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Kansari Halder

Kansari Halder
কংসারি হালদার
Member of Parliament
In office
ConstituencyDiamond Harbour
Member of Parliament
In office
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born15 September 1910
Vill. Andaria, South 24 Parganas (then 24 Parganas)
Died29 August 1997 (aged 86)
Political partyCommunist Party of India
ResidenceP.O. Serakole, South 24-Paraganas

Kansari Halder was an Indian politician, belonging to the Communist Party of India. He earned fame as a leader of and for his active participation in the Tebhaga movement.

Early life

The son of Narendra Krishna Halder, he was born at village Andaria on 15 September 1910. He was educated at Ripon College and Bangabasi College in Kolkata. While still a student he was arrested in 1930 for his participation in the Civil Disobedience Movement. He remained with the Congress till 1941, when he joined the Communist Party of India.[1][2]

Tebhaga movement

Kansari Halder provided leadership to the peasant movement that developed in the 1940s in Kakdwip-Sundarbans area of 24 Parganas and later became well known as the Tebhaga movement. Many people were killed in police-public face-off. Although he was convicted to death sentence in the Chandanpiri case in the Kakdwip area the police could not get him as he had gone underground. In 1957, he was elected to the Lok Sabha while he was still convicted. He was later acquitted.[2]

Electoral performance

He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1957 from Diamond Harbour,[3] was reelected to the Lok Sabha in 1967 from Mathurapur,[4] and was elected to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly in 1972 from Sonarpur.[5]


Kansari Halder spent the later years of his life in poverty. He died on 29 August 1997.[2]


  1. ^ "Halder, Shri Kansari". reFocus. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Samsad Bangali Chartibhidhan (Vol 2), Biographical Dictionary by Anjali Bose (in Bengali). ISBN 81-86806-99-7. Third edition. P. 73. Sahitya Samsad.
  3. ^ "General Elections, India, 1957- Constituency Wise Detailed Results" (PDF). West Bengal. Election Commission. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  4. ^ "General Elections, India, 1967 - Constituency Wise Detailed Results" (PDF). West Bengal. Election Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 April 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  5. ^ "General Elections, India, 1972, to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal" (PDF). Constituency-wise Data. Election Commission. Retrieved 11 November 2014.