Assam's role in the historic Quit India Movement
The Quit India Movement was the definitive freedom movement of India's Independence struggle.
Like the rest of the nation, several prominent leaders from Assam made a significant contribution to the movement and were also arrested within days of adopting the movement.
In Assam, the Quit India Movement took place at Kamrup, Nagaon, Darrang, Sivasagar, Golaghat, and Barpeta. Assam witnessed an unmatched game of tears and blood during the 1942 Quit India Movement. For the first time, the role of Assam in the independence movement came to the fore. Several Assamese women, who were members of the Mrityu-Bahini or Santi-Sena were the backbone of the movement.
Here are some of the freedom fighters from Assam who played a significant role in the Quit India Movement:
Kushal Konwar - Kushal Konwar was the only martyr in the country who was hanged during the Quit India Movement.
Hem Barua - Hem Barua was a freedom fighter, poet and social activist from Assam. he left the job of a lecturer to participate in 'Quit India Movement' for which he was imprisoned in 1943. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of the modern literary movement in Assam.
Maniram Dewan - He was one of the greatest freedom fighters of Assam. He was one of the key players in the movement.
Bhogeswari Phukanani - She was one of the prominent martyrs of the Quit India Movement, from Nagaon District of Assam. She succumbed to severe injuries while protecting the dignity of the Indian Flag from getting insulted by a British officer.
Kanaklata Baruah - She was martyred during a march towards hoisting the Congress Flag from Chaiduar to Gohpur Police Station in Sonitpur district.
Other significant fighters from Assam who made an untimely sacrifice for the country's independence are - Mukunda Kakoti, Monbor Nath, Moniram Boro, Ratan kochari, Kumoli Devi, Kohuli Devi, Kolai Koch, Hemoram Pator.
A sculpture of some martyres from Assam