Silchar: Unarguably Bengal freedom fighters have not been respected, revered or honoured by the government. Long before Mahatma Gandhi joined the nation’s freedom struggle, Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gandhaghar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Paul took upon themselves the task of educating masses about the exploitative nature of the British.
They moved across the country and taught people about the need and importance of achieving freedom. But, names of these freedom fighters have somewhere lost and they have not been respected as they deserved. These words were spoken by a large number of speakers who commemorated the 161st birth anniversary of Bipin Chandra Paul here on Wednesday.
Bipin Chandra Paul is known as the ‘Father of Revolutionary Thoughts’ in India. He was a noted politician, journalist, an eminent orator and one of the three famous patriots, known as the trilogy of ‘Lal Bal Pal’. He was born on November 7, 1858, in Poil, a village in Habiganj district (Sylhet), now a part of Bangladesh, to a wealthy Hindu Kayastha family. He made major contributions in the field of journalism and literature. Pal made major contributions as a journalist and writer. He started the Bengali weekly Paridarshak in 1886, worked as an editor of the Bengali Public Opinion and had short stints with the Lahore Tribune, The Democrat and The Independent.
His books include a Bengali biography of Queen Victoria, Indian Nationalism, Swaraj and the Present Situation, and The Basis of Social Reform. All these aspects of his life were put forth by the various speakers at the commemoration programme which was held at the premises of Silchar Municipal Board. The speakers paid their rich tributes to the temporary statue bust of Bipin Chandra Paul, the great freedom fighter.