Friday, January 1, 2016

THREE YOUNG REVOLUTIONARIES AND FREEDOM FIGHTERS OF INDIA


                                                                     
     

( LEFT TO RIGHT YOUTHFUL  URDU POET ALI SARDAR JAFRI , CHITOPRASADA AND  KALPANA JOSHI IN MUMBAI.   THE YOUNG COMMUNISTS )

On this Highway of existence, Meeting and parting is surely a normal routine ? Does a man always receive pain on meeting or parting from fellow travellers on this Highway ?

I quote Poet Ali Sardar Jafri…..

Ikk Ikk kar ke Khileen Thhi Kaliyaan Ikk Ikk kar ke Phool Gaye ,
Ikk Ikk Kar ke Hum Se Bichhadey Baagh e jahaan mein Yaar Bahut..
Jo Bhi Mila hai Le aayein Hain Daag e Dil Ya Daag e jigar ,
Vaadi Vaaadi Manzil Manzi Bhatkey hain “SARDAR” Bahut ..

And Kalpana Dutta became kalpana joshi after she married P C Joshi in 1943.PC Joshi was General Secretary CPI .Kalpana was a firebrand Bengali revolutionary freedom fighter who fought against British Raj  along with  Surya Sen. Unfortunately,  she  remained unsung. She also  did exemplary work during Bengal famine. In fact ,she was also sentenced for life and deportation   by British rulers and released  some years after Gandhi Ji personally intervened.

 And  Chitoprasad or  Chittoprosada Battacharya was  another Communist from Bengal . He joined the grassroots movement to resist both colonial oppression by the British, and also the feudal oppression of the landed  gentry in Bengal. He was a self taught painter.He lived at Andheri  Mumbai and painted some fine portraits of Stalin, Lenin, Mao and a series on Bengal famine. Sardar Jafri  and other friends called him Chitta. He died at a young age of 63 in 1978.
                                                                                 
                                                                           


                                      ( A Bengal famine Sketch by Chitaprosada Battacharya )


( Autar Mota )



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