The 25-year-old revolutionary, whose 63-day hunger strike rocked British rule
On September 13, 1929, the day there was sudden silence in Lahore Central Prison, as a 25-year-old revolutionary succumbed to his wounds after 63 days of fasting. At the same time, the ground had slipped under the feet of the British Empire, seeing the number of its relatives. The city of Lahore had never seen Zulus for so long! The city and the whole country were mourned. Every Indian shed tears for his young revolutionary. He is also a revolutionary who had always included a class of British people, but unfortunately he is no longer among them. Maa Bharati’s brave soldier was none other than Jatindranath Das, Jatin Dan’s passionate freedom soldier.
When Das was only 9 years old, his mother passed away, after which he was taken into the care of his father. In 1920, he passed the final exam. He was studying more when Mahatma Gandhi started the âNon-Cooperation Movementâ. After which he also embarked on this movement. He also had to go to jail for this, but a few days later, when the commotion ended, he was released from jail. Continued to graduate from college again. However, their enthusiasm was still boiling to show something for the country. He was arrested and jailed for the Kakori case in 1925.
Where he saw the inhuman treatment of revolutionaries in prison, which caused him great pain. Das then began his fast against her. He had not been fasting for 20 days, but the young revolutionary did not give up. Due to his courage, the prison director was forced to apologize and was released from prison on the 21st day. Also, when Bhagat Singh invited him to come to Agra to make a bomb, he came to Agra from Kolkata. In 1929, when Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt threw bombs on the Assembly, the bombs were made by Jatindranath Das. On June 14, 1929, Das was arrested by the British and jailed in connection with the Lahore Plot case.
When he was put in prison, he again saw the hellish treatment of prisoners and was deeply saddened. While British prisoners had good facilities, revolutionary prisoners were treated inhumanely. Their clothes were not changed for several days, dirt was common in their barracks. However, he did not remain silent and began to fast. Das’s fast began on July 13, 1929. During this time, a lot of effort was made by the prison staff to feed him, but they failed to break the morale of this revolutionary.
It is said that Das drank only water during his fast. In view of their deteriorating health, the prison authorities prepared a plan, which had put a few pills in their water, keeping some Giza in his body. However, when Das learned of this, he stopped drinking the water. After this act of the British, the state of Das became critical and on the 63rd day of the fast, September 13, 1929, Jatindranath Das left the world forever.
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