Indian Freedom Fighters
India’s freedom struggle was fought hard. The country was dictated by the colonial rulers for over decades. Then there were the heroes who stood up for the country’s honor, even at the cost of their lives. While some of them became immortal with their names carved in the country’s history forever, there are a few unsung heroes who never got any share of the limelight they deserved, says the nationalist Sanjay Dalmia, Chairman of Dalmia Group. Let’s take a look at some of the freedom fighters who have no traces in the pages of the country’s history:
An Indian revolutionary, Matangini Hazra played a pivotal role in the Quit India Movement and Non-Cooperation Movement. Petrifying the colonial rulers with her valor, she continued shouting “Vande Matram” even after being shot thrice.
Pandurang Mahadev Bapat
Also known as Senapati Bapat, he was a leading figure during the Mulshi satyagraha. Post-independence, he hoisted the Indian flag for the first time in Pune, states Sanjay Dalmia.
Aruna Asaf Ali
Aruna Asaf Ali is an Indian independence activist who hoisted the Indian National Congress flag at the Gowalia Tank maidan in Bombay during the Quit India Movement.
Tara Rani Srivastava
Playing a major role in Mahatma Gandhi’s Quit India Movement, Tara Rani Srivastava did not withdraw from the protest despite losing her husband to British lathi charge.
Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi
Hailing from Gujarat, K.M Munshi is an independence movement activist, politician, writer and educationist. Despite being arrested a number of times by the colonial rulers, he did not withdraw from the struggle for independence.
An Indian social reformer, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay happens to be the first Indian woman who was arrested by the British. In her attempt to enhance the socio-economic standard of women in India, she focused on handicrafts, theatres, and handlooms.
Born in Chennimalai in Madras Presidency, British India, Tirupur Kumaran founded the Desa Bandhu Youth Association. It was during a protest march against the colonial government in 1932 that he lost his life for holding a flag of Indian nationalists that was banned by the British.
An Indian tribal freedom fighter, Birsa Munda belonged to the Munda tribe. He was the man behind the Millenarian movement, encouraging the tribal people of modern day Bihar and Jharkhand to go against the British Raj in the late 19th century.
Peer Ali Khan
Playing a major role in the 1857 freedom struggle, Peer Ali Khan was given capital punishment for his participation in the movement.
As a freedom fighter, Garimella Satyanarayana played a major role in influencing the people of his region through his patriotic songs and writings. He was even put behind the bars a number of times by the British administration for being a part of the freedom struggle.
Raj Kumari Gupta
Closely associated with Chandrashekhar Azad and Mahatma Gandhi, Raj Kumari Gupta played a major role in the Kakori case. She was given the charge of supplying arms to the activists.
Certainly, the people who gave this nation its freedom should never be forgotten. The country and its patriots like Sanjay Dalmia are proud of the heroism of these freedom fighters!