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Akshay Kumar Das

Barpeta, Assam

June 10, 2022 to June 10, 2023

Akshay Kumar Das is an idealistic Gardhian leader. He was one of the leading people of the great movement. Akshay Kumar Das, popularly known as Akshay Babu, was born on March 18, 1899 Father Manhari Das was a devotee of Satriya art and culture and her mother Vrindavali Das was an ideal mother. Akshay Kumar Das was a brilliant student from an early age. He passed the matriculation examination in 1918 in the first division from Barpeta Government High School. He took a B.A. degree with English Honors in 1921 from Cotton College. After completing his M.A. in English from Presidency College, Calcutta took admission at Ripon College to study law. But under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, the whole of India became a jury. Therefore he returned to Assam and participated in the independence movement. Later, in 1927, Aksay babu completed their Law degree here and started practicing law in Barpeta in 1928. But in 1930, he boycotted practicing advocacy in the cal of Mahatma Gandhi and jumped into the independence movement. During that time he became a member of the Congress and led the Barpeta district at various stages of the freedom struggle. He was convicted of hoisting the national flag on January 26 on the premises of the Barpeta Kirtanghar and sentenced to six months of rigorous imprisonment. However, he was released along with other political prisoners under the 1931 Gandhi Irwin Pact. He held various positions in the Barpeta Congress Committee and became a member of the Executive Committee of the Assam Congress Committee also. Due to his quality and dedication to the great cause, he was elected as State Vice-Chairman also. In 1945, he became the President of the Local Board for the first time as a Congress candidate. At that time, he was a so the chairman of the school board. After the Independence of the country, in 1952 and 1962, he was twice elected to the Assam Legislative Assembly from the Sorbhog constituency as a candidate of the Congress party. He was a saint in his political and personal life. Akshay Babu’s life was very simple and frugal. His role in the social life of Barbera was immense At that time, the common people of the town were very reserved and they have strong adherence to tradition The Kaivarta community, like the Harijans, was not allowed to enter into the Kirtan Ghar. It has been practiced for a long time. Akshay Babu was able to assert the right of Harijans to enter Kirtan Ghar, the Famous Holy shrine.

In 1969, he became the Acting President of the Reception Committee of the 36th Barpeta Session of the Assam Sahitya Sabha. The session was successfully conducted. He is involved in various social activities, establishment of schools Iike, Gopinath Bardalai High School Barpeta Road, Howley High School, Chhayaram Girls’ Educational Institution, Barpeta Vidyapeeth and the Tarunram Phukan Hall, etc. Until 1958, there was no other mode of transport from Barpeta to Guwahati except by rail. As a member of the Assam Legislative Assembly, Akshay Kumar Das take initiative to construct the PWD road from Barpeta to Hajo to Guwahati, which is presently known as State Highway. Akshay Kumar Das was the driving force behind the introduction of telephone services and electricity in Barbera. Born in the Sutradhara dynasty, Akshay Kumar Das was closely associated with Sankari Art & Culture. He could sing Borgeet in a melodious tone. He died in 1941, leaving behind two daughters and a son.

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