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II DR. SHYAMA PRASAD MUKHERJEE II EPISODE - 9, BENGAL FAMINE PART - III

"The MAHILA ATMARAKSA SAMITI organized hunger processions of women in Calcutta and the districts. A hunger procession of 5,000 starving women to the Assembly House was held on 17 March 1943. The marching women came from different slums of greater Calcutta and North-South suburban villages. They compelled AK Fazlul Huq, the Chief Minister of Bengal, to distribute 100 maunds of rice among them. The MARS organized similar hunger processions in the districts of Bankura, Chittagong Noakhali, Dhaka, Barisal, Bogra, Khulna and Mymensingh. The famine did not overshadow the specific political programme of the MARS - the anti-fascist campaigns among all levels of women highlighting fascism as a major threat to human civilization. The IPTA and its local squads became the main vehicles for spreading such ideas... While conducting the famine relief work the MARS made the peasant women conscious of feudal injustice and exploitation".

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