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‘Gandhism’ according to Roy was dangerous because “on the strength of one man’s personality, India was falsely construed as a pure cultural entity”.


The readers will judge why I used these words once you finish reading
this thread/post.

In 1938, the hosts at Wadia House, Bombay were taken aback to see #Roy coming to the breakfast table in white Dhoti-Kurta in true Bengali Style who preferred to wear suits shirts & trousers.
Noticing the puzzled look he said, I'M GOING TO PAY MY RESPECTS TO

#ManabendranathRoy, the founder of #CommunistPartyofIndia added, I'm sure the Old Man will be pleased to see me dressed as a full fledged Indian rather than as Westernized Revolutionary.
Having said that MN Roy went to meet Veer Savarkar & BOWED TO HIS FEET.
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Born on this day, January 24th 1877, Pulin since childhood was deeply influenced by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee...

It was September 1906, Bipin Chandra Pal & Pramatha Nath Mitra were touring Bengal looking for Activists for their Anushilan Samithi.

During a public speech,
Pramatha Nath asked for volunteers who has the will to sacrifice their life for Bharat.

A Man Stepped Forward, He Was

#PulenBihariDas, not only he volunteered, but also he established Dhaka Anushilan Samiti.

By 1906, he was an expert in Fencing & Lathial, in a short span of
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An upcoming biopic featuring #SaraAliKhan will tell the incredible story of unsung freedom fighter #UshaMehta.

#AeWatanMereWatan #FreedomFighter #Biopic #ForgottenHeroes #WomenInHistory #history
Born on March 25, 1920, in Saras, Gujarat, Usha was just 22 when she helped establish the underground station Congress Radio, which amplified #MahatmaGandhi’s message of rebellion.
After the clarion call to #QuitIndiaMovement was blown on 9 August 1942, a young Usha told her father that her education would have to wait and left her home to contribute to the freedom movement.

For a fortnight, there was no knowledge of her whereabouts.
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On his Janmadivas, let's remember

He had written to his cousin Hukam Singh from the jail, "The life of a man is the best creation of God and I have proved this by sacrificing it for cause of its creator. I am the first man of my native village Nabada who
has glorified all of you my brothers and sisters. Why to repent for this mortal human body, it was to be finished any day. I am happy that I could devote more and more time to meditate in the last moments. I know the man who dies in the way of his duty or Dharma gets salvation
for ever. You need not worry for my death. I am going to sleep peacefully in the lap of God."

Roshan Singh (22 January 1892, Shahjahanpur district - 19 December 1927, Allahabad) was a Bharatiya krantikari who was previously sentenced in the Bareilly shooting case during
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He was hanged 2 months before his 20th birthday....
And Hemu Kalani, carried Bhagavad Geeta with him to the gallows.

This is the funeral photo of one of the youngest revolutionaries executed for fighting for Indian independence.

He stated to the police and the court that if
the British rulers could justify putting down the independence movement by force of weapons and armaments, then he, was totally right for endeavouring to eradicate these same weapons and armaments.

Hemu was born in the Sindhi city of Sukkur in united India on March 23, 1923.
In his youth, Hemu admired the engagements of his uncle, Dr Mangharam Kalani, who was a famous Congress elder in Sukkur and a veteran of the anti-colonial struggle. He became a member of the ‘Swaraj Sena’ (a youth organization) and was elected its figurehead after being
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History tells us about Mangal Pandey, but not #ChakkiKuntia, the priest for the Hindu Sepoys who rebelled against British in the war of 1857...

Isn't it surprising to know that this priest belonged to Puri Jagannath Mandir?

Does anybody knows that, he was the family priest or
Panda of Meropanth, the father of Manubai/Manikarnika who was renamed Laxmibai after her marriage to Gangadhar Rao, the king of Jhansi.

Chakhi Khuntia was born on the eve of the sacred Shamba Dasami in Puri in the year 1827. His father, Raghunath Khuntia, was a devotee of
Bhagwan Jagannath. He named his son Chandan Hajuri, after the sandal paste (Chandan) with which he used to dress the Bhagwan at the moment of his birth.

His mother was Kamalabati. After early education in his village, he learned Sanskrit from Pandit Harihar Brahma.
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He asked the PM if two different Nehrus reside in him—the idealist of 1926, who was moved to tears by the plight of the British working class or the PM of 1960, unmoved by the tearful appeals of his own employees.

