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Madhabendra Goswami

North 24 Parganas, West Bengal

March 17, 2023 to March 17, 2024

Madhabendra Goswami, an unsung hero of the Indian freedom movement, was born in 1913 in undivided Bengal, near present-day Dhaka in Bangladesh. He actively participated in the 1930 Salt March and was subsequently sentenced to one and a half years in prison. In 1942, he was arrested again for the Bhanga SI Murder Case in Faridpur and imprisoned. Despite being tortured by the British police during his imprisonment, he remained steadfast and did not divulge any information about the freedom movement. Despite being offered government jobs, large sums of money, and a secure life, he remained resolute in his determination to preserve his self-confidence and not leak any confidential information about the secret mission.

Madhabendra Goswami, a simple Bengali freedom fighter, emerged victorious against the British police after spending five years in the Alipore Central jail in Calcutta. Upon his release, he settled in Ashoknagar in the North 24 Parganas district, where he lived until his death in 2010 at the age of approximately 97. In 2008, the Government of India honoured him with the Swatantra Sainik Samman Pension Scheme. Goswami remained active in various social activities, including teaching, planting trees, organizing cultural programs, and more, until his passing. He served as an inspiration for the youth and was highly regarded by both the local inhabitants and Bengalis. He remains an icon to this day.

Source: Mrinal Saha, DRP, CCRT