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Nafar Chandra Kundu Memorial, Chakraberia Road (South)

Nafar Chandra Kundu Memorial

Chakraberia Road (South)

Nafar Chnadra Kundu, the name is quiet likely to sound unfamiliar because he is no celebrity he is just a common man on the street who did something extraordinary 114 years ago (in 1907). Although no longer remembered but his act of extraordinary courage was enough to turn him into a legend and an icon which today’s India needs more than ever.

Nafar Chandra Kundu Memorial

Nafar Chandra Kundu Memorial

It was the month of May 1907 Nafar Chandra Kundu was walking down the streets of Chakraberia when heard shouts and desperate plea for help. He noticed a small crowd had gathered round a open manhole and the screams came from inside the manhole.

Nafar Chandra Kundu Memorial

Nafar Chandra Kundu Memorial

On enquire he was informed that two labourers have gone down to clean the manhole and presently are in deep trouble.

Without wasting time he decided to get down into the manhole to rescue the workers, much against the wishes of the gathering crowd.

But nothing could stop the young man who decided to continue with the daring rescue mission.

He was able to pull both the sewage workers out of the manhole safely but sadly could not save himself. He died on 12 May 1907 aged only 26.

Strangely the man and his gallant effort have long been forgotten and all that remains is a small memorial located next to the manhole where the fatal life saving act was undertaken.

Today the memorial stands in Chakrabaria Road (South) and inside the complex of the gymnasium and yoga club named Kalyan Chakra Avijatri (Google map location). Sadly the memorial also has been forgotten and is overlooked by passerby. The memorial certainly had it’s better days but presently it is in a very bad state.

Bengali plaque of Nafar Chandra Kundu Memorial

Bengali plaque of Nafar Chandra Kundu Memorial

English plaque of Nafar Chandra Kundu Memorial

English plaque of Nafar Chandra Kundu Memorial

The memorial consists of a square base fitted with glazed tiles (probably added later).

It is topped with another structure with a square base placed diagonally with the base.

The front two sides of the upper structure contains the two memorial plaques in Bengali and English. The other two sides at the back contains no plaque.

Both the plaques mentions that Nafar Chandra Kundu was a member of Entally Ramkrishna Mission and was always a helpful person. He died in the process of saving two Muslim sewage workers from a manhole. The English plaque mentions the date of his birth and death, which are respectively 22 March 1881 and 12 May 1917. The Bengali plaque also provides the date according to Bengali calendar. Both the plaques also mentions that the monument was errected by his Indian and Europen friends and was funded by public subsciption.

Nafar Chandra Kundu Memorial

Nafar Chandra Kundu Memorial with Kalyan Chakra Avijatri building in the background

Today India definitely needs icons like Nafar Chandra Kundu, a man whose life was devoted in doing good to others irrespective of caste, creed and colour. Sadly he is no longer remembered and his memorial lies in utter neglect.

But the worst part is that the sewage workers continue to clean the manholes in the same old way as it was done during the time of Nafar Chandra Kundu. They still clean the manholes with no safety measures and training and continue to die as these days there are no Nafar Kundu to save them.

  1. Subhabrata Ghose
    December 1, 2021 at 7:20 AM

    Thanks for highlighting such a heritage spot. Awesome job, Rangan !

  2. December 9, 2021 at 2:11 AM

    Thanks for sharing this Rangan.

  3. January 12, 2022 at 5:30 AM

    Sir, Hats off to you for sharing these amazing stories based on real life. Tthe local people, the city-dwellers who love this city should know these things. I came to know about the Memorial Of Dalaut Hossain from your blog. I really feel sad to think that these are not maintain properly & nobody

    • January 12, 2022 at 11:33 PM

      Thanks Monojit. The memorials need a better maintanence, who need to show some respect to these brave men.

  4. January 12, 2022 at 5:31 AM

    Hi

    • January 12, 2022 at 11:33 PM

      hi

      • January 12, 2022 at 11:47 PM

        Sir, yesterday when I commented on this blog from this app, I could not find my comments. So I said a Hi. 😶 There is even no option to edit the comments. 😅

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