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Subodh Chandra Mullick

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(9 February 1879, Calcutta – 14 November 1920, Calcutta), one of Sri Aurobindo’s friends and close colleagues in political as well as revolutionary work, and a principal financial supporter of his Bande Mataram.

The son of Prabodh Chandra Basu Mullick of Pataldanga, Calcutta, he studied at St. Xavier’s School and Presidency College. In 1900, he passed the First Arts examination and was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge. However, owing to family problems, he had to return back to India. It was then that he joined the nationalist movement and his house in Wellington Square was a major centre of political activity.

In his house at 12 Wellington Square, Calcutta, Sri Aurobindo lived at 1906. This manor was a palatial structure, with marble hallways and pillars, and stained glass windows from Italy and art treasures from all over Europe.

In 1907, he bore the expenses of all delegates from Bengal attending the session of the Indian National Congress held at Surat. The same year, he visited Barisal, which had been at the forefront of the Swadeshi movement, and other places in East Bengal. He was one of the collaborator’s of Sri Aurobindo in his secret action.

Subodh Mallik was one of the nine leaders deported from Bengal in December 1908.

He founded the Life of Asia Insurance Company and was a trustee of the National Council of Education from 1906 till his death.

He earned the title of “Raja” from his grateful countrymen for his handsome donations to the cause of education. He also subscribed to the funds of other nationalist activities. Wellington Square, where his house was located was renamed Raja Subodh Mullick Square. The long stretch of road in front of Jadavpur University, from Jadavpur Police Station to Garia is named after him. His once palatial house at 12 Raja Subodh Mullick Square lies in a shambles, bearing the status of a disputed property.

 

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