Sitaram Seksaria (1892–1982) was an Indian independence activist, Gandhian, social reformer and institution builder from West Bengal, known for his contributions for the upliftment of Marwari community. He was a self-educated man. He was the founder of a number of institutions and organizations, including Shri Shikshayatan, a higher educational institution,[1] Marwari Balika Vidyalaya, a primary school,[2] Samaj Sudhar Samiti, a social organization, [3] Bangiya Hindi Parishad, a literary society dedicated for the propagation and development of Hindi language and literature and Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad, a non governmental organization.[4] For few years he also served as a minister in Azad Hind Fauj. The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honor of the Padma Bhushan, in 1962, for his contributions to society.[5] His life story has been compiled in a book, Padma Shri Sitaram Seksaria Abhinandan Granth, edited by Bhawarmal Singhi and published in 1974.[6] He died in 1982.


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  2. ^ "Growing Over the Years". The Telegraph. 28 December 2007. Archived from the original on 6 May 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  3. ^ Ashok Gupta (2005). Gupta Ashoka: In the Path of Service: A memoir of a Social Worker. Popular Prakashan. p. 254. ISBN 9788185604565.
  4. ^ "Brief History". Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad. 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  6. ^ Medha M. Kudaisya; Chin-Keong Ng, eds. (2009). Chinese and Indian Business: Historical Antecedents. Brill. p. 179. ISBN 9789004172791.