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Mukutdhari Singh

Dhanbad, Jharkhand

June 10, 2022 to June 10, 2023

Mukutdhari Singh was a freedom fighter from Jharia, Dhanbad district. His father’s name was Lt. Nandkeshwar Singh. He was born in 1905 in Bhadwar, Bhojpur, Bihar. He did his graduation from Patna University in History as a subject and left his Master's to participate in the freedom movement. From 1930-to 1945 he was in Motihari, Area, Patna city camp, Hazaribag and Gaya jail Mukutdhari Singh was one of the renowned journalist and freedom fighters of Jharia, Dhanbad. While he was a student and stayed in Patna he along with Devvrat Shastri edited a newspaper namely Navshakti. Mukutdhari Singh had contributed to the freedom movement Mukutdhari Singh's independence in 1948 sand was also arrested. Socialists were trying to establish a newspaper in the Manbhum district. The aim of this newspaper was to provide information, awakening the educated youth and labourers. The newspaper which started weekly named ‘’Jugantar” and Mukutdhari Singh had contributed immensely to the publication of this newspaper. In a book named History of Indian Journalism, his name is mentioned as the proprietor of Jugantar Newspaper published from Jharia. Along with Dev vrath Shastri, he was involved in the publication of the weekly” Navshakti.” He was the chief editor of the daily Rashtravani, and Navrashtra. From 1940-to 1945 from Jharia, Dhanbad successfully edited the newspaper’ Jugantar’. Due to the press censorship laws of Britishers and due to Indian Security laws he was arrested also. Mukutdhari Singh had immensely contributed to Jung-e-Azadi and labour movements. He was sent by Dr. Rajendra Prasad in 1937 to Jharia with a well-planned programme. A committee was formed for labourers' fixation on wages and to do a social survey by the congress party and Mukutdhari Singh was appointed as the chairman of this committee.  His interest area was reading, history, economics, labour movements, and journalism. He was also awarded Rajkiya Samman Patr in 1979.

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