“C” for Chandra Shekhar Azad मुद्रण ई-मेल

This story is about a great character from our more recent past. We all would have heard about the revolutionaries involved in the freedom struggle for Mother India. They were not afraid to lay down their lives to free our motherland India from the British Empire. There are many famous young revolutionaries including Bhagat Singh, Khudiram Bose, Ashfaqulla Khan and Chandra Shekhar Azad. Let us touch upon one of those, Chandra Shekar Azad.

"Dushman ki Goliyon ka samna karenge, 
Azad hee rahe hain, azad hee rahenge."

This was the call of the young revolutionary, Chandra Shekhar Azad. He was born on 23rd July 1906. From a very young age he was a patriot and wished to do something for his motherland. He was terribly moved by the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre and therefore, at a tender age of 13, he joined Mahatma Gandhi's Non-cooperation Movement. He received his first punishment from the British when he was merely 15. When he was presented before the Magistrate, he answered that his name was Azad (meaning freedom). That very day he vowed that he would never allow himself to be arrested by the British and would rather die a free man.

Along with other revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh and Rajguru, he fought many fights for freedom. They jointly formed the "Hindustan Socialist Republican Association" which was committed to Indian Independence and social progress of the country.

Chandra Shekhar Azad was a terror to the British Empire and was always on the police hit-list who wanted to desperately capture him dead or alive.

On 27th February 1931, Chandra Shekhar Azad met two comrades at Alfred Park. He was betrayed by his friend who was a British informer. The police surrounded the park and ordered Azad to surrender. But Azad fought fearlessly and valiantly, and killed 3 policemen. He also got shot in the thigh. Later, seeing no means to escape, he shot himself with his last bullet. Thus, he kept his pledge of not being caught alive by the British.

What would I like to learn from Chandra Shekhar Azad?

•a)     Love for Motherland

•b)    Fearlessness

•c)     Dedication to a noble cause

•d)    Clarity of goal in life

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