Lesser Known Warriors of Indian Independence

Kunwar Singh

He was born in 1782 in Jagdishpur village of Bihar

He urged a gang of rebels to attack Agra and in no time, he looted the treasury and established kingship over the Agra Fort.

While he was crossing River Ganga, the Britishers pierced a bullet in his right wrist, but to prevent poison spreading further into the body, he amputated his right hand and threw it into the lap of Mother Ganga saying it was his last offering to her.

Shyamji Krishna Verma

In 1905, he started ‘The Indian Sociologist’, a newspaper for propagating the cause of Indian freedom from London.

In 1905, he also established India House, a hostel for Indian students studying in England and admitted students to the hostel only after they vowed that they would never serve under the British Government.

His name is still painted on the almirah, containing the donated books at the Paris University library.

Sufi Amba Prasad

He was an ascetic of freedom, an expert in both English and Urdu, he was a law graduate who never practiced law.

He was imprisoned twice for the ‘intolerable’ articles he published in a Urdu periodical at Muradabad.

His tombstone is still in Iran and even today, on his death anniversary, the Iranians gather at his tombstone to honour India’s brave son with garlands of flowers.

Kishan Singh Gadgajj

This hawaldar of No.2/35 Sikh regiment was totally transformed after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

He started his own party and called it Chakravarty Dal, later renamed as Babbar Akali Dal and the ensuing movement came to be known as Babbar Akali Andolan

The strategy adopted by him was that his partymen would suddenly go to some villages, gather about a hundred people, give a stirring speech, remind them about their duty and leave and he alone gave 327 speeches and turned thousands of people into revolutionaries.

Surya Sen

He was a teacher in the National School in Chittagong which led to him popularly being known as ‘Master Da’

He was one of the few leaders, who had the vision to inspire and train women like Beena Das and Mamta Das in revolutionary work.

He and his partymen were successful in occupying the two main armouries in Chittagong, destruction of telephone and telegraph systems and dislocation of railway communication between Chittagong and the rest of Bengal.

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