Chandra Shekhar Azad: Today is the death anniversary of Chandra Shekhar Azad, the great revolutionary who sacrificed for the independence of the country. Azad had an encounter with British soldiers on this day in 1931 in Alfred Park, Allahabad. Azad decided to shoot himself instead of bowing to the British rule and became immortal.
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This historic Alfred Park is today known as Chandrashekhar Azad Park. Chandrasekhar Azad became the pioneer of revolution due to his strong intentions and by his efficient and aggressive strategy, he brought the British rule to its knees. Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tribute to Chandrashekhar Azad and remembered his contribution to the independence of the country.
How Chandra Shekhar Became ‘Azad’
Chandra Shekhar Azad was born in Bhabhara village in Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Today this village is also known as Chandrashekhar Azad Nagar. Mahatma Gandhi and Lala Lajpat Rai had great influence on their lives. At the age of just 15, Azad Gandhiji joined the Non-Cooperation Movement.
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At the same time, he was arrested. During the court appearance, when the judge asked his name, he told his name as free. Not only this, Azad had also told his father’s name independence and home address as jail. Angered by his reply, the judge sentenced him to 15 lashes. Azad kept saying Vande Mataram and Mahatma Gandhi ki Jai on every whip. Since then, his name has become independent.
Some Interesting Facts
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- ‘We will face the bullets of the enemy, we are free, we will remain free.’
- ‘My name is Azad, my father’s name is freedom and my house is a jail.’
- ‘If a youth does not serve the motherland, then his life is meaningless.’
- ‘If there is no fury in your blood, then it is water that is flowing in your veins. What is the meaning of such youth if it does not work for the motherland?
- ‘Don’t see others moving ahead of themselves. Break your own record every day, because success is a fight with yourself. ‘
- ‘I believe in a religion that teaches freedom, equality and brotherhood’.
- ‘Spark is in my body to smolder freedom. The flame of revolution is in my body. Where is death, this thing is in my country. The spirit of sacrifice is alive in my shroud. ‘