India Post is today issuing a commemorative postage stamp on Dr.Nilratan Sircar.Dr. Sir Nilratan Sircar (1 October 1861–18 May 1943) was an eminent Indian doctor, educationist, philanthropist and swadeshi entrepreneur. Sircar was born on 1 October 1861 in Netra,Bengal His father Nandalal Sircar came from a poor family. Aside from his contribution to the field of medicine, Dr Sircar also contributed greatly to the cause of education, commerce and politics during his lifetime. He was directly or indirectly involved in foundation and administration of various national science institutes in Bengal.
This was also a time of great enormous political turmoil in the Indian subcontinent. The Independence movement was slowly but surely gaining momentum and here too, Sircar was at the helm of affairs. He was closely associated with several leading luminaries of that time, including Rabindranath Tagore,Mahatma Gandhi,Jagdish Chandra Bose,Motilal Nehru and Netaji Subhash Chandra BoseHe was a member of the Indian National between 1890 and 1919, Sircar also served as a member of the Bengal Legislative Congress under the reform scheme. His enthusiastic support for the Swadeshi Movement saw him set up the National Soap Factory and the National Tannery at Beliaghata in 1905. He was the Director of the Boot and Equipment Factory for period of time and encouraged his manager B.M.Das to organise the Bengal Tanning Institute. He died in Giridih on 18 May 1943 aged 81.