Subodh Roy

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Subodh Roy
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Personal details
Born 1916
Chittagong District, Bengal Province, British India
Died 2006
Calcutta, India
Nationality Bengali, Indian
Political party Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Profession Indian independence movement activist, Revolutionist

Subodh Roy (1916–2006)[1] (also known as Jhunku Roy) was an Indian Bengali revolutionary socialist who was influential in the Indian independence movement, and a politician.


Subodh Roy was born in 1916 in a rich family at Chittagong in erstwhile-undivided Bengal. At the age of 14, he was the youngest participant in the Chittagong armoury raid in 1930-31 under the direction of the revolutionary leader Surya Sen (Masterda). Roy was in the first batch to be sentenced.[1]

After the trial, Subodh Roy was deported to the Cellular Jail in Port Blair in 1934.[1]

After the release from jail in 1940, he joined communist politics and became a member of the Communist Party of India. After the independence, he shifted to Calcutta and joined as a wholetimer at the Provincial Centre of the Party. After the split in Communist Party of India in 1964, Subodh Roy sided with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)). And he was a longstanding member of the West Bengal state committee of the CPI(M).[2]

Subodh Roy made a major scholarly contribution to the history of the communist movement. After research in the National Archives, he edited a book "Communism in India: Unpublished Documents".[2]

Popular culture[edit]

Delzad Hilwade played the role of young Subodh Roy(Jhunku) in Bedabrata Pain's film Chittagong.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Model revolutionary". 1930-04-18. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Comrade Subodh Roy Passes Away". 2006-09-03. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
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