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With Netaji's Jayanti, coming up in couple of days, today happens to be the death anniversary of another great who was associated with him, Rash Behari Bose, the brain behind the entire INA movement, a legend in his own right.
Rash Behari Bose, the brain behind the entire INA movement, revolutionary leader, key player in the Ghadar conspiracy, first Indian to set up a restaurant in Japan, evaded British 17 times, a legend in his own right.
If Netaji came out in the fight as Garibaldi of the INA movement, Rash Behari’s part in the drama was more than that of a Mazzini- Thakin Nu, ex premier of Myanmar.
And that aptly summed up Rash Behari Bose, he was the brains behind the scene, setting up INA from scratch.
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Today while we celebrate the Jayanti of #SwamiVivekananda it is also the Jayanti of another great India, unfortunately not that well known. The Miracle Man of Medicine, Dr. Yellapragada Subbaro, one of the great scientists of the modern era, who made some sterling discoveries.
While most of us would recognize Swami Vivekananda, the name of Yellapragada Subbarow, would certainly not ring a bell for many. But yet if one were to compile a history of medicine, in the world, his name would be right up there along with likes of Fleming and Ross.
Dr Yellapragada Subbarao made some of the most significant discoveries in the field of medicine, yet forget about ordinary people, even in the scientific community, his name is not too well known. And unfortunately for a long time even among Indians too.
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#TodayInHistory Swami Shradhananda one of the great freedom fighters, thinkers, who conducted the first Ghar Wapsi, is assassinated by a Muslim radical in 1926. #LestWeForget
Shraddhananda's real name was Munshi Ram Vij. It is ironical though, that his early life showed no signs of greatness to come. He was an atheist, got addicted to gambling, drinking, lust.
His father Nanakchand was a top ranking police officer, and that meant the family was constantly on the move. His atheist beliefs were borne out of his own bitter experiences. Munshi Ram,even tried converting to Christianity and Islam, but he soon grew disillusioned.
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Remembering Srinivasa Ramanujan the Man who knew Infinity, one of the most brilliant mathematicians of the 20th century, one of the great Indians of the modern era, a genius par excellence, a prodigal talent on his Jayanti. #NationalMathematicsDay
The world of mathematics owes a great debt to India , because this is the land from which the basic theories of mathematics have originated. Aryabhatta who contributed the number-place value system and the concept of zero, as well as calculating the area of the triangle.
Bhaskara who came up the concept of the decimal system. Halayudha who provided a clear description of the Pascal’s triangle. And between 1300-1600 AD, we had the Kerala school of Mathematics and Astronomy founded by Madhava of Sangamagrama .
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#TodayInHistory Ashfaqullah Khan, Ram Prasad Bismil and Thakur Roshan Singh, are hanged by the British in 1927 for their involvement in the Kakori conspiracy. #Naman to these heroes who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. #LestWeForgetIndia
Apart from it's famous Gharana, Shahjahanpur was a revolutionary hub during freedom struggle. Most of the revolutionaries in the North, were from this town. And among them, the most famous were two friends, whom destiny would bring together-Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah.
Ashfaqullah Khan was born at the turn of the 20th century on October 22, while Bismil was born 3 years earlier on June 11, in the same town. Both of them were excellent writers in Urdu and Hindi.
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On the occasion of #VijayDiwas sharing details on epic Battle of Basantar, one of the most intense and bloody battles of the 1971 War, lasting for 12 long days, starting on December 4. A battle that had many heroes.
The battle theater was more specifically the Shakargarh Bulge, which is basically a protrusion of Pakistani territory into Indian one. This particular territory was surrounded on all three sides by India, and was strategically important for both the nations.
The road to Jammu from Punjab passed through this area, which meant that Pakistan could cut off access here. Straddling the more fertile Indus river belt, made this area economically important too.
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"The problem of states is so difficult, you alone can solve it”.
Mahatma Gandhi just about summed up #SardarVallabhbhaiPatel .
On his death anniversary, taking a look at the man who integrated 500 princely states into one nation India. #SardarPatel #StatueOfUnity
When one thinks of #SardarVallabhbhaiPatel , there is just so much to the man, that it is well impossible to explore his life in a single thread or post. But if I had to choose one part of his life, it would be the way he integrated, 500 odd princely states, into one nation
Imagine having to deal with multiple mini states, each having their own set of issues, and welding them into one single nation. Add to it, a newly independent India, dealing with the trauma of Partition, Nizam in Hyderabad declaring himself independent, war in Kashmir.
