“With me, work for my country is not imitation of European politics. It is a part of my religion. It is a part and parcel of all the idealism of my life.
I find in the conception of my country the expression of divinity. The service of country and nationality is service of humanity. Service of humanity is worship of God.”
– Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das
Chittaranjan Das(popularly called Deshbandhu “Friend of the country”) (5 November 1870 – 16 June 1925) was a freedom fighter of Bharat and leader of the Swaraj (Independence) Party in Bengal under British rule.
Educated in England, where he became a Barrister, his public career began in 1909 when he successfully defended Aurobindo Ghosh on charges of involvement in the previous year’s Alipore bomb case.
He was a leading figure in Bengal during the Non-Cooperation Movement of 1919-1922, and initiated the ban on British clothes, setting an example by burning his own European clothes and wearing Khadi clothes. He brought out a newspaper called Forward and later changed its name to Liberty to fight the British Raj.