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  • Writer's pictureRohan Shenoy

Sudhanshu Biswas - An exemplary, devoted and dedicated son of our nation

Updated: Jan 7, 2021

Shri Sudhanshu Biswas is a devoted son of India. His life is a classic example of living for others. He spent his early life fighting with Britishers to free his motherland. Post-independence, his effort in rehabilitating thousands of refugees was exemplary. Since 1970, he has dedicated his life to man making education at the grass root level possible and providing vocational training to rural youths. He is a tireless silent worker who has changed the lives of the poor in distant villages of India.

Sri Biswas was spiritually initiated by the great saint Swami Vireshwarananda, the tenth President of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. He used to practice ‘sadhanan’ and ‘japam’ for hours daily, as prescribed by his Guru. Revered Swami Ramananda, presently at Ramakrishna Mission of Service, Varanasi was the monk who had laid the foundation stone of this Ashram. Sri Ramananda ji Maharaj was the inspiration, guide and mentor of Sri Biswas for his entire life.

Sri Biswas was blessed and had close ties with many saints of Ramakrishna order. He liked to visit Belur Math and other centres of Ramakrishna Math. He was very fond of travelling to the Advaita centre of Mayawati, in the Himalayas. He used to recite Gita everyday along with Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita.

Sri Biswas was seva personified. A person whose entire life has been spent loving and caring for others. He has run his Ashram without any major political backing or corporate support, it is for his own countrymen supported by common citizens. He rejected taking 'Tamra Patra' and freedom fighter pension, as he has worked for India's freedom out of love to his motherland and not for any form of benefits. That love has magnified post independence, as till date he is more devoted to fighting poverty.

After spending years in anonymity and providing selfless service it is only in 2018 that the nonagenarian freedom fighter and philanthropist received recognition in 2018. He was awarded the prestigious 'Padma Shri' by the Honourable President of India, Shri Ramnath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in April 2018.

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