HAZRA, SHRI MANORANJAN, [Comm. (M)] West Bengal-Aram Bagh—1971, Son of late Shri Ganesh Chandra Hazra; b. at Vill. Chatra, P.O. Serampore, Distt. Hoogly, West Bengal; Bhadra 13, 1920 (B.S.); ed. at Nandlal Institution, Chatra; m. Smt. Shankari Hazra,. June, 1947; 4 s. and 4 d.; Writer and Journalist; previously associated with Revolutionary Party of Jugantar, Congress, Indian Proletarian Revolutionary Party, C.P.I, and Congress Socialist Party; Member; B.P.C.C. in 1939; imprisoned many times for taking part in Civil Disobedience Movement, Revolutionary and Communist movements and sometimes led an underground life avoiding arrest; President, West Bengal Government sponsored Library Workers' Union; worked as Assistant Director in Film Studio; connected with many Peasants' and T.U. Organisations; Member, West Bengal State Legislature, 1952-69.
Social activities.—Worked as a volunteer during earthquake in Bihar in 1933; excavated 2-mile long water basin at Makhla, Distt. Hoogly; organised cooked food canteen for the famine stricken people of Bengal in 1943 and also organised medical relief to save the peasantry from the Malaria epidemic; organised several night schools, and libraries; organised relief works during floods of Burdwan (1943), Chanditula, Khanakul (1956, 1959, 1970).
Favourite pastime and recreation.—Enjoyment of natural beauty.
Special interest.—Art and Literature.
Books published.—(i) Nongarheen Nouka (ii) Parlimatir Fasal (iii) Navajibaner Pathey, (iv) Mahanagarey Babanal, (v) Jharer Sanket, (vi) Swarna Shimuler Charey, (vii) Criper Roadey Jhar, (viii) Sei Abhi Sapta Jagat (ix) Nodaparar Kimbadonti, (x) Udaygarh, (xi) Sesh Kothai and (xi) Ei Sabhyata; also contributed in many Bengali periodicals and journals feature articles, short stories, novels, poems and political commentaries; sometimes edited weeklies like 'Bengal', 'Lokemat' Sankalpa' and 'Shapath.'
Permanent address.—14, Dr. S. K. Deb Street, P.O. Konnagar, District Hoogly, West Bengal.