It’s A Crying Shame That ‘The Butcher Of Bengal’ Has A Road Named After Him In Kolkata” is the title of a story on the most prominent right-wing portal Swarajya. The Snapshot section of the story states, “Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy engineered the killings, maiming, rape and molestation of tens of thousands of Hindus in Calcutta back in 1946. It is a shame, therefore, that a major thoroughfare in Kolkata is named after a criminal who was involved in such heinous crimes against humanity.“. The concluding paragraph of the story goes onto demand that Suhrawardy Avenue in Kolkata be renamed while stating, “It is high time the name of the road is changed. Bengal does not lack heroes, and it is high time one of them is honoured instead of a criminal who caused so many deaths and such destruction in the city.

UPDATE: Swarajya has updated their title and Snapshot section of the article after Alt News’s exposé. Here’s the original version of their article.

Suhrawardy Avenue

The author of this article, Jaideep Mazumdar, is also the Associate Editor of Swarajya Magazine. His biography on the Swarajya website states that he’s journalist with many years of experience in The Times Of India, Open Magazine, The Outlook, The Hindustan Times, The Pioneer and some other news organizations.

Despite having as much journalistic experience as the author claims, this article doesn’t provide an iota of evidence regarding the central claim of the article that the Suhrawardy Avenue in Kolkata is indeed named after Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy. The author rants on for over 3000 words talking about Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy and his alleged brutality and crimes. Since the time this article was published on Swarajya website on Aug 16, 2017, many on social media have contested the central claim of this article – Is Suhrawardy Avenue named after Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy?

We looked up some old maps of Calcutta. The oldest map that we found that had mentioned Suhrawardy Avenue is a 1940 map (high resolution).

If one zooms into the map, on the bottom right of the map, bordering Park Circus, Suhrawardy Avenue can be seen.

1940 map suhrawardy avenue

That means that Suhrawardy Avenue was named sometime prior to 1940. To find information about a subject that old, Google Books and Google Newspaper Archive are good resources. Google Newspaper Archive wasn’t helpful so we turned to Google Books. We searched for every reference of “Surhawardy Avenue” prior to 31st, December 1940.

 

The 17th Volume of Calcutta Municipal Gazette tells us that the road was named Suhrawardy Avenue in 1932-33, “Calcutta Improvement Trust Road from Park Circus to its junotion with Kasaipara Lane and lying, to the north of the Park, to be called Suhrawardy Avenue. P. TRIVED, Assessor to the Corporation. Central Municipal Office, The 20th April,…

Google Books also allows a user to search within a specific book. We searched for all references of Suhrawardy within the book and this is what we found.

The new road constructed by the Calcutta Improvement Trust from Park Circus to the junction of Kasaipara Lane-on which stands the house of Sir Hassan Suhrawardy, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta-was named Suhra-“.

Unfortunately, Google Books for copyrighted books only shows snippets and not the entire book. In this snippet, the name of the lane can be seen only partially as “Suhra-“. However, the description of the road matches the previous screenshot from the same book. Hence it would be safe to assume that the incomplete word “Suhra-” means “Suhrawardy Avenue”.

The aforementioned snippet from the 17th volume of Calcutta Municipal Gazette proves that Suhrawardy Avenue was not named after Huseyn Suhrawardy but after Sir Hassan Suhrawardy. Sir Hassan Suhrawardy was the Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University from 1930-1934. He was conferred knighthood in February, 1932.

A book called “A history of Calcutta’s streets” and authored by P. Thankappan Nair also reconfirms that Suhrawardy Avenue was named after Sir Hassan Suhrawardy. These images were posted by Deepanjan Ghosh on his Twitter account.

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This is the second time Alt News has caught Swarajya spreading falsehood. Last time around, Swarajya falsely claimed that GST was applicable for only Hindu religious institutions and that Churches and Mosques were exempt from GST. Considering that R. Jagannathan, the Editorial Director of Swarajya, was recently on a panel discussing fake news in Newslaundry’s mediarumble event, it must be embarrassing for him that Swarajya is publishing such ridiculously fake pieces under his watch.

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29 Comments on "Swarajya magazine and Jaideep Mazumdar spread falsehood about Suhrawardy Avenue in Kolkata"

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858182
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Sir. U r doing an awesome job . Proud of u. Plz do continue and help people to tackle fake news. Indirectly u r actually destroying fascism that tends to destroy our democracy secular Republic nature of our country. Commendable job.
Sir another news of RSS -why it didn’t hoist flag ? in Shankanaad website is displaying and r being circulated.

Rajesh
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Do u anything abt direct action day massacre of hindus in bengal?? Thousands of Hindus were killed but this fraud pateek is more worried abt road name.

Indian
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Do you live in Bengal Rajesh?

Captain
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We Bengalees are NOT BOTHERED BY THESE FEKU INFO BY RSS/Sangh/BJP. We will live in PEACE & HARMONY. Jai Hind

Rajesh
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Remember direct action day and massacre of Hindu if you r true Hindu.

Indian
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Nahi Bhai, sirf tu hi akela Hindu bacha hai puri duniya mein

412791
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Dr. Sir Hassan Suhrawardy (1884-1946) was the first Vice-President of the Medical Council of India from 1933 to 1936.

jagmohan
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Please consider crowd funding campaign to raise funds which you can use to run ads on social media sites like FB and twitter to increase your reach and educate more Indians which will create virtuous Cycle

Chakravarti
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My fellow Indians, just see and try to understand how a carefully crafted fake media campaign is being run to malign non BJP states like Bengal and Kerala. These two states are their last hurdle to capturing whole India. Hence Bengali culture and history is under big threat. Try to understand we Bengalis always believed in the secular idea of India..if you all do not resist this attack on us Bengal will change forever and there will be no one in India to carry that legacy. So help Bengalis resist RSS. Counter any argument you hear against Bengal. Most of… Read more »
S Z Ahmad
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Well said, Sir. There is certainly a sneer campaign to bring Bengal under disrepute by hook or by crook. These fake news is a part of the bigger game plan by the vested interest and divisive forces to disrupt communal harmony in the state. The plan has to be defeated.

truthfinder
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Was not it true that Swarawardy engineered the mass killing of Hindus in shameful Calcutta killing of that time with his Muslim goons ?

