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Hem Barua

(1893 – 1945) – (Assam)


Hem Barua (Aged 52), born on April 25, 1893, in Tezpur, Sonitpur, Assam, India.,  was an Indian independence activist, social worker, and writer. He is referred to as Tyagbir for his remarkable works for the people of Assam.

In 1919, he graduated with honors in English from Cotton College, Guwahati. During his time there, he was elected as G.S. to the Cotton College Student Union. In that period, upon the call of Mahatma Gandhi in 1921, he left college and participated in the Indian independence movement, for which he was imprisoned for six months.

Later, in 1925, he completed his legal education in Calcutta. Barua was the president of the Golaghat convention of the Assam Chatra Sanmilan in 1919. He was also elected as secretary of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee in 1922. He was imprisoned again in 1930 and 1933. Barua authored books like Congress Buranji and Bilatot Mohatma and wrote articles for the Bahi magazine. He passed away on August 11, 1945, in Guwahati, Assam, India.