It is well known that Tagore was deeply concerned with the prevalence of malaria in the district of Birbhum where his two institutions at Santiniketan and Sriniketan were located. He was anxious to find out ways and means to eradicate malaria. For this purpose, he set up the malaria eradication society as a health co-operative. Almost all residents, including the Santhal inhabitants, enrolled themselves as members. The co-operative conducted sanitation campaigns in the rural areas, in bushes and ponds. The major work however was to arrange healthcare for the patients and provide quinine to the affected. However local people, especially santhals were so much attached to their traditional medicine that they often refused to take western medicine thinking that the state was trying to colonies their body. Apart from this east and west battle, the exercise involved lot of expenditure at the subscription was not enough to run the programme.
Former Professor, Dept of History, Jadavpur University
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