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Padma Shri Professor Digambar Hansda passes away in Jamshedpur, Santhali scholar to be accorded state funeral today

Jamshedpur, Nov 19: Padma Shri Professor Digambar Hansda (81) breathed his last at Karandih home on Thursday, November 19 morning after long illness. Former Principal of Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial College, Karandih, Prof Hansda is survived by two sons Puran and Kunwar and two daughters Sarojini and Mayona. His wife had died earlier while one of his daughter Tusli has passed away earlier. last rites of Eminent Santhali scholar will be performed with state honours on Friday, November 20. He was born in Dobhapani village of Ghatshila block in East Singhbhum district on October 16,1939. He was awarded the Padamshri in the year 2018 for his contribution in the field of literature and education.  

Hansda dedicated his life to the promotion of Santhali literature and education among tribal youth, but feels he still has a lot of work to do.

Hansda completed his secondary education from Manpur High School in Potka block followed by graduation in 1963 and post-graduation in political science from Ranchi University in 1965.

He worked for Tisco Adivasi Co-operative Society, which was engaged in welfare activities during the early1960s. He was also associated with Bharat Sevashram Sangh, Sonari. He also played an instrumental role in setting up schools in the steel city and rural areas and introducing tribal languages in colleges.

Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu, Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Thursday expressed their grief over the passing away of Padma Shri Professor Digambar Hansda. Several other leaders including Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda and former Chief Minister Raghubar Das have also expressed their grief over the passing away of the academician.

Dr Ajoy condoles death of Prof Hansda

Jamshedpur, Nov 19: Padma Shri and educationalist Prof Digambar Hansda passed away in Jamshedpur on Thursday morning. Former Jamshedpur MP and Congress leader Dr Ajoy Kumar condoled the demise of Prof Hansda and said that along with an educationalist he was writer, poet and social worker who played a vital role in making education reach maximum people in Adivasi dominated Karandih region of Steel City. “I am very shocked at hearing the news of his demise may god give his family strength”, added Dr Ajoy. 

Prof Hansda’s demise marks end of an era: Dil Bahadur

Jamshedpur, Nov 19: Advocate Dil Bahadur condoled the death of Padma Shri and educationalist Prof Digambar Hansda and said that its end of an era with the demise of Professor. Not only for the Santhalis but it’s a loss for the education, cultural and political world. Born and brought up in Adivasi dominated Karandih, Prof Hansda has disciplines not only in Jharkhand but across the country and world and are making their mark in different professions.  Dil Bahadur further said that during Prof Hansda’s tenure as Principal of Lal Bahadur Shastri College reached new heights and it was Prof who started the NSS in the college. His demise is an irreparable loss to the state of Jharkhand and country.     

DC, SSP pay tribute to Padma Shri Prof Digambar Hansda

Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, Nov 19: The death of Padma Shri Prof Digambar Hansda in the early hours of Thursday cast a pall of gloom among his admirers and general citizens. An educationist, litterateur and cultural activist, Prof Digambar Hansda was loved by all segments of society. East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner Suraj Kumar and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Dr M Tamil Vanam visited Prof Hansda’s Sarjamtola residence in Karandih to pay their last respects. They offered floral tributes and stood in silence for some time before the late Professor’s body.

DC Suraj Kumar said that in the death of Prof Digambar Hansda, the country, state and district had suffered an irreparable loss. He prayed for the rest of Prof Hansda’s soul and for fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the demise.

The funeral of Padma Shri Prof Digambar Hansda will be performed with full state honours in keeping with the directives of the Jharkhand government.

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