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Kanailal Bandopadhyay

North 24 Parganas, West Bengal

September 19, 2023 to September 19, 2024

Kanailal Bandopadhyay, a devoted member of the Prakhya Samiti, was deeply connected to the history of India's struggle for Independence. As a young disciple during the daring Chittagong Armoury raid led by Masterdar, Kanailal's courage shone brightly. Alongside his remarkable football skills, he actively participated in numerous anti-British activities.

However, his Kanailal Bandopadhyay’s fearless pursuit of freedom led to his arrest and imprisonment in Alipore, Dum Dum, and Hijli jail. During these periods, which collectively spanned an astonishing nine years, Kanailal dedicated himself to self-improvement. He obtained a degree in chemistry, mastered classical and other forms of music, and even acquired a harmonium using funds earned during his time in prison. His passion for Bhatiali songs, often heard while cruising on boats along the riverbanks of Bangladesh, spoke to his deep connection with the culture and people of the region.

Kanailal Bandopadhyay's commitment extended beyond personal growth. He founded the "Belgharia'sChatra Mangal Samiti," an organization where wrestling and various social activities thrived, all while secretly advancing the cause of armed revolution.

In his later years, Kanailal Bandopadhyay became part of the Workers' Party, and as the Congress split, he relocated to 18, Surya Sen Street. His unwavering dedication did not go unnoticed, and on August 15, 1972, the Indian Prime Minister honored him with a Tamrapatra, symbolizing the nation's gratitude for his selfless service. Kanailal Bandopadhyay's legacy lives on, a testament to his enduring commitment to the fight for India's freedom.

Kanailal Bandopadhyay  passed away on March 10, 2000.

Copper plate awarded to Kanailal Bandopadhyay by the Government of India in 1972

Source: Palash Raha, Contributor for CCRT