Jatindra Nath Das

Longest Hunger Strikes

Jatindra Nath Das born on 27 October 1904 in Calcutta, British India. He is more commonly known as Jatin Das. He was a zealot and hardworking independence activist. From childhood, he was quite enthusiastic to gain his goals and achieve his rights. He even joined Gandhi’s Non-Cooperation movement in 1929 when he was just 17 years old. One of the longest records for surviving without food, he began hunger strike with his other social mates In Lahore jail. He demanded equality for Indian Political prisoners with the prisoners who came from Europe. Indians were treated very harshly and lived a pitiful life in jail.

There was definite injustice shown towards Indian prisoners. There was no proper care of hygiene. Das started his hunger strike on 10 June 1929 and lasted till 63 days. Jail authorities tried to force feed him but it was useless. Later they suggested the Government to release them but Government of that time offered to release him on bail only. As a result of prolong fasting, Jatin died on 13 Sept. 1929 while he was on the hunger strike in prison. Durga Bhabi led his funeral to Calcutta to tribute his hard work and sacrifice. Thousands of people paid homage to Jatindra Das. Many political leaders from all over the world also acknowledged his endeavors.

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