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Remembering the sacrifice of Freedom Fighters of India

India is celebrating its 74th Independence Day on 15th August. Independence Day is an annual observance day which is celebrated on every 15th August.   India celebrates Independence Day and remembers the sacrifices that our freedom fighters made during the struggle against the British Empire. 15th August is declared as the National and Gazetted holiday to celebrate the independence of our country from the British Empire.

On the fifteenth of August 1947, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who turned out to be the first Prime Minister of Independent India. On that day of 1947, he raised the Indian national flag over the Lahori Gate at the Red Fort in Delhi. And after that, in a similar fashion, every year the national flag of India is hoisted from the same platform by the contemporary Prime Ministers of our country.

Mahatma Gandhi was the leader who guided India towards Independence. India was under the British rule for over 250 years. Gandhi returned to India from South Africa in 1915 at the request of Gopal Krishna Gokhale.

Gandhi’s contribution to the Indian freedom movement cannot be measured in words. He, along with other freedom fighters, compelled the British to leave India. His policies and agendas were non-violent and his words were the source of inspiration for millions.

Gandhi’s Salt March is considered to be a pivotal incident in the history of freedom struggle. At the Calcutta Congress of 1928, Gandhi declared that the British must grant India dominion status or the country will erupt into a revolution for complete independence. The British did not pay heed to this.

A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes

By Mahatma Gandhi

As a result, on December 31, 1929, the Indian flag was unfurled in Lahore and the next January 26 was celebrated as the Indian Independence Day. Then, Gandhi started a Satyagraha campaign against the salt tax in March 1930. He marched 388 kilometres from Ahmedabad to Dandi in Gujarat to make salt. Thousands of people joined him and made it one of the biggest marches in Indian history.

Many more freedom fighters were playing a crucial role in the history of independent India. Bhagat Singh was born on 28 September 1907 into a family that had been involved in revolutionary activities against the British Raj. This would go on to prove just how true he was to his name in the coming years. Bhagat means ‘bhakt’ or ‘devotee’. From an early age Bhagat was devoted to the cause of his motherland and her freedom.

The tragic death of Lala Lajpat Rai was  turning point in Bhagat Singh’s life. The independence movement was in full heat. The Simon Commission was set up to look into the state of Indian constitutional affairs. It left the Indian public outraged and insulted that the Commission which was to determine the future of India, did not include a single Indian member in it. Lala Lajpat Rai who was leading a non-violent protest against the Simon Commission when the Commission visited Lahore on 30 October 1928, got grievously injured when the police under orders from James A. Scott, lathi charged on the unsuspecting crowd. Lalaji died on 17 November 1928.

Singh vowed to take revenge for Lalaji’s murder and joined other revolutionaries, Shivaram Rajguru, Sukhdev Thapar and Chandrashekhar Azad, in a plot to kill Scott. However, in a case of mistaken identity Bhagat Singh and Rajguru shot Assistant Superintendent of Police John P. Saunders on 17 December 1928. 

Even after fighting so valiantly and sacrificing his life at the young age of 23 for the freedom of this country. Responding to an inquiry under the Right to Information Act the Home Ministry said that it possesses no record to prove that Bhagat Singh has been declared a martyr. There might be no record to prove him a martyr but that doesn’t take away from his greatness and try as we may we can never really forget the cries of “Inquilab Zindabad!”

Criticism and independent thinking are the two indispensable qualities of a revolutionary

By Bhagat singh

We should take a stand for what you believe in as per the Mahatma Gandhi protesting in independence of India. Another important lesson we can learn from our freedom fighters like Bhagat singh, Lala Lajpat rai, Chandarshekhar Azad, Subhash chandr Bose and Rani Luxmibai is their absolute believes in the power of team building and team work. It is a lovely and necessary thing to dream, and to dream big, and we would be wise to teach our children the same life lesson. The lesson to draw ultimately from our set of incredible freedom fighters is that plans they drew up in their lives, they had the courage, the will, the strength, and the sheer guts, to execute them. Our follows principle of freedom fighters like team work, action oriented and innovation in research ideas.   

Just like Independence Day is valued by other countries around the world, India also celebrates it with happiness and pomp. Come and be a part of this joy. You’re always welcome.


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