Today on Chandrashekhar Azad’s death anniversary here are some interesting and inspiring facts about the legend.
Chandrashekhar Azad, also known as Azad, was an Indian freedom fighter who played a significant role in India’s struggle for independence. He was born on 23 July 1906 in Bhavra village in the present-day Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh state. He was a charismatic and fearless revolutionary who stood up against British imperialism and inspired generations of Indians to fight for their freedom.
Azad was deeply influenced by the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919, which led to his involvement in the freedom struggle. He got inspired towards the cause of freedom Non-Cooperation Movement led by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920, but he felt that non-violent methods were not enough to achieve independence. He, along with other freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh and other revolutionary leaders, formed the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA) in 1928 to wage an armed struggle against the British.
Azad was known for his bravery, quick thinking, and determination. He was a master of disguise and could evade the police and intelligence agencies for years. He was involved in several acts of sabotage, including the bombing of the Central Legislative Assembly in Delhi in 1929, which was intended to protest against the Public Safety Bill and the Trade Disputes Bill. His most famous act against the British was Kakori Kaand.He was arrested and brought to trial along with Bhagat Singh and other members of the HSRA. However, he managed to escape from custody while being taken to the court and continued to fight for the cause of independence.
Azad operated in various parts of North India, spreading the message of revolution and organizing guerrilla warfare against the British. He lived a life on the run and was constantly pursued by the police. In February 1931, he was cornered by the police in Alfred Park in Allahabad. Rather than surrendering, he fought till the last bullet and took his own life to avoid being captured alive.
Azad’s sacrifice inspired a whole generation of young Indians to take up the cause of independence. He remains an iconic figure in the history of the Indian freedom struggle and is remembered as a symbol of courage, determination, and sacrifice.
In recognition of his contribution to the freedom struggle, several institutions and landmarks have been named after him. The Chandrashekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology in Uttar Pradesh, Chandrashekhar Azad Park in Allahabad, and Chandrashekhar Azad Memorial Museum in Bhavra are some examples.
Chandrashekhar Azad was a brave and fearless freedom fighter who dedicated his life to the cause of India’s independence. His contributions to the freedom struggle and his sacrifice continue to inspire generations of Indians to fight for justice and freedom. Such was his aura and fear amongst the British that after he died shooting himself in the head British policeman were afraid of going near his dead body for a while.
This small tribute to the great son on mother India from Panchayiti, saluting the brave-heart.