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Dandi Rajkonwar

Charaideo, Assam

September 19, 2023 to September 19, 2024

Dandi Rajkonwar, born in the village of Lakwa Ujjoni Mohon Deudhai in Assam's Sivasagar district, hailed from a humble family. His parents, Nodai Rajkonwar and Teteri Rajkonwar, instilled in him a sense of pride for Indian-made goods, and he became well-known for consistently wearing khadi garments from a young age. His early education was acquired in his local village.

Rajkonwar wholeheartedly embraced the Non-Cooperation Movement and dedicated himself to raising awareness among his fellow villagers, inspiring them to join the resistance against oppressive British colonial policies. During the Quit India Movement of 1942, a pivotal campaign spearheaded by Mahatma Gandhi, he played a pivotal role in rallying volunteers from the remote corners of Assam. He notably joined a group led by Umakant Rajkonwar, alongside other dedicated individuals, in occupying the Sonari Thana despite a harsh lathi charge by British police forces. He was prominently involved in an incident that derailed a train between Lakwa and Sufray stations. Due to his active participation, he faced accusations but managed to evade capture by going underground, persisting in his struggle.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the freedom movement, the Government of Assam honoured Dandi Rajkonwar in 1997, bestowing upon him a Tamra Patra. Rajkonwar's life journey continued for 107 years until he peacefully passed away on January 25, 2013.

Copper plate awarded to Dandi Rajkonwar by the Government of Assam in 1997

Source: Priyanka Rajkumari, Contributor for CCRT