This year, India would be celebrating its 71st Independence Day: the day which no single Indian could ever forget. Mere mention of this date, 15th August, fills our heart with immense pride and acknowledgment of the lives sacrificed during the course of freedom movement. We owe this freedom to our valiant freedom fighters who didn't hesitate for once to give up their lives, just so their future generations can breathe the free air of India.
Ahead of this glorious day, let’s take some time to read about one of the bravest freedom fighters of India- Chandra Shekhar Azad.
>> Chandra Shekhar Azad vouched that he would never get into the hands of British, and till his last breath, he kept his promise. When he was left with the last bullet in hand, with a dozen of British Police ready to gain control of him, he chose to end his life than to be captured by British. This incident has been narrated to every single Indian during his entire course of education. But there’s more to this fearless freedom fighter.
>> Azad was only 15 years old when he joined Mahatma Gandhi’s Non-Cooperation movement which led to his subsequent arrest. His mother wanted him to become a Sanskrit Scholar, but fate had some different plans for him.
>> When he was asked to introduce himself before a Judge at court, he named himself ‘Azad’ while calling his father as ‘Swatantrata’. He named ‘Jail’ as his residence. He was sentenced to 15 lashes.
>> Azad earned fame for the famous Kakori Train Robbery in 1925 and for killing the assistant superintendent Saunders in 1928.
>>Bhagat Singh joined Azad following the death of Lala Lajpat Rai.
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>>One of his favourite verses was: ‘Dushman Ki Goliyon Ka Hum Samna Karenge, Azad Hi Rahein Hain, Azad Hi Rahenge!’
>>It was the massacre of Jallianwala Bagh which took place in 1919, which inspired him to join the Non-Cooperation Movement led by Gandhi in 1920.
>>He was so restless with enthusiasm that people called him ‘Quick Silver’.
>>The park where he killed himself, Alfred Park was renamed as Chandra Shekhar Azad Park to honour his sacrifice.
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Chandra Shekhar Azad was the man who radiates inspiration to masses. Though he lived a short life of 24 years, his entire journey was worthwhile. He made it large, not long. We salute our freedom fighter Chanda Shekhar Azad for his courage and unconditional love for the country.
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