6 unsung freedom fighters of India we barely know
The freedom that we are enjoying today was difficult to imagine before a century, and in fact, our ancestors had tried every way to make their next generation free from slavery. Though most of them left a much early before the independence, however, not all are fortunate when it comes to popularity. We know Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Subhash Chandra Bose but little we know about Chakhi Khuntia aka Chandan Hajuri or Rani Velu Nachiyar. Our history book carelessly neglected so many freedom fighters, and even the mainstream media ignores them. If this is not enough, we are unaware of most of the freedom fighters from South India and the saddest part is those who dedicated their entire life to make us free; we rarely know about them. Here are 6 unsung freedom fighters of India we barely know.
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Known as the Lakshmi Bai of South India, she single-handedly fought against Britishers with the help of Haider Ali and is the first to use the suicidal attack against the enemy. After Britishers formed allies with Nawab of Arcot and invaded her kingdom where they killed her husband, she plotted a revenge attack against them. She successfully recaptured her kingdom again and formed a women army and named it after her adoptive daughter and ruled there for a decade.
Chakhi Khuntia aka Chandan Hajuri
Though he was the priest of Puri Jagannath temple, he later became the family priest of Jhansi Rani Lakshmibai and played an important role during the first freedom struggle (Britishers used to say it sepoy mutiny), and had a direct contact with the rebel leadership. It was not easy for Britishers to captured him, and they faced a lot of struggle to arrest him and confiscated his properties. Later he was released under the Queen’s proclamation of 1858.
Raj Kumari Gupta
Though initially she and her husband were the part of the non-violence movement lead by Mahatma Gandhi, later she realized that armed revolution is the way to achieve independence. She joined with Chandra Shekhar Azad and became his informer and carried secret messages without even the knowledge of her husband and in-laws. She played an active role in delivering firearms to the revolutionists, and her in-laws abandoned her after her arrest. She is one of the unsung freedom fighters who paid a heavy price for helping the revolutionaries, and still, doesn’t get any recognition.
The 18th-century freedom fighter from Panchalankurichi, Tamil Nadu, refused to accept the sovereignty of British and also declared not to pay taxes to them. His war against the Britishers toppled down after Vijaya Raghunatha Tondaiman, the ruler of pudukottai betrayed him and later they captured him and hanged publicly to discourage the people from participating in any movement against them.
Badal Gupta, Dinesh Gupta, and Benoy Basu
The trio who were 18, 19 and 22 respectively known as BBD and are famous for the attack of Writer’s Building where their target was Col NS Simpson who was infamous for his brutality. The trio was involved in the freedom struggle from their student life, and both Dinesh and Benoy were the part of Bengal Volunteers, an underground revolutionary group against the Britishers lead by Subhash Chandra Bose. Badal family members were already involved in the freedom struggle, and his two uncles were imprisoned for the Alipore Bomb Case along with Sri Aurobindo. Out of three, Benoy was the most wanted for the Britishers, and a reward of 10000 was announced, however, they never able capture him till his death.
They entered the building by wearing Europian outfits and killed Simpson but failed to flee from the ground. They decided to take their own life instead of being caught by the police, and that’s why Badal took cyanide tablet whereas both Benoy and Dinesh shot themselves. Dinesh didn’t die on the spot and later got the final punishment after a trial. After his death, another revolutionary, Kanailal Bhattacharya took the revenge by killing the judge Mr. Gerlick who order the death penalty for Dinesh.
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The youngest freedom fighter of India who died just at the age of 12 as he denied the police to ferry them thus they killed him by firing bullets on the night of 11th October 1938. He was the member of the Banar Sena of Prajamandal (Party of people), and his duty was to keep watch on the police. When they ordered him to cross the river through his boat, he refused, and they killed him along with two others Laxman Mallik and Fagu Sahoo.
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