Surendra Nath Hazarika, born in 1920 in Torabori, Morigaon district, Assam, was a freedom fighter whose name often remained in the shadows. His father, Rupram Hazarika, and mother, Thogita Hazarika, raised him in an environment that instilled in him, the values of independence and justice.
During the tumultuous times of the Quit India Movement, he emerged as a prominent figure in the Morigaon area, dedicated to spreading the message of freedom among rural communities. His relentless efforts caught the attention of the British authorities, resulting in his arrest in 1942. For several months, he endured imprisonment in Jorhat jail, where he remained steadfast in his commitment to the cause. Following his release, he continued his resistance against British rule by going underground, evading the clutches of the British police. In every corner of the country, amidst the suppression, he actively participated in various activities of the freedom movement, including processions, picketing, and engaging in Gandhi's initiatives like weaving and spinning. His elder brothers, too, were actively involved in the movement, displaying a shared commitment to India's liberation.
Post-independence, he dedicated himself to the betterment of society, particularly through education. He established schools in different villages, earning him the endearing title of "Suren Master" among the people. Recognizing his significant contributions, the Central and State Governments of India honoured him with the prestigious Tamra Patra and freedom fighters' pension. He passed away on 26 December 1978, in Morigaon, leaving behind a legacy of courage, sacrifice, and unwavering dedication to the cause of freedom.
Source: Dipsikha Bora Hazarika, Contributor for CCRT