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Jagdish Narayan

South Andaman, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

August 05, 2022

Jagdish Narayan, son of Master Ram Narayan, was born on 02 December 1934 at Aberdeen village of Port Blair. Jagdish Narayan was an active member of the Indian Independence League. His father Master Ram Narayan was also an active member of the League, who was arrested in October 1943.

During the Second World War in March 1942, Japanese landed at different spots of the Andaman Islands. They forthwith occupied the entire Andaman Islands. The prominent residents were the key persons to initially constitute the Andaman branch of the Indian Independence League in April 1942 following the path of Rash Behari Bose. The League members worked with the objectives of organizing, strengthening, and collecting funds for the League. Further, under the Indian Independence League (IIL), different sister branches were formed. Jagdish Narayan liberally joined the Cultural Wing of the Indian Independence League. He took part in the various functions of the Wing. They also motivated the people through extensive public meetings, cultural shows, patriotic songs, and dramas, etc. These activities helped in the involvement of the islanders of far-flung areas in various activities of the League.

Meanwhile, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose arrived in the Andaman Islands on 29 December 1943. On 30 December at Gymkhana Ground of Port Blair, he hoisted the Indian flag for the first time in the history of India’s freedom struggle. Jagdish Narayan and other League members were working enthusiastically in the activities of the Cultural Wing. After his departure, Netaji sent Major General Arcot Doraiswamy Loganadan to Andaman. He arrived on 18 February 1944 in the Andamans as Chief Commissioner of Azad Hind Government of Andaman and Nicobar Islands appointed by Netaji. He was accompanied by his staff consisting of Major Mansoor Ali Alvi, Lieutenant Mohammed Iqbal, Lt. Suba Singh, and steno-typist Mr. Srinivasa Shastri. They established the Azad Hind Government to carry out civil administration in the islands. The Indian Independence League (IIL), members of both male and female including Jagdish Narayan actively took part in the functioning of the Azad Hind Government.

After the independence, in the later part of his life, he became Assistant Director in the Andaman and Nicobar Administration.

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