Tushar Kanjilal

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Tushar Kanjilal
Born Noakhali, British India
Occupation Social worker
Spouse(s) Bina Kanjilal
Children Three children
Parent(s) Dwigendralal Kanjilal
Awards Padma Shri

Tushar Kanjilal, is an Indian social worker, political activist, environmentalist, writer and a former headmaster of Rangabelia High School.[1] He was the founder of a non governmental organization, which merged with the Tagore Society for Rural Development, a social organization working for the upliftment of the rural people in Sunderbans region, in the Indian state of West Bengal.[2]

Born to Dwigendralal Kanjilal[3] in Noakhali, in the present day Bangladesh, Kanjilal's family migrated to West Bengal before the Indian independence.[4] He was attracted to Marxist ideologies from a young age and had a frequently disrupted education due to his activism. After his marriage to Bina, he settled in Rangabelia, a small hamlet in the Sunderbans region, where he stayed with his family of three children, Tanima, Tania and Tanmoy, and worked as the headmaster of the local high school.[4] There, he started his social service, founding an organization, which was later merged with the Tagore Society for Rural Development. He has also been involved in environmental activism[5] and has written a book, Who Killed the Sunderbans?, which deals with the issue of the destruction of the mangrove forests of Sunderbans.[6]

The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of Padma Shri in 1986.[7] He received the Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 2008.[8] Kanjilal is in the process of founding an institute, Interpretation Complex, which is aimed at dealing with the problems of the Sunderbans region.[4] He resides in Kolkata, West Bengal.[4]

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  1. ^ "Zoom Info profile". Zoom Info. 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Amitav Ghosh (2014). The Hungry Tide: A Novel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 352. ISBN 9780547525204. 
  3. ^ Board of Management. TSRD. 
  4. ^ a b c d Rural vision. India Today. 
  5. ^ "Sea's Rise in India Buries Islands and a Way of Life". The Dispatch.com. 11 April 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Tushar Kanjilal (2000). Who Killed the Sunderbans?. PA. ASIN B00BP0IMRM. 
  7. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Jamnalal Bajaj Award". Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation. 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015. [permanent dead link]

Further reading[edit]

  • Tushar Kanjilal (2000). Who Killed the Sunderbans?. PA. ASIN B00BP0IMRM.