Massive Rally Pays Homage to “Hindu Veer” Gopal Mukherjee – “Saviour of Kolkata” during Direct Action Day (1946)

Massive Rally Pays Homage to “Hindu Veer” Gopal Mukherjee – “Saviour of Kolkata” during Direct Action Day (1946)




Here are the photographs and videos of Hindu Samhati’s Massive Rally Yesterday in Kolkata on “Gopal Mukherjee Memorial Day” (16 August, 1946).


16 August is the Anniversary of Direct Action Day and Great Calcutta Killings. Hindu Samhati will never let our Hindu heroes (who saved Calcutta during the dark days that began on 16 August, 1946) ever be forgotten from our history.


Had our Valiant Hindu-Hero Gopal Mukherjee (and his 800 Hindu men) not resisted fiercely and fought back tooth and nail against the larger mobs of Muslim League attackers for those 3 long days in 1946, history would have been different. Our forefathers would have witnessed a total Hindu exodus fleeing from Calcutta (just like the Yezidis of Iraq today), and Calcutta would have been physically wrested away by East Pakistan (similar to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir).


The Muslim League had made nefarious plans for Bengal’s commercial-educational capital Calcutta (not the smaller city of Dhaka) to become the Capital of East Pakistan. The Muslim League’s “Prime Minister of Bengal” Suhrawardy had dreamed of turning the white-marble building “Victoria Memorial” into his official residence, as soon as Calcutta became the capital of East Pakistan.


And who single-handedly foiled the Muslims’ grand design? Gopal Mukherjee and his small army. Can you imagine the massive odds they were fighting against?


During the 1940s, the Muslim League had become the dominant ruling government in Bengal. Two rabid Muslim League leaders had successively become the “Prime Minister of Bengal” from 1943 to 1947 (viz. Khawaja Nazimuddin and Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy) which tilted the balance of power against the Hindus. In fact, during Direct Action Day riots on 16 August 1946, “Prime Minister of Bengal” Suhrawardy spent long hours in the Control Room (of the Police Headquarters in Lalbazar, Calcutta) directing the Muslim rioters and ordering the police officials to direct a blind eye to their atrocities against the Hindus.


So, how did Gopal Patha and his small band of Hindu warriors fight against such massive odds?


Here is a glimpse of the iconic and unsung hero Gopal Mukherjee:


Therefore, since 2012, Hindu Samhati has started this annual tradition of honouring the sacrifice and leadership of Hindu-Veer Gopal Mukherjee (the “Saviour of Hindus” during the Direct Action Day of 1946) through public meetings and a grand open rally in the heart of Kolkata.


In our rally yesterday (16 August 1946), many thousands of Hindu youths from all parts of the state took part in the event. The procession started at 2 PM from Raja Subodh Mallik Square (formerly known as Wellington Square) and reached Shyambazar after covering 5 kilometers of distance through different points of the city.

The procession was led by Sri Tapan Ghosh, President of Hindu Samhati. Noted film director Sri Vivek Agnihotri, famous blogger Sardar Ravijyot Singh along with other dignitaries also walked beside Sri Ghosh. After the procession reached Shyambazar’s Five-Point Crossing (near the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose), a grand public meeting of Hindu Samhati was addressed by the eminent orators.

  • Sardar Ravijyot Singh, in his speech, hailed the contribution of Gopal Mukherjee and asked people to follow his footsteps.
  • Sri Vivek Agnihotri, the Director of “Buddha in a Traffic Jam“, admitted that he was spellbound after seeing the unbridled enthusiasm and patriotic energy of thousands of passionate youths in West Bengal.
  • Sri Tapan Ghosh, in his fiery speech, criticized the Communist historians for portraying a distorted picture of Gopal Mukherjee in history books. He challenged the Communists to invite anti-national elements in Kolkata and warned them with dire consequences. Sri Ghosh also criticized the West Bengal state administration for their myopic plan to officially change the name of the state to just “Bengal”. He asserted that if the name is required to be altered, it should be followed by building a Fitting Memorial to commemorate the Tragic Partition of Bengal, as well as the country. Otherwise, this official name-change (of omitting the “West” from “West Bengal”) would permanently erase from the public memory of future generations that there was once a East Bengal which belonged to Hindus and was forcibly snatched away to create East Pakistan (now, the Islamic Republic of Bangladesh).

Thumbnails of some photographs are embedded below. It may take a while to edit the official rally videos and upload them on Hindu Samhati’s YouTube account.


In the meantime, please watch these short videos of yesterday’s Hindu Samhati rally taken by rally participants (who have uploaded their original videos from their cellphones):


Video 1: 6:27


Video 2: 2:53


Video 3: 1:53


Video 4: 0:54


Video of Sudarshan TV News Coverage: 1:03



হিন্দুবীর গোপাল মুখার্জ্জী স্মরণে

১৬ আগস্ট কলকাতায় মহামিছিলের ছবি: সুবোধ মল্লিক স্কোয়ার থেকে শ্যামবাজার।


হিন্দুবীর গোপাল মুখার্জ্জী স্মরণে ১৬ আগস্ট কলকাতায় মহামিছিলের ছবি: সুবোধ মল্লিক স্কোয়ার থেকে শ্যামবাজার ওরা ভুলিয়ে দিতে চেয়েছিল। ওরা মানে কম্যুনিস্টরা, আর নেহেরু পরিবারের পদলেহনকারী বুদ্ধিজীবি ঐতিহাসিকরা। আমরা ঠিক করেছিলাম, মানুষকে ভুলতে দেব না। আমরা মানে হিন্দু সংহতি। আজ বোধহয় আমরা সফল। বামপন্থীদের চক্রান্ত ব্যর্থ করেছি। ১৯৪৬৪৭ এর দাঙ্গার কথা, ৪৬এর হিন্দু গণহত্যার কথা, দেশভাগের যন্ত্রণার কথামানুষের কাছে তুলে ধরতে আমরা পেরেছি। সেদিনের হিন্দুর রক্ষাকর্তা আজকে বিস্মৃতপ্রায় গোপাল চন্দ্র মুখোপাধ্যায়কে হিন্দুবীরএর মর্য্যাদা আমরা কলকাতার রাজপথে দিয়েছি। দশ হাজার যুবকের কন্ঠে আওয়াজ উঠেছে: “গোপাল মুখার্জ্জী অমর রহে“, “গোপাল মুখার্জ্জী লহ প্রণাম মানুষ জেনেছে, গ্রহণ করেছে। আর বাংলার হিন্দু যুবকরা তাঁর স্মৃতি থেকে অনুপ্রেরণা নিয়ে জেহাদি আগ্রাসনের বিরুদ্ধে লড়াইয়ের জন্য তৈরী হচ্ছে। শ্যামবাজারে পাঁচ মাথার মোড়ে সমাপ্তি অনুষ্ঠানে বিখ্যাত জাতীয়তাবাদী চলচ্চিত্র পরিচালক বিবেক অগ্নিহোত্রীকে নেতাজী মূর্তির পাদদেশে মঞ্চে বসিয়ে স্লোগান উঠল – ‘আয় যাদবপুর দেখে যা, শ্যামবাজারে দেখে যা


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