Somen Chanda

Somen Chanda (Bengali: সোমেন চন্দ; 24 May 1920 – 8 March 1942) was a Marxist activist, writer and trade union leader of Bengal.

Somen Chanda
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Native name
সোমেন চন্দ
Born(1920-05-24)May 24, 1920
Narsingdi, Bengal Presidency, British India
DiedMarch 8, 1942(1942-03-08) (aged 21)
Dacca, Bengal Presidency, British India
OccupationMarxist activist, writer, trade union leader
NationalityBritish Indian

Early lifeEdit

Somen Chanda was born in Narsingdi District, British India in 1920.[1] In 1936 he passed Entrance examination from Pogose School and entered in medical school attached with Mitford hospital in Dacca. He was attracted to marxist politics and trade union movement in student life.[2]

Literary worksEdit

Chanda joined in Progressive Writers' Association or Pragati Lekhak Sangha and anti fascist activism in Dhaka. He wrote his first novel Banya while he was 17. He wrote number of short stories, drama and articles in their literary journals which were collectively published posthumously.[3] His stories were translated in many languages.[2]


While leading a rally of workers of East Bengal Railway organised by the Soviet Suhrid Samity in Dhaka, Chanda was attacked by some hooligans and killed brutally on 8 March. 1942.[4][5]


  1. ^ "We shall overcome". February 4, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Vol - I, Subodh C. Sengupta & Anjali Basu (2002). Sansab Bangali Charitavidhan (Bengali). Kolkata: Sahitya Sansad. p. 606. ISBN 81-85626-65-0.
  3. ^ "Soumen Chanda o tar rachana sangraha". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Abanti K. Sanyal (2003). Arun Mitra. ISBN 9788126017546. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Nityapriẏa Ghosha (2001). Samar Sen. ISBN 9788126011100. Retrieved May 4, 2018.