Saturday, February 26, 2011

A homage to the freedom fighters as flahed on the f.b. on Feb.26,2011.

Bishwa Nath Singh

Can’t we acknowledge the supreme sacrifice and great contribution of all those by whose untiring efforts we have been freely moving around in our country without anyone questioning or imposing any kinds of restrictions on us and we feel satisfied and contended?. One should not forget that these satisfactions are due to the efforts of our freedom fighters that were responsible to free our country India from the British rule. It’s because of our freedom fighters that today we are enjoying are freedom. Their satyagrah, sacrifices, and tortures have resulted in the freedom that we enjoy today in our motherland India.


.( Photo of while presenting key note addrss on the eve of  30th death anniversary of freedom fighter Late Budhan Rai Vema)

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Bishwa Nath Singh :
India was under the rule of the British for over centuries, finally attaining complete freedom on August 15, 1947. Common people from different parts of the country came forward to join the freedom struggle. There are many who have gone unn...amed for their selfless acts to achieve a free India. These people may have not been given any award or credit, but they will always be remembered in the hearts of every Indian. Today as we freely move around in our country without anyone questioning or imposing any kinds of restrictions on us we feel satisfied and contended. But this satisfaction is due to the efforts taken by our freedom fighters to free our country from the British rule. Its because of our freedom fighters that today we are enjoying are freedom. Their satyagrahas, sacrifices, and tortures have resulted in the freedom that we enjoy today in our motherland India .There are also those who are known for their courage and selflessness to lead the people by showing a united front. The first freedom fighter's name that comes up in any Indian's mind is Mahatma Gandhi. Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, he became popularly known as 'The Mahatma' or 'Gandhiji'. He gave the Indian people weapons such as non-violence and non-resistance to fight against the unjust British. Those following him were told to strictly adhere to them. Some of his famous campaigns against the tyrannical rule of the British include the Civil Disobedience, the Quit India movement, Dandi March and the Non-cooperation movement. His practices of Satyagraha or non-violent resistance has influenced leaders like former American leader Martin Luther King Jr., Myanmar's quest for democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi and most notably anti-apartheid leader from South Africa, Nelson Mandela.Another prominent Indian freedom fighter was Lokmanya Tilak who was a teacher and scholar. He introduced prominent newspapers like "Maratha" and "Kesari" and spread the message of Swarajya and self-rule through them. He is well known for his statement - Swaraj is my birthright, and I shall have it. Subhas Chandra Bose is also recognized as one of the leading revolutionary freedom fighters of that era. He was jailed many times. He also founded the Indian National Army. Sardar Vallabhai Patel popularly known as the Iron Man of India was another great freedom fighter. Giving up his law practice he went on to fight for India's freedom.The first Prime Minister of free India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's speech 'Tryst with Destiny' on the eve of Indian independence, will be a glorious moment in Indian history. A charismatic and radical leader, he was one of the youngest to lead the Indian National Congress and was a youth icon throughout the country. Revolutionary freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh and Khudiram Bose were eternally symbolized as courageous and brave individuals who laid down their lives for the country at an early age.Rabindra Nath Tagore and Swami Vivekanada, although not vocal in their participation towards the freedom struggle should nonetheless be mentioned for their contributions towards Indian independence in terms of prose and poetry. Ashfaqulla Khan, Ramprasad Bismil, Madame Cama, Aurobindo Ghosh, Suhdev, Surya Sen, Vijay Lakshmi Pandit, and many others will forever be etched into people's hearts for their countless acts of valor and bravery.As true Indians, many of us fail to realize the impact of what these freedom fighters did for us nearly over sixty years ago. Yet their heroic deeds are still engraved in people's minds. What we, as the future of India should always remember, is the struggle they went through just so that we could have a better future. The freedom that we take for granted today has been given to us by people who are no longer alive to tell us how they lived each day during those tough and trying times. Let us remember not only those freedom fighters who are well known, but also those who died in the freedom struggle without having their names honored.Another famous Indian freedom fighter is Bal Gangadhar Tilak (Lokmanya Tilak) who was born in ratnagiri, a port in Maharashtra. His father was a teacher and a scholar. He was a brave boy and always fought for freedom, swarajya and self-rule. He also started two newspapers “Maratha” and “Kesari” due to which he was sent into prison. He wanted to spread the message of swarajya through his newspaper. He said, “swaraj is my birth right and I shall have it”. He died on 1st august. People loved him and accepted him as their leaders and so he was called Lokmanya Tilak.One can’t forget Acharya Vinoba Bhave when reminded of freedom fighters who was born at Gagoda, in the Kolaba district of Maharashtra on September 11,1895, who was deeply attached to his mother, Rukminibai, inherited her austerity, asceticism and altruism and whereas his father, Narahari Shambhurao, was an ardent advocate of western learning .. He knew twenty two languages. He was an ardent disciple of Mahatma Gandhi and founder of Sarvodaya and Bhoodan movements, a great thinker and writer, linguist and propagator of peace, who had led a life of absolute celibacy who had passed away on November 15, 1982. and was posthumously honored with the Country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 1983..The great freedom fighters of India can be remembered as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi , Annie Besant , Rani Lakshmibai . Bhikaji Cama , Mangal Pandey , Lal Bahadur Shastri , Sarojini Naidu , Bhagat Singh , Chandrasekhar Azad , Bal Gangadhar Tilak , Dr. Rajendra Prasad , Chakravarti Rajagopalachari , Gopal Krishna Gokhale , Jawaharlal Nehru , Indira Gandhi , Lala Lajpat Rai , Maulana Abul Kalam Azad , Subhas Chandra Bose , Dadabhai Naoroji , Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel , Bipin Chandra Pal , Tantia Tope , Khudiram Bose ,Janaki Devi Bajaj and many others who struggled hard for bringing independence to our country from centuries old British Colonial Rule. The other day,I had honor to present a key note address on the eve of thirtieth death anniversary of a freedom fighter who hailed fro Bihar State of India Budhan Rai Verma who was a childhood friend and class mate of my most loving father who had died in the year 1985. There are many freedom fighters like Verma and as my father who had sacrificed their life for welfare of our nation without expecting anything in return.Let us join to pay our humble obeisance to the lotus feet of all freedom fighters who are either alive or dead whose contribution and sacrifice will be always cherished by all of us!



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