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Today is the Jayanti of Mahakavi Bharatiyar, one of the greatest Tamil writers of modern era, freedom fighter, nationalist, thinker. Who spread nationalism among masses through his works.
Chinnaswami Subramania Bharathi, or better known as Mahakavi Bharatiyar, a writer, a revolutionary, a freedom fighter, a nationalist and thinker. A polyglot fluent in 14 languages, and one of the most prolific writers in Tamil, who wrote on a variety of themes.
One of the pioneers of modern Tamil Literature, who used simple language to reach to the masses, and a metre called Nondi Chinu in most of his works. His proficiency in earned him the title of Bharati, when he was just 11, meaning one blessed by Saraswati Devi.
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Belated tribute to Rao Tula Ram whose Jayanti was yesterday, one of the leaders of the 1857 Revolt against the British from the Rewari region of Haryana. Another of the unsung heroes who gave a tough fight, before escaping to Afghanistan, where he passed away.
If you are from Delhi or had been there, you would have traveled along the Rao Tula Ram Marg from the airport or when going to Gurgaon. You have hospitals, markets and even a university named after him. But not many really know about the man behind the name.
When one speaks of the 1857 Revolt, some of the names that immediately come to mind are Rani of Jhansi, Nana Saheb, Tantia Tope. One such name not so well known, but equally significant is that of Rao Tula Ram, the Ahir leader from Haryana’s Rewari area, who led the uprising.
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Today is the Jayanti of #KhudiramBose one of the youngest martyrs in the history of India's freedom struggle, who was hanged to death at just 19 years of age. His hanging ignited the nation's fury against the British rule, inspired many a revolutionary.
Khudiram Bose, was born on December 3, 1889 in a small village, Habibpur near Midnapore. His father Trailokyanath Basu was the revenue agent for Nadazol province, and Khudiram was the 4th son in a family of 3 daughters.
As he was the only son, two others dying in infancy, his mother Lakshmipriya Devi, as per the prevailing custom, symbolically sold him to her eldest daughter Apurupa for 3 handfuls of “Khud” or foodgrain.
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Yesterday was the death anniversary of Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, a freedom fighter who has not really got his due, and not known much outside of Kerala. But was one of the toughest warriors, and a nightmare to the British, a true legend who deserves to be known more.
Even I did not have much idea about Pazhassi Raja, I knew only through that 2009 Mamoooty movie. And when I read about him more, just realized, this was one hero, about whom we never knew, guy was a legend in his life time.
Just imagine a man who defeated Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and above all Lord Wellesley, yes the same Duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon later at Waterloo. That was Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, the Lion of Kerala, yet beyond Kerala, not many know about him.
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Today is the Jayanti of Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose, one of the great Indian scientists of the modern era. One who came up with the concept of radio much before Marconi did. A true polymath, and a selfless genius who gave his all for India.
To call J.C.Bose just a scientist, would however be akin to calling, Leonardo Da Vinci a mere painter, this man was a true polymath, whose genius transcended boundaries.
. What do you say of a man who was a physicist, biologist, and has been named by IEEE as one of the fathers of radio science. A man who was not just a scientist, who discovered that plants too could have feelings, but also wrote science fiction in Bengali.
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Today is the death anniversary of JRD Tata, aviator, businessman, visionary, a builder of modern India.Born in Paris, to Ratan Tata and his French wife Suzanne, he grew up primarily in France, where he spent his childhood.
JRD Tata also served for some time in the Spahis regiment during WWII, and just missed a disastrous campaign that saw it wiped out. He renounced his French citizenship in 1929, and joined the Tata Company at the insistence of his father
JRD's main interest though was flying, and the French aviator Louis Bleriot, was one of his inspirations.He became the first Indian to get a pilot's license, also founded India's first commercial airline in 1932.
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Today is the Jayanti of Lachit Borphukan, the great Ahom General who beat back the mighty Mughal Army at the Battle of Saraighat, put a check to Aurangzeb's plans of expanding the Mughal Empire to Assam. His Jayanti is celebrated as Lachit Divas today.
