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Matangini Hazra And Kanaklata Barua

Matangini Hazra And Kanaklata Barua:

President Droupadi Murmu, during her address on the eve of Independence Day, paid tribute to women freedom fighters. She mentioned two notable figures: Matangini Hazra and Kanaklata Barua ,exemplified the spirit of India’s struggle for independence and their contributions continue to be honoured and remembered.

Matangini Hazra:

  • Born in 1869 in a village near Tamluk, West Bengal, she was married at a young age and became widowed by 18.
  • After her husband’s death, she dedicated herself to social causes and became deeply involved in the Nationalist movement, supporting Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals.
  • Hazra participated in various protests, including the Civil Disobedience Movement and the Salt March.
  • During the Quit India Movement in 1942, at the age of 73, she led a large procession of around 6,000 protesters, advocating for the takeover of the Tamluk police station.
  • In the ensuing clash with British authorities, she was shot and killed, becoming a martyr for the cause of Indian independence.

Kanaklata Barua:

  • Kanaklata Barua was a young martyr of the Quit India Movement and a symbol of courage and determination.
  • At just 17 years old, she led the Mrityu Bahini, a group of freedom fighters, in an attempt to hoist the Tricolour at the Gohpur police station in Assam on September 20, 1942.
  • Despite her age, she was determined to lead the procession, and her brave efforts left a lasting impact.
  • During the confrontation with the police, she was shot and killed while holding onto the flag.
  • Her sacrifice inspired many during a time when women’s involvement in the freedom struggle was gaining momentum. I
  • n 2020, a Coast Guard vessel was named after her as a tribute to her bravery.