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Ludhiana Personality :: Dewan Jagdish Chander
Advocate Dewan Jagdish Chander was born in 1914. He was the first MLA of Ludhiana, president of Freedom Fighters’ Organization of India, ex-general secretary of PPCC and ex-president of District Congress Committee (DCC).
A great son of India, Dewan Jagdish Chandra had participated in the battle for freedom. He joined freedom movement when he was just 16. He had been imprisoned for the sake of the country at the tender age of 17. He had completed his matriculation while languishing behind bars at the Central Jail, Multan, and was named an accused in a case of criminal conspiracy along with Sardar Kishan Singh, father of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. He was the president of student union of Ludhiana and had organized many protests against the British. He was imprisoned for long years and severely beaten many times to the extent that he became unconscious. A case of criminal conspiracy was imposed against him. He took active participation in the Quit India Movement and Civil Disobedience Movement for which he was again imprisoned for four years.
After India got freedom, he was elected as the first MLA of Ludhiana and worked actively for the development of industry in here. He had major role in developing Ludhiana as an industry hub. He was associated with and headed a large number of educational and health institutions. Dewan Jagdish Chandra had a vision for the country. He had said despite all kinds of reports of corruption and poor administration, dark clouds still had a silver lining. “The new generation sounds promising. They need a direction. The responsibility of providing this rests with school curricula, television, newspapers, mass media and parents. We have no dearth of capable people. They hold the key to the bright future if we are able to build their character,” he had said. His hopes from the youth would continue to provide them direction though his death left a void that could never be filled.
He died at the age of 96 after a brief illness on 9th January 2010 in Ludhiana and with the passing away of Dewan Jagdish Chandra, another chapter of Ludhiana’s glorious connection with the freedom movement passed into history. He is survived by four sons- Bharat Dewan of Dewan Gas Service, Dr Narotam Dewan, who runs Dewan Hospital, advocate Partap Dewan and industrialist Ashok Dewan.
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