Tushar Kanjilal
Born(1935-03-01)1 March 1935
Noakhali, British India
Died29 January 2020(2020-01-29) (aged 84)
OccupationSocial worker
SpouseBina Kanjilal
ChildrenThree children
ParentDwigendralal Kanjilal
AwardsPadma Shri

Tushar Kanjilal (1 March 1935 – 29 January 2020)[1] was an Indian social worker, political activist, environmentalist, writer and headmaster of Rangabelia High School.[citation needed] 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 was also involved in environmental activism[5] and wrote 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.[1] Kanjilal was in the process of founding an institute, Interpretation Complex, which is aimed at dealing with the problems of the Sunderbans region.[4] He resided in Kolkata, West Bengal.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Tushar Kanjilal – Jamnalal Bajaj Award 2008 Recipient – Application of Science & Technology for Rural Development". Jamnalal Bajaj Awards. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  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.

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