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Ramanand Khaitan

Dhanbad, Jharkhand

June 10, 2022 to June 10, 2023

Ramanand Khaitan was a freedom fighter from Jharia, Dhanbad. Ramanand Khaitan’s father's name was Vishweshwar Lal Khaitan. Ramanand Khaitan had four sons Lt. Mohan Khaitan, Krishna Khaitan, Shravan Khaitan, Navdeep Khaitan. Ramanand Khaitan was good at studies and closely associated with research work. He passed his matriculation with first division. After passing his matriculation exams he was involved in political and social activities. He used to sell newspapers and calendars but after meeting Industrialist Ramkrishna Dalmia, he became his secretary. He started participating in the freedom movement in 1930 Salt Satyagraha, he participated in the boycott of liquor shops, burning of foreign clothes, and selling of salt also. He was arrested and sent to the police station but afterward was shifted to Dhanbad jail for one year. The Quit India Movement started in the Dhanbad district from Katras and lathi was charged on freedom fighters and also firing was done. During the 1942 Quit India Movement Ramanand Khaitan hoisted the flag along with Harinand, B.P. Sinha at Katras police station, and for this he was arrested and sent to jail for one year. After independence with the establishment of the Katras Congress Committee, he became its secretary. After being freed from jail he associated himself with Indian Club. Along with another social activist, he ran the Indian Club, which was the center of political activities. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Jayprakash Narayan, and other eminent leaders came to this club. Ramanand Khaitan was active and played a major role in the establishment of DAV School, Dhanbad. He was a hardworking and honest person. He contributed immensely in every field such as education, literature, Philosophy, History, and Geography. He loved books and contributed a large number of books to the Indian club.  He received a copper plate from the Indian Government in 1972. He never took any type of pension, other benefits nor the congress ticket offered to him by the Congress party to contest elections. Ramanand Khaitan died on 4th February 2000.

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