We cannot forget that we live and we have been living for many years in the midst of an empire.
We cannot forget that the different provinces of India are gradually coming closer to one another and a new nationality which comprises not only the different provinces but the whole of India is growing up in our midst and we cannot forget that our interests,
even our selfish interests, our hopes, our ambitions are indissolubly connected with the interest of the empire.
C. R. Das or Chittaranjan Das was born on the 5th of November 1870 and is known famously by the name Deshbandhu (Friend of the Nation). He was an Indian freedom fighter, political activist, and lawyer during the Indian Independence movement.
He was also the founder leader of the Swaraj Party(Independence party) in Bengal during the period of British colonial rule in India.
HIS CAREER AS A POET
Chittaranjan Das evolved as a Bengali poet, during the troubled days of the National movement when he published the first 2 volumes of his collection of poems titled "Malancha" and "Mala". In the year 1913, he had published "Sagar Sangeet" (The Songs of the Sea). His poems generally possess the additional interest of a highly illuminating spiritual documentary.’
Songs of the Sea
O thou unhoped-for elusive wonder of the skies,
Stand still one moment! I will lead thee and bind
With music to the chambers of my mind.
Behold how calm today this sea before me lies
And quivering with what tremulous heart of dreams
In the pale glimmer of the faint moonbeams.
If thou at last art come indeed, O mystery, stay
Woven by song into my heartbeats from this day.
Stand, goddess, yet! Into this anthem of the seas
With the pure strain of my full voiceless heart
Some rhythm of the rhythmless, some part
Of thee I would weave today, with living harmonies
Peopling the solitude I am within.
Wilt thou not here abide on that vast scene,
Thou whose vague raiment edged with dream haunts us and flees,
Fulfilled in an eternal quiet like this seas?
HIS LEGACY AND RECOGNITIONS
->He was carved on the stamp of India in 1965.
->Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute of Kolkata was founded in the year 1950 when the Chittaranjan Cancer Hospital was founded on the premises of Chittaranjan Seva Sadan.
->A few years before his death Chittaranjan gifted this property including his house and the adjoining lands to the nation to be used for the betterment of the lives of women.
->Chittaranjan Park is home to a large Bengali community, which is originally EPDP Colony in South Delhi and is named after Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das.