A Tribute to our Freedom Fighters #6

Posted: 02/08/2011 in Tributes

Chandrashekhar Azad,  ( July 23, 1906  /    Feb, 27 1931  )

A fearless revolutionary and a great freedom fighter, Chandrashekhar Azad was born at   Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh, at the age of 14 he went to Varanasi where he was taught to live the austere life of a Brahamachari.

He was highly inspired by the Non Cooperation movement of Mahatma Gandhi. In which he actively participated for which he was sentenced to fifteen lashes of logging at the age of 15. In the court he addressed himself as ‘Azad’, and gave his father’s name as ‘Swadhin’ and his mother’s name as ‘Dharti Ma’. With endurance, courage and fortitude he tolerated all the lashes. With each stroke of the whip he shouted ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. From then, on he was honored and titled as ‘Azad’.  When he was released, he took a pledge that he would never be arrested by the Britishers and will die as a free man.

When the Non Cooperation Movement was suspended due to Chauri-Chaura incidence, he turned to armed revolution and formed ‘Hindustan Socialist Republican Association’ with other revolutionaries.  He was involved in the Kakori train robbery and the attempt to blow the Viceroy’s train.  He was a terrorist to the British  because he killed John Poyantz Saunders to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai.

Azad was betrayed by one of the associates who informed the British Police. In Alfred Park, Allahabad he was besieged by the British police, he fought bravely for quite some time but seeing no other way he shot himself and fulfilled his desire to die a ‘free man’.

‘Dushman ki goliyon ka hum samna karenge, Azad hee rahein hain, azad hee rahenge’ is still recited by Indian soldiers fighting for free and Happy India.

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