The Marang Gomke: Jaipal Singh

Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh, born at Takra (Ranchi) Jaipal was the son of a Pahan who was picked up as his ward by an Anglican Canaon Cosgrave and took him to England.
In 1919 and 1921 Jaipal got his school-education at Darlington,England and later studied at Saint Augustine College, Kanterburi. From 1922 to 1926 he was a student of St. John College, Oxford. He was a Hockey Captain and was prominent in Football, Tennis and Cricket. While at Oxfordhe was the President of Junior Common Room.
After his graduation in 1927 he became ICS probationer, but he eventually left. Between 1923 and 1928 he toured France, Belgium, Spain, and Germany with his Hockey Team comprising Indian residents in Europe. In 1928 under his captain-ship his team won the World Championship in Amsterdam. This created a sense of great glory in the Indian abroad and at home that even the Indians could vanquish the Europeans.
From 1928 to 1933 he was a Covenanted Mercantile Assistant in Royal Dutch-Ship Group, Calcutta.He was the first Indian to hold such a post. From 1934-1937, he was Commercial Master at Achimpta College, Accra – an appointment at that time in the Senior Assistant Master at Raj Kumar College, Raipur.
In 1938 he was Revenue Commissioner and Acting Colonization Minister in Bikaner, one of the largest Native Princely States. He was married to the grand daughter of Late Mr. W.C. Bonerjee, once the President of Indian National Congress.
To the Adibasis, a new man with such a career was a concrete embodiment of their own aspirations and he exceedingly fitted in the structure of the then new Adibashi politics. He was an outsider in the sense that he was not involved inthe Ranchi-based politics for leadership. He was, however, also an insider because he was Munda Tribal by Birth and could converse in Mundari and Sadri. His followers took him as incarnation of Ranchi itself.
Jaipal with his background wanted a reasonable rehabilation in the State of Bihar. Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Dr. Anugrah Narain Sinha wanted to help him; but Dr. Mahmood, the then Education Minister was not inclined to oblige Jaipal – a great tactical mistake indeed for which Bihar had to pay through its nose. Where Congressites failed, N.N. Dikshit of Jamshedpur succeeded to patronize Jaipal. In February, 1939 Rakshit was said to have been let down by Congress leaders in his election to council of States and as a part of vendetta Rakshit capitalized Jaipal by paying some money and a derelict car and setting him on a separatist crusade against the Congress and its so called Hindu leadership.

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