Story of an Unsung MP, Barrister Nath Pai (1922-1971) ImageImageImage
whose research-backed speeches shook Nehru.

Pai may not be a name read too often in history books, but in parts of Maharashtra, especially the Konkan region comprising Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg, his loss is still mourned by people. He is widely hailed as the man who championed
the cause of the Konkan railway, who toiled to ensure facilities such as roads and post-offices in the remote areas of the region, and who brought attention to his Lok Sabha constituency with his dazzling debates and arguments inside Parliament.

Born on September 25, 1922 at
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SHASHIBHUSHAN RAYCHAUDHARI – The ACHARYA who laid foundation for Revolution against British in Bengal.
As usual, another Unsung Hero in India but a LEGEND if born in any other country.
Shashida was born on 8 January 1863 at Barrackpore, West Bengal.
1 Shashida had opened a traditional primary school of the Pathshala style, to give secular education to children of indigent families, usually looked after by zealous Christian preachers.
2 Shashida created evening classes for adults and, in addition to rudiments of Bengali,
history and mathematics, he invited competent collaborators to initiate them to weaving, agriculture including growing silk-worms, and cottage industry.
By 1880, Shashida got admitted to Metropolitan Institute which had eminent personalities like Ishwara Chandra Vidyasagar,
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The first Ghadarite who was hanged outside Bharat - Tributes to #SohanLalPathak on his Jayanti.

Pathak was born on 7 Jan 1883, in Amritsar.
His father’s name was Pandit Chanda Ram. Sohan was a deserving student who received numerous scholarships & awards at his high school.
However, his family's financial situation forced him to drop out of middle school and pursue a job with the Irrigation Department as Beldar.

He left this job after a short time and enrolled in a Teacher Training School in Lahore. He began working as a school teacher after
finishing his course. In 1901, he got married to Laksmi Devi.
Pathak was influenced by rising nationalistic feelings while still in Lahore. Lala Lajpat Rai had a significant influence on him. He quit his school job to work for Lajpat Rai's Urdu newspaper Bande Matram.
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Before JRD Tata, there was a legendary aviator and his name was Sri Rama Venkata Subba Setty.

Know more about Bharat’s Modern Day Aviator forgotten by Left’s Distronics.

S.V. Setty, was born on Dec 28, 1879 into a family of meagre resources. After his early
education in Mysore, he graduated from Madras University.

Later, at Thomson College of Eng, Roorkee, he distinguished himself taking first place. He joined Mysore State service in 1906 as Assistant Engineer. In 1909, he won a scholarship for an electrical engineering diploma
from Faraday House, England, where he later gained practical experience through stints in engineering companies.
Setty was determined not to return to India without learning aeronautics. However, he was financially insecure since the Mysore government refused to extend his
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The self-styled social justice intellectuals and parties do not want an India without castes, they want castes without Dharma. This may be profitable to some in the short run but it is suicidal for all in the long run. –

Ram Swarup (12 Oct 1920 - 26 Dec 1998) ImageImageImageImage
was a Sankhya philosopher, yogi & Guru of historian Sita Ram Goel. Together they established the #VoiceOfIndia in New Delhi, to give Hindu intellectuals a voice when the mainstream media refused to give them any time or space.
To know what kind of Intellectual Giant he was,
I’m rewriting what he wrote to The Indian Express, on 13 September 1996. Please do read.
Today casteism is rampant. It is a new phenomenon. Old India had castes but no casteism. In its present form, casteism is a construct of colonial period, a product of imperial policies and
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#SwamiShraddhanand – The Sanyasi who was murdered for doing Gharwapsi.

In 1922, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar famously called Swami Shraddhanand “the greatest and most sincere champion of the Untouchables”.

In Indian history, this honorific title Great Soul (Mahatma) is bestowed
upon Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi as ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi. Most historical texts characterize him as an angelic, saintly statesman who could do no wrong.
But, in reality, there was one Mahatma whose name has all but been erased in Indian history textbooks. He was ‘Mahatma Munshiram’
more famously known as Swami Shraddhanand. For long, the Swami has been portrayed by historians as just a ‘Hindu’ revivalist. But if one goes through the story of his life one will find him to be a living portrait of bravery and sacrifice.
Swami Shraddhanand’s Shuddhi mission
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It was Dec 12, 1930, Mumbai.

