The Lost Stories of Forgotten Fighters of Indian Independence

Forgotten Indian Independence Fighters: The country cheers loudly for the 77th Independence Day. August 15, 1947 is engraved in the history of India in gold letters. The day annually celebrates the leaders of the freedom fighters, but forgets one of them that they lead. There are countless heroes and heroines and their unwavering dedication that must be counted on the big stages.

In this article, you will learn about the lesser known hero who played a major role in India’s fight for freedom.

Gangu Mehtar: Gangu Mehtar or Gangu Baba was born in the Bithoor village of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, into a Dalit family. He lived his childhood in extreme poverty. At first, to earn a living, he also worked as a street sweeper.

Gangu Baba’s move to Chunnaiganj village brought major changes in his life. He learned wrestling and later owned a wrestling ring where many young people wrestled under his tutelage. He was one of the most important parts of Nana Saheb’s army and single-handedly killed about 150 British.

Kanak Lata Barua: Kanaklata Barua, also called Birbala and Shaheed (martyr), was an Indian independence activist and AISF leader. 17-year-old Kanaklata, with a heart full of love for the motherland, joined Mrityu Bahini, a youth death squad from Assam. The Bahini decided to raise the national flag at the neighborhood police station on September 20, 1942. To do this, Barua led a group of unarmed peasants. Rebati Mahan Som, the officer in charge of the police station, told the procession that his plot will have dire consequences from the police. When the police opened fire on the parade after issuing the warning, it was still advancing. Mukunda Kakoti, who was also shot, picked up the flag that Barua was holding after being shot.

Barua, the young leader, sacrificed her life.

Taanguturi Prakasham: Taanguturi Prakasam, popularly known as “Andhra Kesari” which means “Lion of Andhra”. Born on August 23, 1872, he was an Indian jurist, political leader, social reformer and anti-colonial nationalist and the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He actively promoted harijan (dalit) issues while traveling in the state. On one of these excursions to Harijanwada on the outskirts of Ongole, he suffered severe heat stroke. He was admitted to a Hyderabad hospital, where he passed away on May 20, 1957.

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Aruna Asaf Ali: Aruna Asaf Ali was a publisher, political activist, and educator from India. She was born as Aruna Ganguly on July 16, 1909 in Kalka, Haryana, to a Bengali family that practiced traditional Hinduism. She was a strong supporter of Indian independence and is known for raising the Indian national flag during the Quit India Movement of 1942 on the Gowalia Tank Maidan in Bombay. She earned the titles of “Great Old Woman” of the Independence Movement and “Heroine of 1942” due to her brave actions.

Veerpandiya Kattabonam – Veerpandiya Kattabomman was an 18th century Palayakarrar and King of Panchalankurichi in Tamil Nadu, India. Kattabomman had to hold out at his fort at Panchalankurichi largely unprepared, although his forces were able to hold off the company troops initially, his fort was unable to engage the British artillery so he withdrew from the fort into the woods. nearby, fighting a guerrilla campaign until his capture on October 1, 1799.

He was captured by the British with the help of the ruler of the Pudukottai kingdom, Vijaya Raghunatha Tondaiman, and at the age of 39 he was hanged at Kayathar on 16 October 1799.

Alluri Seetharam Raju – Indian rebel Alluri Sitarama Raju fought against British colonial power in his country. He organized tribal peoples against the British government’s repressive forest policies and regulations by leading a guerrilla war in the Eastern Ghats region of present-day Andhra Pradesh.

He was born as Alluri Rama Raju in a Telugu speaking family. Later, he prefaced his name with “Sita” in honor of a young woman he loved who tragically passed away at a young age, leaving him heartbroken.

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Maatangini Haazra: Maatangini Haazra, popularly known as gandhiburi(old lady Gandhi), he was born on October 19, 1870. He became enthusiastically involved in Gandhi’s campaign for the freedom of India. He participated in the Civil Disobedience campaign in 1930 and was the first person arrested for violating the Salt Law. And then he was arrested for 6 months.

Despite his pitiful physical condition, Hazra returned to his social work in the 1930s as soon as he was released from prison to help the untouchables. He worked with affected men, women and children when smallpox epidemics first appeared in the area.

When she was shot dead by British Indian police outside the Tamluk Thana on 29 September 1942, she was in charge of one of the five groups of volunteers (from the Vidyut Bahini) who had assembled the Samar Parisad (War Council). . She the first martyr of the “Leave India” movement.

Potti Shriramulu – Indian Rebel and Freedom Fighter Potti Sreeramulu was born on March 16, 1901. In the Andhra area, Sreeramulu is regarded as Amarajeevi due to his self-sacrifice for the Andhra cause. He contributed his life to the formation of a Telugu-speaking state separate from the dominant Tamil-speaking Madras presidency.

He was on hunger strike for 56 days in support of a separate state for Andhra Pradesh; he died in the process. His death sparked public unrest and Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru declared the newly liberated nation’s intention to form the state of Andhra three days after Sreeramulu’s death.

The list of unsung heroes does not end here. These infamous people, from grassroots activists to unknown revolutionaries, selflessly contribute to the freedom of struggle. It’s time we at least had them on our conscience, if not on our books.

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