The courage and the devotion of the freedom fighters towards their motherland is the living spirit of India that has been passed on through the generations. This indomitable spirit still burns brightly in the hearts of all the Indians. The living spirit India manifests itself whenever the country calls upon her sons for protection and defence. Even after Independence the ensuing battles, to uphold the sovereignty of the country, have seen heroic martyrs who’ve answered the call of their mother land with their lives. The living spirit of India is therefore, immortal.
|Some Prominent Martyrs of the Country|
He was the here of the Revolt of 1857, he was among the first to raise his voice for the freedom of his country. The British rulers feared this courageous and mighty general. When he was deceived by his friend, he faced his death like a hero.
|Rani Laxmi Bai
She symbolizes the bravery of Indian women and their sacrifice for the country. She led her troops to battle against the British in the Revolt of 1857. One of the first women martyrs of the country..
The Mahatma who is considered to be the father of the nation was the architect of India’s freedom and arguably the greatest man of this century. Gandhiji’s life was dedicated to the ideals of Truth, Non- violence and Love. He led the non violent movement for freedom and became an ambassador of peace to the world.
India’s Man of Steel as he is better known is responsible for the existence of united India today. During the indepenence procedures, he managed to persuade the different princely states to join the Indian Union and make India a single country.
|Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
He gave the people a strong cause to fight for when he said “Swaraj is our birthright”. He was an indefatigable worker for India’s freedom and development, he founded schools and published newspapers. He wore himself out, in his bid to awaken the sleeping patriotism of his fellowmen.
He was a fierce patiot, a young revolutionary. His bravery has made him i a symbol of the heroism of the youth of India. He threw a bomb when the Legislature was in session, to warn the British Government. He was executed by the British Government but lives on in the heart of India as a beloved hero.
He was the young pathan patriot who kissed his hangman’s noose and gave up his soul with the name of Allah on his lips. A courageous young man endowed with a will of steel, he dedicated everything to the service of India and her struggle for freedom.
|Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
Azad took part in the Khalifat movement. He wrote in a revolutionary journal called Al Hilal. He joined the Indian National Congress (I.N.C) in January 1920. He presided over the special session of Congress in September 1923 and at 35 years of age, was the youngest man to be elected the President of the Congress.
Surendranath Banerjee played a major part in channelizing the youth forces of Bengal towards the the struggle for freedom. He served as the President of the Indian National Congress twice, in 1895 and 1902. He became the editor of a paper called “Bengalee” from 1878 and wrote fearlessly on patriotism, freedom, unity and culture.
|Dr. Annie Besant
Annie Besant was born of Irish parents in London but made India her home from November, 1893. It was said of her that “there was scarcely any modern reform (in England) for which she had not worked, written spoken and suffered.” She was the one who started the Home Rule league in India.
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