In Memory of Siddheswar Hansdah - An Appeal

Siddheswar Hansdah (around 55 years) had found a companion in cycle and with that cycle only he managed to see many states of India during his all India cycle expedition. He was attending all Seminars, conferences by cycling only from his native place Chandida, Rairangpur in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. It is pertinent to mention that it was not out of sheer joy that he was cycling but he was utilizing the only resource available with him to reach those venues in any districts of Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal. He had a penchant desire to spread Ol Chiki, teachings of Guru Gomke Pandit Raghunath Murmu and the values of Santal Society. He was simple but with highly brave and courageous character. Upon completion of his North, South and West part of India, he was on his tour to North Eastern States. But, suddenly, he breathed his last on 3rd March 2012 in a village Hajiadan, post: Kumarikata, Tabulapur PS, Dist: Baska, Assam. He is survived by his wife and two minor sons and a daughter. Our Deepest Condolence on the sudden demise of Siddheswar Hansdah.

To our knowledge, in addition to All India ASECA, he was felicitated by All India Santali Writers’ Association, Adibasi Socio Renaissance Association and other Associations. He was being gifted a bicycle by Sh. Hemanta Soren, Hon’ble Dy. CM of Jharkhand.

With his death, the total responsibility has now fallen on the shoulder of his wife. Though support is coming in from various individuals and organizations, as far as the amount is concerned, it has been still meager. The poor family is in need of some sort of viable support so that they can have some confidence and his sons could pursue studies. Keeping this in mind, we earnestly request all to extend their support so that a corpus of minimum Rs. 1.5 lakh could be created for purchasing a plan to give them a monthly income. This is not a very prohibitive amount and with the generous contribution of some people this can materialize. We sincerely expect support from individuals who might have interacted with him during his all India tour as well as at conferences, meetings and demonstration for language, literature and culture.

We are not aware if such initiative has been taken up by some Association/Organization. We step in with the assurance that the amount so contributed would surely reach the bereaved family. The people who so desire can also support the family directly or they choose All India ASECA as a fund raiser. Please send your contribution by Cheque/Draft/Internet Banking in favour of All India ASECA through Bank Account No.: 076201000014827 (Indian Overseas Bank, Parliament Street, New Delhi). Please contact/inform us on email id: or in the address (SFS Flat No.: 326, Pocket 10, Sector 11 (Extension), Rohini, Delhi - 110 085). Johar.

Photograph of Late Siddheswar Hansdah
Please note that assistance can also be directly sent to wife of Siddheswar Hansdah, Ms. Karmi Hansdah in her SBI Account No. 32320242756