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Saryu Gupta

Kolkata, West Bengal

July 10, 2024 to July 10, 2026

Saryu Gupta, born in Calcutta in 1888, hailed from Sonabong village in Dhaka-Vikrampur. Daughter of Devendramohan and Kumudini Sen, she was deeply inspired by Gandhiji's ideals and dedicated her life to the Congress party. In 1924, she co-founded Dhaka's 'GendabizaMahilaSamiti', using her expertise in homeopathy and midwifery to serve both rich and poor women.

By 1928, Saryu had become a prominent Congress representative for the Dhaka district. She joined the 'SatyagrahiSevika Dal' in 1930 and actively participated in the Civil Disobedience Movement, leading picketing efforts in Narayanganj. Along with Kamini Bose, Svaneti Bose, and Pratibha Sen, she faced imprisonment. Despite being widows and enduring harsh prison conditions, Saryu led a successful protest for the right to cook their food.

After Gandhiji's arrest in 1932, Saryu became the dictator of the Dhaka District Congress Committee. She courageously led a procession defying Section 144, resulting in her arrest and imprisonment. Her unwavering spirit and leadership inspired many.

Unfortunately, Saryu’s health deteriorated following her release from prison, and she passed away in 1945.

Name mentioned on page number 225 of the book "Swadhinata Sangrame Banglar Nari" written by Kamala Dasgupta.

Source: Md Ziauddin. Contributor FOR CCRT.