An ode to the unsung revolutionaries of the Indian freedom movement on the occasion of the 66th Independence day.
Indian Independence movement is studded with contribution of many sparkling individuals who laid down their lives for the cause of their homeland. This video is our homage to a few of them who remain just footnotes in history but deserve a lot more.
1) MANGAL PANDEY (1827-1857):
The "Original Rebel"! The man who started it all, the first revolutionary credited with igniting the fire that led to the First Indian War of Independence in 1857.
2) TANTIA TOPE (1814-1859):
The Great Maratha Leader who forced the mighty General Windham to retreat from Kanpur in 1857. He resisted the British for one full year before being betrayed by his trusted friend, Man Singh, and was martyred on 18th April 1859.
3) RANI LAKSHMI BAI (1835-1858)
The fearless Woman Warrior who rode into battle with her son tied to her back and became the symbol of the First Indian War of Independence.
4) NANA SAHIB (1824-1857)
The rebel Peshwa leader who played a major role in two major massacres of British troops and civilians.
5) BIRSA MUNDA (1875-1900)
The earliest tribal leader behind the Millenarian movement that rose in the tribal belt of modern day Bihar and Jharkhand. He was revered as a folk hero and a man of GOD.
6) MADAN LAL DHINGRA (1883-1909)
A revolutionary freedom fighter who assassinated Sir William Hutt Curzon Wyllie in England, in what is hailed as one of the first acts of revolution in Indian Independence movement.
7) KHUDIRAM BOSE (1889-1908)
The hero, who hurled the first bomb on the British. He became a martyr at the tender age of 19, but not before leaving his mark on thousands of revolutionaries to follow.
8) ALLURI SITARAMA RAJU (1897-1924)
The first South Indian tribal leader to take the British head on, Alluri was referred to as "Manyam Veerudu" or ("Hero of the Jungles") by the local people.
9) RASH BIHAR BOSE (1886-1945)
Hailed as the "Greatest Indian Revolutionary", Rash Behari Bose was the founding father of the Azad Hind Fauj that was led by Subhash Chandra Bose later.
10) UDHAM SINGH ( 1899-1940)
Udham Singh was a revolutionary best known for assassinating Michael O'Dwyer in retaliation to the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.
11) RAM PRASAD BISMIL (1897-1927)
Ram Prasad Bismil was an Indian revolutionary who participated in Mainpuri and Kakori train robbery and is credited with penning the legendary song "Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna".
12) CHANDRASEKHAR AZAD (1906-1931)
Chandrasekhar Azad or simply "Azad", meaning liberated, was the most important revolutionaries who reorganized the Hindustan Republican Association. He is considered to be the mentor of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
13) RAJ GURU (1908-1931)
A colleague of Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev who took part in the murder of British police officer J.P. Saunders in 1928. He was hanged along with the above two luminaries on March 23rd, 1931.
14) SUKHDEV (1907-1931)
Sukhdev Thapar was the accomplice of Bhagat Singh and Rajguru in the murder of J.P. Saunders in response to the death of Lala Lajpat Rai.
15) BHAGAT SINGH (1907-1931)
Bhagat Singh was an Indian nationalist considered to be the most influential revolutionary in the Indian Independence movement. He is referred to as "Shaheed Bhagat Singh", the word Shaheed meaning "martyr".
He, along with Batukeshwar Dutt, threw two bombs and leaflets inside the Central Legislative Assembly while shouting slogans of "Inquilab Zindabad".