Champaran Indigo Boomed into Freedom Struggle

champaran stampsBy Ganesh Prasad Chowdhary

rajkumar shukla stampIt was freedom war fought without any weapon under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. Freedom was won without opening of gun fired. Many ideology played pivotal role in the long battle of independence movement, The armed rebellion movement laid by Subash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh and many more has significant importance. Many years of sacrifices by our people, our great country gained independence on 15th August 1947.

Mahatma Gandhi  who started his carrier as Lawyer at South Africa in course of time he became a great leader and involved in Indian community who were facing indiscriminate and brutal attitude of English rulers in their trade and business. There was also color hate for Indians and other black people. He faced them bravely and ultimately successful in mitigating the sufferings there the Indian community.

He arrived back in India in 1915 and started organizing national organization and struggle against British rule in India and campaigns for social upliftment and reform in crushing poverty and untouchoubility,prompting women right and religious harmony

He extended his full assistance to the indigo peasants in Champaran of Bihar who were paid a very small wage and living in very below human conditions.A local peasant Rajkumar Shukla   approached Gandhi ji for his support for the matter againstthe   English establishment who were compelling the farmers and peasants for cultivation of indigo popularly known as tinkathia which mean three kathas in twenty kathas of land(3/20) at great loss.

Finally Gandhiji was successful for the cause of the farmers and peasant.Peasant Rajkumar Shukla featured in Indian Postage stamps which was issued on 16.10.2000 on the occasion his 125th birth day to pay homage to him and great respect.

Writer is Retired Postmaster and Stamps Collector

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