S Z Ahmad
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If you go through the article carefully, you will notice that the road was christened in the name of a much-respected academician much before the Calcutta killing, and the present hue and cry was only a smoke-screen for defaming the legible Government. While no one would condone killings, but twisting facts to suit one’s political agenda is deplorable, to say the least.

VIVEK YADAV
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@Chakravarti Yeah , Bengalis were secular ……that’s why East Bengalis created pakistan . People forget that was the not the west Pakistanis that created Pakistan(i.e the Sindhis , the balochis , the people NWFP ) but Pakistan movement was started in Bengal and steered by Bengal . Even in the assembly elections before partition which was widely thought to be a referendum on partition …the muslim league won majority of it’s seat in Bengal and lost in the provinces of what is today Pakistan . The west bengalis created Pakistan and left the east bengalis moles within India to destroy… Read more »
joydeep
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@Vivek Yadav, koi sikhe nationalism to apse sikhe,, jab tak yeh North indians India pe hain.. tab tak to india ka satynash hoga.. Independnce ka time pe gujarat se ek ake mar ke gaya tha.. aur abhi aur ek aya hain.. aur jitna kam baloo UP aur dusre jagah ke bare me utna hi kam hain.. bunch of cowards north indians and they call other anti nationals

ranajn
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Vivek here is absolutely right.The five communities who compromises Pakisthan today Punjabis,Sindhis,Pathans.Baluch and Baltis have minor contribution towards creation of pakisthan.Same applies for Kashmiris also.Pakisthan was principally created by North Indian and Bengali muslims.

VIVEK YADAV
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@joydeep Haan tumko humse seekhni padegi mulkparasti . Meri 3 pidhiyo ne is mulk ki khidmat ki hai defense forces mein . Aur rahi north Indians ki baat ……toh yeh hai India ke defense forces mein sabse jyada personnel bhejne waale state …
Uttar Pradesh
Haryana
Uttarakhand
Bihar
Rajasthan
Punjab
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Delhi
Jammu and Kashmir

now pray tell ….where is west bengal in it ?

Aman
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Sir, Please do a check on youtube. There are lot of fake news mondering over youTube trending section these days. One example is releated to dokalam issue (indo-china relation).

v v anand
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The Brits had very good reasons to honour Lt Col Dr. Sir Hassan Suhrawardy. In 1932, Bina Das , revolutionary woman entered the Bengal Assembly and threw a bomb at Sir Stanley Jackson, Governor of Bengal. Unfortunately, Jackson was only wounded and it was Dr. Hassan Suhrawardy who treated him to full recovery. Incidentally, the Butcher of Kolkata in 1946 may well be, not Hussain Suhrawardy, but the British Giovernor , Sir L Burrows. Anyway, police under GOI Act of 1935 came directly under the Governor. The army, as Maulana Azad found out was under instructions not to interfere on… Read more »
S Z Ahmad
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Its a revelation indeed. Thank you, Sir. Can you please provide some references for further studies?

ranjan
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The Surhawardy referred to the article was Prime Minister Surhawardy. who during the british day had kejriwal type power ie without police.The riot was engineered by Jinnah and the Britishers with Suhrawardy getting a bad name.

PKD
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I am utterly surprised and fail to understand if PM Modi is so popular and his party is doing wonders for India as being claimed by a section of society & media, then where is the need for all this rubbish fake news and diverting people attention.This thirst for absolute power of Body,mind and all other spheres in one’s life, is not only dangerous but also very damaging to society,however it also reflects the insecurity of one’s character.

Menon
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Named after a Muzie ass licker of British and 1933-46 is not a big gap. The Cabinet minutes shows he was pushing for sending army against Hindus.

Dsouza
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Sir, congrats on another great article. Most Indians admire people like you who tell us the truth. Thank you.

Peter John V
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Dear Swarajya, Boooo…..Boooo……

Veeresh Malik
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Sir Hassan Suhrawardy OBE, CStJ, FRCS (1884 – 18 September 1946). So you’re trying to tell us that they named a road after this gent while he was alive? Even if that were true, it would have been “Sir Hassan Suhrawardy Avenue”. They were quite strict about this then. Good try, anyways.

v v anand
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the naming may have preceded the knighthood.

Rajesh
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So you are worried about one factual mistake of the article but silent on direct action day massacre of Hindu which was committed by suharabardy…indeed you are a son of that fraud mukul Sinha.

Timusinverse
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I have no idea why non Bengali idiots who did nothing for the freedom struggle are so aggressive in stoking communal fire in Bengal. Yes, direct action day was there, we fought and survived it and we have come over it to live in harmony. Why is that causing you so much heartburn? Did you or your forefathers help us during direct action day? No, then? Just get lost and figure out how your babies will survive when there’s no oxygen in your hospitals or when your railway staff create accidents. Jobless morons….

Natique
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GOOD JOB WORTHREADING HOW AUTHOR DIG TO RIGHT INFORMATION. THESE DAYS FASLEHOOD BECOME MAIN STREAM TREND.

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