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Shyam Sunder Surolia

(1920 – 2001) – (Rajasthan)

Pandit Shyam Sunder Surolia (Aged 81), born on 25 August 1920, was an Indian freedom fighter since 1934. As a 14-year-old child, he raised his voice against the feudal powers of the state of Rajasthan. In 1939, he was sentenced by the Kushtia district court to six months in a juvenile home in Chuadanga, Bangladesh in British India for making bombs along with other young revolutionaries who were highly moved by the ideals of nationalism and the freedom struggle.

In 1942, he became an active member of the Praja Mandal (Democratic Council) and was the only elected member of the Town committee of Mukundgarh. He carried the wave of the freedom struggle started by Indian freedom fighters such as Mohandas K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru to the neighboring areas of Nawalgarh, Jhunjhunu, and Dundlod, among many other towns, often single-handedly but also in association with compatriots. He passed away on 20 July 2001.