A freedom fighter, #BabuGenuSaid
inspired by Gandhi's Ahimsa, staged a protest against the transport of a truck carrying foreign-made cloth through the Kalbadevi area.

Babu was an illiterate cotton mill worker & labour unionist,
who bought into Gandhi’s vision of Swadeshi and made it his life’s work to defeat the forces of economic colonialism, using non-violent means.

On this day in 1932, George Frazier, a cloth merchant from Manchester, who owned the consignment of foreign-made clothes, was afforded
protection by the British police.

Babu dared British & stood in front of the truck shouting Gandhi's name, the Bharatiya truck driver refused to move the vehicle on him saying he can't kill his brother, this irritated the British Officer who took the steering in his hands.
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#SubramanyaBharati – The Warrior Poet.

A R Venkatachalapathy in his book “Who Owns That Song” compares Subramania Bharati with Tagore, and he writes…
Why is Subramania Bharati not as well-known as Rabindranath Tagore?
The Nobel Prize? Part of the answer but not the whole.
A R V gives a most meaningful illustration about Bharati, he says Bharati’s life was short. Of his thirty-nine years, over ten were spent in exile in Pondicherry to escape the British Indian police. At a time when Tagore was being feted, Bharati was pleading with the governor
of Madras for justice. If the crowds at the time of Tagore’s death caused near riots, Bharati’s funeral procession drew eleven persons and there was a confusion over who would light the pyre.

Mahakavi Bharathiyar is considered to be one of the greatest Tamil poets of the
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Benoy Badal Dinesh: The Story of Three Brave Boys Who Took The Battle to the British!
It was the 8th of December 1930. The Writer’s Building in Kolkata, the administrative nerve centre of the city, was buzzing with activity as usual.
British officers, and Bengali clerks, ImageImage
were doing their regular business. It was then that three men shattered the silence, with a deafening roar that would echo through the ages.
The three men, Benoy, Badal and Dinesh Chandra Gupta, were influenced by revolutionary activities and had decided to take matters into
their own hands.
Benoy Krishna Basu was born on 11th September 1908, in the village of Rohitbhog in Munshiganj district, now in Bangladesh. After passing the matriculation exam, he enrolled in the Sir Salimullah Medical College (erstwhile Mitford Medical School). Influenced by
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Let’s read the story of a Fighter, who according to British and Nehru Government was
“Highly Dangerous Individual”.

Today is the jayanti of
Long Forgotten Freedom Fighter

Born on 7th November 1884 at Wardha, Maharashtra, was
inspired by Bala Gangadhar Tilak in joining freedom struggle.

In 1900s he went for United States for higher education and joined Washington University and in
1908, along with Pandit Kanshiram at Oregon he founded Indian Independence League.

Few years down the line, little
before World war 1, Khankoje met Taraknath Das, Lala Hardayal and this meeting lead them to start “Pacific Coast Hindustan Association” and eventually this association became Gadar_Party.

The WW1 saw him actively participating in IndoGerman Conspiracy propagating Gadar
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At one time, his clothes were tailored and washed in Paris and he maintained a permanent laundry in Paris to ship his clothes to Calcutta. He sacrificed all this luxury when he became attached to the Freedom Movement.
For long, it was said that MKG ImageImage
propagated the idea of Village Development and Cottage Industries...but the truth?
It was 1917 and in the Calcutta session, #DeshbandhuChittaranjanDas, put forward a plan for village reconstruction, which was to entail steps such as establishment of local self-government,
co-operative credit societies as well as re-starting the cottage industry.
Das was born on 5 November 1870 in Calcutta, completed his graduation from Presidency College in 1890. The same year, he went to England to qualify for the ICS, which was dominated by the British.
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Upavasa Satyagraha!
The first thing you get in mind after reading it is, Gandhi.
That's what the textbooks gave for us, but...
Ever heard about a freedom fighter who passed away in Lahore Jail after a
63 Day Hunger Strike ???
Today's the Jayanti of
just 24 when he sacrificed his life.
Member of Anushilan Samithi, learnt the art of bomb making from Sachindranath Sanyal and became an accomplice of Bhagath Singh.
His first stint of Hunger Strike was at Mymansingh Jail where he went without food for 20 days until the Jail
Superintendent Apologised for harsh treatment of Political Prisoners.
For most of us it's highly impossible to stay without food for 24 hours, maximum another 6 hours, but here was a man who lived without food for nearly 1,500 Hours to ensure the Political Prisoners &
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He was an ardent Gandhian who wanted Hindu-Muslim Unity only to get Slaughtered by Ms.

