Nobody at that place knows himB.K Dutt Colony is basically a slum in New Delhi. But its location is excellent. It is near Khan Market and Lodhi Garden. On last Sunday, I was driving near BK Dutt Colony. Suddenly I stopped the car and went to a kiosk near the colony. My wife and my daughter are now habituated to my eccentric behavior. So, they waited patiently in the car.
I asked the person selling cigarette in the kiosk. He could not answer. There were two-three young men in the kiosk. None of them knew. They, in turn, asked four elderly men playing cards. No, they also didn't know who this BK Dutt was. I sighed heavily and returned to the car.
Batukeshwar Dutt was born on 18th November, 1910 in Oari village of the present East Barddhaman district of West Bengal. But his father settled in present Uttar Pradesh when Batukeshwar was a small child. He came into contact of Bhagat Singh and other revolutionaries at a very early age and became a die-hard revolutionary himself. On 7th April, 1929, Batukeshwar, popularly known as BK, along with Bhagat Singh, threw bombs in the Central Legislative Assembly in New Delhi with the revolutionary slogan of 'Inquilab Zindabad'. He was arrested.
In jail, he started fasting to ensure proper treatment of the political convicts by the jail staff. Another revolutionary, Jatin Das, died after 63 days of fast. BK and others managed to get some benefits for the political convicts. He came out of the jail in 1938. But he was not allowed to enter Bengal, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, where he had been active.
But his revolutionary spirit remained intact. He took part in the 'Quit India' movement in 1942. He was again arrested and was sent to jail for another three years.
After independence, the Government and common people forgot this great revolutionary. He tried to settle in Patna, married and started fighting against acute poverty. But due to terrible torture which he had suffered in jail during the British period, tuberculosis slowly got better of him.
This great hero of freedom struggle left the world unsung on 20th July, 1965.
Although the Government named a slum after this great revolutionary, nobody living there bothers to know who he was.