As was said earlier, many Indians
were proud of the English language, customs, manners and civilization. The feeling was
growing that everything Indian was contemptible. Malaviya who was an eminent scholar and
patriot was keen that Indian culture should receive due respect and educated men should
understand this culture. For this purpose he wanted to establish a University in Varanasi
Is it an easy task to establish a University? It is difficult to start and run even a
school. How difficult, then, should it be to start a University? And that, when a single
individual makes the attempt! But this devotee of the Goddess of Learning had once and for
all made up his mind.
The twenty-first session of the Indian National Congress was held in Benares.
Gopalakrishna Gokhale was the distinguished president. Pandit Malaviya took advantage of
the occasion. He called together the senior leaders of the Congress; he spoke to them,
about his strong desire to. establish a Hindu University in Benares. All the leaders
heartily welcomed the idea. Surrendranath Bannerjee, the, famous leader, stood up and
said: "I shall work free as a Professor of English in Benares Hindu University until
it can find a suitable scholar".