Read the story of #GaneshShankarVidyarthi – The Journalist Freedom Fighter.

Ganesh Shankar was his birth name and he adopted the pen-name 'Vidyarthi' – the seeker of knowledge. ImageImageImage
Ganesh Shankar was born on 26-Oct-1890 at Prayagraj & had his private education from his father and joined school when he was 12.
Poverty made him to leave studies after matriculation and join a job as clerk….meanwhile the fiery articles at Swarajya and Karmayogi attracted him.
After working with couple of newspapers and magazines, in 1913, Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi started #Pratap, his famous revolutionary weekly, which identified itself with the cause of the oppressed wherever they might be.
The Popularity & Circulation of Pratap increased day by day.
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To the world, the White Revolution was flagged off by the person known as the ‘Milkman of India’. He is seen as the ‘brain behind Operation Flood’ – the chief architect, who made India the largest milk producer in the world. But, a little-known fact is that
is actually the person behind this movement, who started it all.
In fact, it was the brilliant pairing of Tribhuvandas Patel, Verghese Kurien and H M Dalaya that rewrote history for Bharat.
In Anand, it was said that if Patel was the Father of Amul, Kurien was the Son, and
Dalaya the Holy Ghost.
Born Tribhuvandas Kishibhai Patel (22 October 1903 - 3 June 1994) in Anand, Tribhuvandas founded the original Kheda dairy cooperative in 1946 that went on to become one of India's leading dairy brand — Amul.
When he was young, Tribhuvandas came under the
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Today is the Jayanti of #PunditNainSinghRawat.

According to studies and his diaries, Pundit Nain Singh trekked more than 16000 kms

HJ/72/2 Pundit Nain Singh Rawat : Explorer Extraordinaire…
before joining the Survey Department, and as a surveyor he trekked more than 26000 kms. He discovered more than a 100 places, many rivers and lakes, mines and monasteries.

The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) of London honoured him, he was awarded the title of CIE.
The colonial rulers might not have wanted to make him a hero of Himalayan and trans-Himalayan explorations but it was hard for them to avoid acknowledging his contributions. Persons like Henry Yule advocated his case in the RGS by describing him as ‘Pundit of Pundits’,
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He could've become Multi Billionaire for his invention, the life saving ORS,
but he didn't file for a Patent.

With his treatment, the Case Fatality Ratio in the Refugee Camps came down to 3 from 3.3

Despite this, treatment was met with skepticism from the
scientific community with many journals refusing to publish his original paper, it would take 7 more years for oral rehydration therapy to be accepted as a good treatment for dehydration from diarrhea and other diseases.

Dr Dilip Mahalanabis was working in overflowing refugee
camps during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation war when he came up with ORS, which The Lancet called “the most important medical discovery of the 20th century.’’

From his research, Dr Mahalanabis knew that a solution of sugar and salt, which would increase water absorption by the
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Delivered for 10 hours non-stop, Bhulabhai Desai's stirring defense of three #INA soldiers under trial had a profound impact on India's struggle for independence.
MKG was such a shameless creature that, when Desai was on his death bed, he went to meet him &
did not speak a single word citing his "Maunavrata".
Thanks to Teesta Setalvad’s grandfather, Chaman Lal, he extensively wrote how Gandhi and Congress let down a great patriot.

When he met the 3 INA Soldiers, he told them "I am your defence councel, either you will be saved or
meeting the sentence but we will not compromise the ideals for which Netaji and your army stood for".

Desai’s Argument - The position now is that international law has reached this stage that if liberty and democracy are to have any meaning all over the world, and not merely
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#BhupendraKumarDutta – In all his life, Bhupendra never took rest, from childhood till his death, he was fighting – for his people, for his country, the only difference is, he fought twice.

His fight continued even after independence.

His “Upavasa Satyagraha” for 78 days,
was the longest ever period of hunger strike in any country.

There’s a meaning if British forget, but when our own people erase these legends from our history?

This man’s story is truly gut wrenching, fights for freedom & sees the country divide into 3, settles in today’s
Bangladesh to protect Hindus, finally comes to Bharat when he looses everything.
Remembering the Forgotten Freedom Fighter on his Jayanti who our Prime Minister remembered while defending CAA in Parliament.
“I want to ask to the Congress leader, have you heard the name of
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