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This Independence Day, here’s unwrapping stories of forgotten freedom fighters


Life without freedom is like a body without soul. India’s struggle for independence has seen number of revolutions, massive bloodshed, and countless sacrifices. While growing up we have heard of some big names in our history textbooks, but there are many freedom fighters that got forgotten on the way.

This Independence Day lets shed light on some unsung heroes who fought for independence with valor and even sacrificed their life for their beloved motherland.

Here is a list of the brave and the unsung freedom fighters


Butukeshwar Dutt

A member of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association, he along with Bhagat Singh exploded bombs in the Central Legislative Assembly in New Delhi in 1929. After this incident both were arrested and sentenced to lifetime imprisonment. In fact he did not even tried to escape the site and believed this would inspire many to fight for freedom. While serving time in jail, he and Singh started a historic hunger strike demanding better conditions for Indian political prisoners. It is unfortunately sad thought although Bhagat Singh still lives in our memories, Dutt remains a faded figure.

Batukeshwar Dutt - Wikipedia
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Tirupur Kumaran

Born in Chennimalai, Kumaran founded the Desa Bandhu Youth Association to lead numerous protests against the British. He died on 11 January 1932 after sustaining multiple injuries from a police assault. During his last protest he was holding the flag of the Indian nationalist, banned by the British government.

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Lakshmi Sahgal

Lakshmi Sahgal journey from a doctor to captain is a remarkable one. Born on 24 October 1914, she studied at the Madras Medical College. When she came to know that subhas Chandra Bose was starting a women’s regiment, she held a meeting with him and set up the Rani of Jhansi regiment.

Captain Lakshmi Sahgal (1914 - 2012) - A life of struggle - The Hindu
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Khudiram Bose

Bose was one of the youngest revolutionaries in India, being only 18 years and 8 months old at the time of his hanging. He attempted to assassinate a British magistrate, Douglas Kingsford.  he was sentenced to death on 11 August , 1908, his last words being ‘ Vande Mataram’.

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Tilka Manjhi

Tilka Manjhi was the first adivasi leader who rebelled against British rule in India. He organized the adivasis into groups to fight against exploitation. He attacked a British commissioner and Rajmahal with a gulel. When he was captured he was tied to a horse tail and was dragged till the collectors residence ,he was then hung from a banyan tree. Today his statue stands at the same spot .

तिलका मांझी: भारतीय स्वतंत्रता ...
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Umaji Naik

Umaji raised his own army to fight against British after the fall of the Maratha empire.  He attacked the police station at Jejuri, he also used to loot money of the British government and distributed it to the poor and needy. He was arrested and sentenced to death in 1832 he was hanged from a peepal tree and his body was left there for three days to create a felling if terror.

उमाजी नाईक (Umaji Naik) – मराठी विश्वकोश
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Birsa Munda

A tribal freedom fighter, he challenged the British with the slogan Abua raj setar jana, maharani raj tundu jana which means that let our kingdom be established and the kingdom of the queen be finished.. he established Munda Raj and asked farmers to not pay any rent. He died in jail in 1900.

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Kanabalata Barua

This young warrior gave sacrificed her life for the country only at 17 years of age. During the quit India Movement, she led a procession of unarmed villagers in Gohpur sub division, Assam. The protesters decided that they would hoist the national flag at the local police station. The local policemen warned them to stop but the villagers continued to march forward. On this the police open fired when Barua was shot dead.

There are many such warriors who gave up their lives so that their children may never suffer like they did. We must never forget that freedom of India was never free and must keep on working to live up to the expectations that the many freedom fighters had for free India.

Kanaklata Barua - Wikipedia
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