Raj Kumar Shukla

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Raj Kumar Shukla was born in 1875 at Murli Bharahwa (मुरली भरहवा) Village (Gaunaha, West Champaran) of Bihar. His father's name was Kolahal Shukla.He was a villager from India who became famous for his association with Mahatma Gandhi during India's struggle for freedom. Raj Kumar Shukla was instrumental in inviting Gandhi to Champaran village in Bihar and this struggle was a turning in India's fight for independence.

Gandhi's close associates (Seated) Rajendra Prasad & Anugrah Narayan Sinha with others during Champaran Satyagraha


Raj Kumar Shukla met Mahatma Gandhi to make him aware of the plight of the cultivators in Champaran and persuaded him to go there. Though often described as a cultivator, he was a money lender from village Murli Bharwa near Narkatiaganj in West Champaran, earning, according to his own statement before the enquiry committee set up by the provincial government, a sum of rupees two thousand a month from interest [1][2] Brahambhatt Brahmins in Champaran had earlier revolted against indigo cultivation in 1914 (at Pipra) and 1916 (Turkaulia).

Gandhi in Champaran[edit]

Mahatama Gandhi arrived in Champaran with his team of eminent nationalists Rajendra Prasad, Anugrah Narayan Sinha, Brajkishore Prasad and the Champaran Satyagraha began.[3]

To commemorate his 125th birth anniversary, the Department of Posts released a stamp in his honour in 2000.[4]

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  1. ^ Tidrick, Kathryn (2006). Gandhi. I.B.Tauris. p. 117. ISBN 978-1-84511-166-3. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  2. ^ "West Chaparan District at a Glance". Tirhut Division. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  3. ^ Brown, Judith Margaret (1972). Gandhi's Rise to Power, Indian Politics 1915-1922: Indian Politics 1915-1922. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press Archive. p. 384. ISBN 978-0-521-09873-1. 
  4. ^ http://www.maharashtrapost.gov.in/htmldocs/oct2000.htm