She was only 21 year old when she killed herself by taking a cyanide pill on this day 74 years ago.

Pritilata Waddedar’s life sound like any other very meritorious student of our time. Aftre doing matriculation from Dr Khastagir girls school in Chittagong, she did her intermediate from Eden college and she stood first in then then combined Dhaka board. After finishing her graduation from Bethune college of calcutta, she returned to Chittagong to start teaching in a local school, where she got involved with master’Da Shurjo Sen and started participating in the freedom struggle against the British. She killed herself after taking the hidden cyanide pill when she was caught after an attack on a white only European club in Pahartali, Chittagong.

A article in prothom-alo today described how little we know of our heros. It is a shame that if you ask 10 girls in a Chittagong streets about kareena Kapoor, each one will know her, however if you then ask who is Pritilata, none of them will have the answer.