Hamirpur: Family of freedom fighter Amin Chand Kalia laments broken promises : The Tribune India

Dinesh Kanwar

Hamirpur, January 19

Successive governments did not name the Bhareri Village Government School in Hamirpur, the birthplace of revolutionary Amin Chand Kalia, popularly known as Comrade Saab, after him.

Amin Chand obtained the title of comrade of Mahatma Gandhi, who also gave him a charkha. The freedom fighter was born on March 18, 1916 in the village of Bhareri, which was then part of Kangra district in the province of Punjab. He was educated at the local government school.

“Despite repeated assurances, successive governments have not accorded this honor to my father, who was a prominent freedom fighter,” laments his son Purshotam Kalia.

He also lamented that there is little recognition for the freedom fighters and despite several assurances the government has yet to set up a freedom fighters welfare council and a memorial in Dari near Dharamsala .

After completing his education in Bhareri, Amin Chand moved to Amritsar and started working in a shop. As the city was a major center of activity in the struggle for freedom, he began to attend meetings of revolutionaries.

Purshotam revealed that his father was first apprehended by British police on his way to deliver arms and ammunition in 1936. He was imprisoned and sentenced to four years in prison in Lahore but was released before the end of his sentence. He was imprisoned again for anti-British activities in 1939.

Amin Chand continued to contribute to the struggle for independence and was arrested again in 1942. In 1945 he was imprisoned in Rawalpindi and Multan. For his active participation in the liberation movement, Comrade Saab was appointed Chairman of the Forward Block by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Later, he joined the movement with Lala Jagat Narayan.

After Indian independence, Amin Chand stayed in Amritsar for a while and then returned to his hometown. In 1967, he contested the Vidhan Sabha elections in Nadaunta constituency (now Barsar) and became Vice President.

He died on May 19, 1976 after a long illness. He is survived by three sons and a daughter.

Title given ‘Comrade’ by Gandhi

  • Amin Chand Kalia, born in the Bhareri village of Hamirpur, obtained the title of fellow Saab from Mahatma Gandhi, who also gave him a charkha.
  • He started attending meetings of revolutionaries while staying in Amritsar
  • He was appointed chairman of the Forward Block by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Later, he joined the movement with Lala Jagat Narayan.
  • After independence, he contested the 1967 elections in Nadaunta (now Barsar) and became vice-president.

Thelma J. Longworth