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Kiran Balabora

(1904 – 1993) – (Assam)

Kiran Balabora

Kiran Balabora (Aged 89) born on 1904 in North Hai Borgaon, Nagaon, Assam, India. She was a freedom fighter and social activist from Assam, known for her participation in the civil disobedience movements of the 1930s and 1940s, which contributed to the independence of India.

The summer of 1920 saw the resurgence of the idea that India should gain independence from British rule, especially after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Led by Gandhi, hundreds of people participated in non-violent protests across India. Inspired by the sacrifices and challenges endured by the leaders of the independence struggle, Kiran decided to participate and gradually devoted all her time to the movement.

Her fundraising efforts were a major factor that helped Congress gain momentum in the northeastern part of India. Kiran Bala Bora involved herself with the activity of boycotting the use of foreign goods, one of the objectives of the Non-Cooperation Movement. In one such incident, she burnt all kinds of valuable foreign goods in her own house, including clothes, and then led others to do the same. Instead of buying clothes manufactured in Europe, she started spinning cotton and making her own cloth.

Kiran was arrested several times by the British-Indian government for violating laws. She fell severely ill on 7 February 1931 when she was in jail and was released after four months. In 1932, she was transferred to Shillong Jail where she lived in dire conditions. Despite the hardships she faced during the days she spent in captivity, she kept working towards making India independent. She passed away on January 8, 1993, in Panigaon Choiali, Nagaon, Assam, India.