

Hindupore: A peep behind the Indian unrest - an Anglo-Indian Romance (London: Luzac and Co., 1909)

Life and Letters of Sir John Hall, introduction by Read-Admiral R. Massie Blomfield (London: Longmans, 1911)

(with her Highness the Maharani of Baroda) The Position of Women in Indian Life (London: Longmans, 1911)

Anglo-Indian Studies (London: Longmans, 1913)

Peace in India, how to attain it (London: Longmans, 1922)

Contributions to periodicals: 

Asiatic Quarterly Review

Calcutta Review

The Fortnightly Review

The Hibbert Journal

Indian Review

Nineteenth Century


The Athenæum, 16 August 1913 (Anglo-Indian Studies)

The Times (Life and Letters of Sir John Hall)

The Morning Post (Life and Letters of Sir John Hall)

Contemporary Review (Life and Letters of Sir John Hall)

The Times (Indian Problems)

The Athenaeum (Indian Problems)

Saturday Review (Indian Problems)

The Times (The Position of Women in Indian Life)

The Morning Post (The Position of Women in Indian Life)

Contemporary Review (The Position of Women in Indian Life)

Spectator (The Position of Women in Indian Life)

Literary World (The Position of Women in Indian Life)

Manchester Guardian (The Position of Women in Indian Life)

The Daily Chronicle (The Position of Women in Indian Life)

Outlook (The Position of Women in Indian Life)

Conservative and Unionist Women's Franchise Review (The Position of Women in Indian Life)


Anglo-Indian Studies (London: Longmans, 1913), preface


My book, "Indian Problems", has not only been well received by the British Press, but has been quoted by Lord Curzon in a Debate in the House of Lords. Among my humble suggestions therein which aroused attention was the granting of the Victoria Cross to members of the Native Army, which was graciously taken into consideration by the King-Emperor, with the result that the much-coveted V. C. is now within the reach of my countrymen. Such circumstances have encouraged me to publish the present volume, "Anglo-Indian studies".