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Issue No.62
  • :0973-1156
  • :December
  • :2020

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 62, December 2020


Born to serve: Jharna Acharya has dedicated her life towards the social welfare of the poor and the deprived

By Shilpa Nandy (, Assistant Professor, Khudiram Bose Central College, Kolkata, India, and Advisor, Women’s Wing, Dakshinabanga Matsyajibi Forum

Fifty-year-old Jharna Acharya is a social activist and a popular name among the Sabar, Lodha and Baiga communities of Paschim Medinipur and Jhargram districts of West Bengal.

Her father, Kashinath Acharya, was a well-known activist of his district and had a profound influence on her life. He was associated with the Land Reform Movement of the state and founded the Keshiari Kusumpur High School. Jharna Acharya also acknowledges the role that her mother Minurani Acharya played in inspiring her to work for the poor and underprivileged sections of society.

Born in 1968 at Keshiari village in Paschim Medinipur, Jharna grew up with the aim to devote her life to the social welfare of the poor and deprived communities of her locality. Completing her postgraduation in Bengali from West Bengal’s Vidyasagar University with a special paper on