The participation of Sheel Bhadra Yajee in the Indian freedom movement began in 1928 when, as a student, he attended the Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress. He joined in the Congress Socialist Party four years later and became involved in the Kisan movement in India. Later, he came in close touch with Subhas Chandra Bose and Mahatma Gandhi.
In 1939, he joined Bose to found the All India Forward Bloc. He was actively associated with the Indian National Army or Azad Hind Fauz commanded by Subhas Bose during the time of Second World War, with the aid of Japan and Germany. Sheel Bhadra Yajee also raised his voice against caste prejudices and other social evils that grasped the social system in India. He was a firm believer in the active participation of the peasants, workers and the middle classes in the struggle for the transformation of society. After independence, Yajee was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 27 April 1957 to 2 April 1958, 3 April 1958 to 2 April 1964, and 3 April 1966 to 2 April 1972.
Sheel Bhadra Yajee wrote several books such as "A Glimpse of the Indian Labour Movement", "Forward Bloc and Its Stand", "Is Socialism a Necessity to India", and "True Face of Monopolistic American Democracy". The government of India issued a commemoration stamp on him on January 28, 2001.
He passed away in the year 1996.
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