Chandra Shekhar Azad

Chandra Shekhar Azad
The Undaunted Revolutionary

Chandra Shekhar Azad will always remain immortal in the annals of history as a man who sacrificed his life at the altar of freedom. At a time when Gandhiji was busy with his ahimsa and Non-cooperation Movement to liberate the the country, a couple of fiery young men were sceptical about his methods.
They were sure the best course was the proverbial policy of ‘tit for tat’ and were in favour of giving the British a fitting reply for their tyranny. Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Sachindra Sanyal and Ram Prasad Bismil were among those who had no faith in non-violence. While Bhagat Singh was active in Punjab, Chandra Shekhar Azad was busy in UP. He was fired by the zeal to help Bhagat Singh and when the two collaborated, Chandra Shekhar Azad was given the leadership of the activists.

Azad became a member of the group which had vowed to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai. British police officer Saunders was their target. The group looted the government treasury for funds required for the movement. A terror to the police, Azad was listed terrorist and kept under watch. When he was surrounded in Alfred Park, Allahabad, by a strong police squadron, Azad fought them bravely for many hours. Even after he was killed, the Brtish dared not approach his body and waited for some tome to confirm his death.

Azad was born at Jhabra in Madhya Pradesh. He ran away from home when young, reached Kashi (Benares) and joined the freedom struggle. In 1921, he was first sentenced to 15 lashes for revolutionary activities. With each stroke of the whip the young patriot shouted Bharat Mata ki Jai  and confounded the officers with his undaunted spirit.

(Famous Indians of the 20th Century, Vishwamitra Sharma, Pg. 48)

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