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Pandit Sunderlal Sharma

(1881 – 1940) – (Chhattisgarh)

Pandit Sunderlal Sharma

Pandit Sunderlal Sharma (Aged 59) was born in 1881 in an aristocratic family from Chamsoor village near Rajim, Chhattisgarh, India. He was a prominent figure associated with various movements such as the ‘National Peasant Movement’, ‘Alcohol Prohibition’, ‘Adivasi Movement’, and ‘Swadeshi Movement’ and sacrificed his life for the sake of national freedom. In 1920, he successfully led the ‘Kandel Canal Satyagraha’ near Dhamtari. It was due to his efforts that Mahatma Gandhi visited Raipur for the first time on 20th December 1920.

During the ‘Non-Cooperation Movement’, Sharma was among the prominent people from Chhattisgarh who were jailed. In 1920, he initiated the Kandel Nahar Satyagraha in Kandel, Dhamtari, and an act of civil resistance against an irrigation tax imposed by the British Raj. In 1921-22, he was arrested by the authorities, which is considered to be the first arrest in Chhattisgarh related to the independence movement. He passed away by 1940.