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#TarakanathDas -
A Krantikari International Scholar in Exile.

Taraknath was born on this day in 1884 at Bengal.

When he was 16, he wrote an essay about Patriotism in a competition and the judge
#Barrister_P_Mitter was highly impressed with the quality..
He ensured Taraknath join #AnushilanSamithi for which he was one of the founder.

Similar to celebrating Shivaji Festival at Maharashtra, Taraknath started to celebrate festival of #RajaSitaramRay, a Hindu King who dared the Michaels for years.
In the year 1906, during festival celebrations, #BhaghaJatin #Taraknath
#ShirishchandraSen #Satyendrasen met and came to an understanding which was kept as a second.
What they discussed in 1906 was finally relieved by Taraknth himself in 1952 when he came back to Free Bharat
& attended martyrdom day of Bhagha Jatin.

Along with specific higher education, they were to acquire military training and knowledge of explosives. They were especially urged to create a climate of sympathy among people of the free Western countries in favour of Bharat's
decision to win freedom.

In 1908, at US, he started a monthly magazine called Free Hindustan as well as a school for the Indian immigrants that taught English and legal rights. Urged by his mentor Jatindranath Mukherjee (Bagha Jatin), Taraknath joined the
Norwich Military Academy in Vermont, U.S., in 1908 to train himself for armed insurrection in India. However, his plans were aborted when he was expelled for his anti-British activities.

TaraknathDas established India Independence League & later formed #GadharParty along with
Nana Hardayal, Pandurang Sadashiv Khankhoje and after 1857 uprising, this was the first organised attempt against British.
Many revolutionaries

Taraknath was closely associated with the Gadar Party and Lala Har Dayal, from Delhi who came to the U.S. in 1911
who taught Sanskrit and Philosophy at Stanford, and was forced to resign because of his outspoken criticism of the British.

Once the United States entered the 1st World War on the side of Britain, the freedom fighters of Bharat and Germans were arrested and tried in
California in 1917. This came to be called the Hindu Conspiracy Case. Taraknath Das was one of those convicted and served about one and a half years in a federal prison. Upon release, he turned to more peaceful pursuits than the attempt to smuggle arms into India.
Dr. Das belonged to both Bharat and to the U.S. and obtained U.S. citizenship around the beginning of the First World War which the U.S. government later tried to take away from him because he was a convicted felon and suspected because of his great hostility to the
British Empire. He fought to retain his American citizenship and succeeded.
Like many of the freedom fighters, even he got fed up with the activities of British Agents Gandhi and Nehru, he turned spiritual in later life like his Guru Aurobindo and concentrated on getting
support for freedom from people who had settled outside Bharath.

Tarak was among those who suffered emotionally from the Partition of India in 1947 and vehemently opposed the process of balkanisation of South Asia till his last day.

He earned a Ph.D. degree from the University
of Washington in political science. As one concerned with his two countries, he was particularly engaged by the fate of his motherland which for most of his life was ruled by the British.
After Bharat was free,
After 46 years in exile, he revisited his motherland Bharath in 1952
Once here, felt somewhat disillusioned by what he found, and then came back to the U.S. which was now his home.

Taraknath Das passed away upon return to the United States on 22 December 1958, aged 74.

The great man had long been concerned with the difficulties of
Bharatiya students abroad. That is the primary reason why he started the Foundation in the 1930's. At first he took the money out of his own pocket to help some struggling Indians whom he encountered. Gradually this aid project became institutionalized.

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