Rise of Chhatra Parishad as the Driving Force of the Congress Politics in West Bengal (1954-1977) with Special Reference to the Charismatic Leadership of Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi

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Babulal Bala
Associate Professor
Department of History
Raiganj University
Raiganj,Uttar Dinajpur,West Bengal

Email: babulalbala@gmail.com

Abstract:: :The formation of Chhatra Parishad on 28th August, 1954 is an important epoch in the
political history as well as the history of students’ movement in West Bengal. As a newly formed
State due to partition, West Bengal started its journey with number of serious problems like
political unrest, economic stagnation, refugee issues, food crises, Naxalite activities, IndoChinese, Indo-Pak, and Liberation War of Bangladesh along with large scale unemployment.
Under the circumstances, Chhatra Parishad took various constructive political measures for
the cause of nation building. Not only that Chhatra Parishad under the leadership of Priya
Ranjan Dasmunshi made a timely and strong resistance against the mischievous activities of
the CPI (M) that undoubtedly somehow relieved people of the State from the anxieties and
uncertainties of unnecessary bloody politics. ‘Students’ concession in buses and trains’ is one
of the greatest achievements of Chhatra Parishad movement. The most remarkable
achievement of Chhatra Parishad of that time was to pick up a bunch of potential students’
leaders from the different strata of the society, who are now dominating the political atlas of
West Bengal.

Key Words:Azadi,Chhatra Parishad, Constructive,Charismatic,Mischievous,Violent etc.