Shri Sudhanshu Biswas
Shri Biswas was born in 1917 in the undivided Bengal. From the very beginning of his boyhood, he was involved in the freedom struggle as, while he was at Class VII, he first met the renowned freedom fighter Late Nripen Chakraborty. The seed of struggle began when, as an associate of the freedom fighters, he had to make a narrow escape from the Albert Hall at Kolkata where the British Police mercilessly had beaten the people, men and women alike, who participated there in a peaceful conclave. In the year 1939, having completed three days of examination, he was arrested from the Examination Hall itself by the British Police on charges of conspiracy against the Empire. However, later on he was allowed to appear in the said examination from the Anderson House under police surveillance. He thereafter passed the Matriculation Examination. Thereafter, he was tutored by the great freedom fighters like Benimadav Das, Bina Das, Kalyani Das and others.
|By the grace of Sri Ramakrishna, on the eve of Republic day, January 25th 2018, the Govt. of India announced that our beloved founder Sri Sudhanshu Biswas will be awarded Padmashri for her lifelong seva work. See above the citation that was published by Press Information Bureau (PIB).|
|On April 2nd, 2018 Hon. President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind awarded Sri Biswas the prestigious Padmashri award in a grand ceremony at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan in New Delhi. We are grateful to the President and Govt. of India for the recognition of our founder’s work and seva activities by Sri Ramakrishna Sevashram. This award inspires us more to serve the needy, as portrayed lifelong by our founder.|
In 1948, being imbued with the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda, just after the Independence of India, he left his home, associated himself with various Saints of Himalayas and remained captive in various places of Himalayas as a silent Saint for 14 years at a stretch. Mysteriously, he also associated himself with the Domes and Chamars, who used to burn dead bodies in the crematorium, in disguise at Varanashi.
In 1961, as a Secretary of All India Plastic Association, he demonstrated in front of the Indian Parliament and participated in a hunger strike over there. The Govt. of India had to negotiate with him and others through the active pursuance of Bidhan Chandra Roy, who was the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, Atulya Ghosh, the then Congress President of West Bengal, and others, to break the hunger strike.
In 1962, being enthused by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, he ventured into business activities with the sole motto of garnering money for social purpose. With the savings that he could garner, he started his mission of establishing schools and Ashram for the poor and downtrodden in the remotest corners of West Bengal. He established two of such Ashrams in the year 1971 at Hottar in South 24 Parganas. In the year 1973, he established this " Sri Ramakrishna Sevashram". In 1996, he established as many as 18 free schools for the poor and downtrodden in the most underdeveloped places at Sundarbans. These schools are now self-reliant and do not look for grant any more.
Shri Biswas is energy personified. He had vast knowledge over Upanishads, Vedas and Gita. He is a regular orator in various religious Seminars organized by the Rama Krishna Mission, and others. He is relentless to fulfill his mission, and is having a firm conviction of spreading literacy in the remotest corners of various underdeveloped districts of West Bengal along with the teachings of Swami Vivekananda.
Read an article about our founder at "The Better India".
The President, Dr. Soumendra Kumar Bagchi, aged about 75 years, is attached with SRKS for last 20 years. He also teaches English to the students on every Sunday.
The Secretary, Shri Biswanath Purkait, aged about 61 years, previously working with SAIL, who is a whole timer here and used to devotes time for the ashram along with his wife Smt. Dipali Purkait without any remuneration.