(Last Updated on : 20/08/2013)
Nibaran Chandra Dasgupta is a social worker who had left an indelible mark in the Non Cooperation Movement
that was launched by Mahatma Gandhi
. Nibaran Chandra Dasgupta born at Bikrampur which is currently at Bangladesh had been the Head Master of Purulia Zilla (District) School. Purulia at the contemporary age was a township in the district of Manbhum in the State of Bihar. He was also the honorary District Magistrate of Purulia who had left his job in 1921 to participate in the "Non Cooperation Movement" launched by Mahatma Gandhi, for which he served an imprisonment sentence.
As he was released Nibaran Chandra along with Atul Chandra Ghosh, founded "Shilpashram", (Rural Industry Development inside the Ashram living mode) initially at Deshbondhu Road then permanently at Telkalpara, Purulia
town. Soon, "Shilpashram" became the epicentre of the freedom struggle of Manbhum region.
All Congress activities of Manbhum district had the unique distinction of association with "Shilpashram". The foremost Indian political leaders and freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
and Dr. Rajendra Prasad
paid several visits to "Shilpashram". He was also the founder as well as the editor of "Mukti" the first Bengali bi-weekly from Manbhum district. The bi weekly created havoc amidst the lengths and breadths of captivated India. The biweekly even acted like a catalyst in the independence movement and "Language Agitation' or Bhasha Andolan. Like a true patriot Nibaran Chandra dedicated his life for the betterment of his countrymen fighting for a cause and dwelling amidst a belief that he counted to be ideal. He breathed his last at "Shilpashram" on 17 July 1935.
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