Abhas Chatterjee (Bengali: আভাস চট্টোপাধ্যায়) was an Indian civil servant, social worker, intellectual and patriot. He quit the services in 1992, because he could not stand Laloo Prasad Yadav's bullying tactics any longer and devoted the rest of life in social work among the tribals.
In 1966, Abhas stood first in the IAS entrance and subsequently joined the Bihar cadre. In the service he acquired the reputation as an officer of exceptional capability, intellect and integrity. During the regime of Laloo Prasad Yadav, he had strongly protested against the interference in administrative affairs and bullying the bureaucrats. He refused buckle to the political bullying and hence refused several promotions. When the fodder scam broke out, he alleged that the active involvement of certain district magistrates can't be ruled out. In January, 1992, he resigned from the services, disgusted and disenchanted with the system. He had developed a firm conviction that the State in India is working all the time against the nation. In his classic resignation letter, he had written,
|“||The powers that be in Indian politics are least bothered about nation building. They have little concern about what happens to this country in future, where this nation lands up in the end. Behind the smoke screen of slogans and rhetoric, what has been going on in this country is not a grand ceremony of nation building, but a macabre dance of nation destruction.||”|
During the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement, he controversially participated in the kar seva. In 1994, he delivered a speech at the Mahajati Sadan in Kolkata under the auspices of Purvanchal Kalyan Ashram, where he outlined the concept of Hindu nationhood. The lecture was later compiled into a book titled The Concept of Hindu Nation by the Voice of India.
In the late seventies, he came in contact in the Sawansis, an endogamous weaver clan of Munda society in the village of Jipsudih, near Ranchi. After retiring from the services, Abhas involved himself with the community and acted as their supervisor of the weaver's society.
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