People's movements all over India and more so in North Bengal, have suffered a great loss. In his various roles as a Dalit Activist, a Social leader and the president of Samajwadi Jan Parishad, he will be sorely missed by everyone involved with people's movements.
He was a very active and close comrade of NAPM and was a guiding force.
Though being the founder president of a political party- Samajwadi Jan Parishad, Jugal Da, as popularly known among activists had never compromised on people's movements for electoral gains. Being an ardent Lohiawadi, he believed in people's power and people politics. His involvement in various movements spanned a wide spectrum right from the JP movement to language movement of Dr. Lohia to farmer and Dalit movements.
As a very active Dalit leader in North Bengal , he founded a strong UTJAT Organisation with values of non- violence when the Naxalbari Movement in the same area was on its peak. UTJAT advocated rights of Dalits and Backward class people in an aggressive manner. To advocate the cause of marginalised people, especially Dalits and backward classes, he worked effectively to bring various radical left parties and people of other ideologies together on a common platform.
Jugal Da believed in the tools suggested by Lohia and advocated that struggle, construction, electoral political and ideological communication should go hand in hand for bringing about social change. He gave up all his resources including land for the reconstruction and alternative development and established a Janata Kendra Centre in Adivasi areas of N. Bengal. The Kendra played a frontal role towards experimenting on various alternatives including agriculture.
Above all, he was a human being of great virtues and despite being busy and involved; he gave utmost importance to human and personal relationships.
He was a passionate human being with no-nonsense nature and a mature leader who always believed in solidarity and collective actions. He was a simple man practicing Samata, Sadagi and Swavalamban with a lot of sensitivity and sensibility. No one will be able to fill this great loss but we are sure his life will inspire us and always guide us in the path of struggle.
NAPM team salutes our great Comrade and leader
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