Taraknath Das was an important name who was an internationalist scholar and an anti British. He was involved in the activities which were meant to free India and make it independent from the British rule. During his career he has worked as a professor at Columbia University where he taught politics and also he use to go as a visiting faculty in various universities.
To give honour to Taraknath Das contribution there are quite number of foundations which grant money funds to the Indian student who are studying and staying in United States and who has completed one year of graduation work and are further studying to complete their degree.
Life and Education
Born in a lower middle class family Taraknath Das was born in Bengal in 1884. He was born to Kalimohan who worked as a clerk in the Central Telegraph Office. His qualities of great writing made him noticeable by the Barrister P. Mitter who recruited him.
Later Taraknath Daswent to Calcutta for university studies. In his attempt to free India he even tried joining the Vermont Military Academy but was been expelled from their because of his anti British movements. He passed his M.A education and later on completed his PhD from the University of Washington.
Taraknath Das Contributions
Taraknath Das was the founder of the Indian Independence League which is did with the active participation of Panduranga Khankoje. He was even provided funds to start his journal which was called as Free Hindustan and which was published in English language. The journal was been claimed as the First South Asian publication which was done in Canada. In 1907 Taraknath Das established an association which was called as Hindustani Association.
Taraknath Das even founded a boarding school for the children who were Asian Indian immigrant and the school was named as Swadesh Sevak Home. In this school there was special evening classes were conducted for English learning and maths which helped the Indian people to send letters home.
His journal the Free Hindustan was an anti British organ which led to the forming of the Ghadar party and encouraged people. After the rising of 1857 the Ghadar party was the first organized step for the freedom which was violent bid.
Taraknath Das married his friend Mary Keatinge Morse and she was also a founder of the Association which was for discrimination between colored people and the name was National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In the year 1935 with the support of his wife he opened Taraknath Das Foundation.
The main motive of the foundation was to encourage the educational activities and even to built a cultural relationship between the Asians and the U.S. After eleven years of struggle in the year 1946 his citizenship was once again restored in the U.S.
In 1947 when India got Independence Taraknath Das was muted because of the partition done between India and Pakistan. In 1958 Taraknath Das took his last breath in New York.