Jatindra Nath Das, also known as Jatin Das, was a revolutionary and Independence activist. He embraced death in Lahore jail after fasting for 63 days on September 13, 1929, aged 24 years.
He was a bright student and passed the Matriculation and Intermediate examinations in the First Division. He joined the Anushilan Samiti, a revolutionary group in Bengal, and participated in Mahatma Gandhi's Non-Cooperation movement in 1921, at the tender age of 17. While pursuing B.A. at Vidyasagar College in Calcutta, in November 1925, he was arrested for political activities and was jailed at the Mymensingh Central Jail, where he resorted to hunger strike to protest the ill-treatment meted out to political prisoners. After fasting for twenty days, the Jail Superintendent apologised and he gave up the fast.
Revolutionaries in other parts of India contacted him and he agreed to participate in bomb-making for Bhagat Singh and comrades. On June 14, 1929, he was arrested for revolutionary activities and was imprisoned in Lahore jail along with Bhagat Singh and others to be tried under the supplementary Lahore Conspiracy Case. In the Lahore jail, Das began a hunger strike along with other revolutionary fighters on June 15, 1929, demanding equality for Indian political prisoners with those from Europe.
On the 50th anniversary of his martyrdom, India Post paid homage to the memory of the young revolutionary by issuing a special postage stamp.
Forward Media Group pays humble tribute to Jatin Das on his 118th Birth Anniversary.
Write-up by: Arindam Mukherjee