While a lot is known about the Marathas, and the valor of Shivaji, not much is really known about the Ahoms, and their spirited resistance to the Mughals. From 1615 when the Mughal Army attacked the Ahom Kingdom to the Battle of Itakhuli in 1682 that saw a decisive Ahom victory.
The animosity between the Ahoms and the Mughal empire went long back, one of the primary factors being their alliance with their rival Koch Behar kingdom. Another factor was the aggressive Mughal imperialism, that sought to expand it’s territory into the North East.
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#TodayInHistory Lala Lajpat Rai passes away from the wounds he received after being brutally lathicharged in 1928. One of the Lal-Bal-Pal trio, founder of DAV, a towering icon of the freedom struggle, an inspiration to other nationalists, a man who stood up for Hindus.
Lala Lajpat Rai, was born to an Urdu teacher, Lala Radha Kishan and Gulab Devi , in a tiny village called Dhudika, in the Ferozepur district of Punjab, on the 28th of January, 1865. Into a family that valued, freedom and self-respect, values he imbibed growing up.
Growing up amidst poverty, Lajpat Rai, nevertheless managed to complete his education, studying law at Govt. College, Lahore. The stint at Lahore’s Govt College, was what shaped his value system too.
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Today is the Jayanti of Birsa Munda, the Adivasi leader who led an armed resistance against the British, in Jharkhand. The only Adivasi leader whose portrait hangs in Parliament Central Hall and whose Jayanti is celebrated as Jharkhand Day too. #BirsaMunda #JharkhandDay
One of the more ignored aspects of the Indian freedom struggle has been the various tribal revolts that broke out against the British rule. Adivasis were prohibited from cutting trees for firewood, their traditional Podu cultivation was banned and exploited by contractors.
Many protests broke out in the Adivasi areas of Eastern India, notably Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Western Odisha, Bengal, one of the more famous one was that of Birsa Munda in Jharkhand. Another one was led by Alluri Sitarama Raju in Andhra Pradesh Manyam region.
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Today is the Punya Thithi of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, aka Mahamana, founder of Benares Hindu University, nationalist, freedom fighter, thinker, social reformer. One of the greatest Indians of the modern era, and a towering personality.
It's said that Madan Mohan's father Pandit Vrajnath, a pious but poor Brahmin, prayed to God
Grant me a son, the equal of whom has not been born, nor shall be born.
And he was granted with such a son for sure.
His ancestors, had migrated long back from the Malwa region in Madhya Pradesh. Their real surname was Chaturvedi, but due to their region of origin, they adopted the surname of Malaviya.
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Today is the Jayanti of Bipin Chandra Pal, freedom fighter, one of the Lal-Bal-Pal trio, great writer, thinker. One of the few who dared to take on Gandhiji on the Khilafat issue, reason why he ended up marginalized by academia and never got his due.
Bipin Chandra Pal, one of the members of the Lal-Bal-Pal trio in Congress, others being Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Lala Lajpat Rai. A nationalist, writer and thinker, and above all, a man who was uncompromisingly independent in his views.
Bipin Chandra Pal was born on November 7, 1858, in a small village, near to Habibganj in Sylhet division( now in Bangladesh). His father was a leading lawyer, and came from a well to do Zamindari family.
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Today is the Jayanti of Vasudev Balwant Phadke, often regarded as the father of armed revolt in India, who led an armed uprising against the British, post 1857, mobilizing lower peasant communities in Maharashtra. A hero of whom not much is known.
Phadke's exploits against the British, were the reference for Bankim Chandra Chatterjee's epic novel, Anand Math. A Chitpavan Brahmin from Konkan, who rallied the lower peasant communities like Kolis, Dhangars, Bhils against the British rule. At one stage occupied Pune too.
Vasudev Balwant Phadke was born in the coastal Konkan village of Shirdhon, in Raigad district, on November 4, 1845. He showed no interest in regular school education, and preferred to learn wrestling, horse riding. This was the home where he was born
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#TodayInHistory Major Somnath Sharma, the first Param Vir Chakra recipient ,would go down in one of the most famous last stands in history protecting the Srinagar airfield from Pakistani raiders during the 1947 War. A true hero.
Major Somnath Sharma, born in the Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh in 1923, came from a family with a military background. His father Major General Amarnath Sharma, was the first director general of Armed Medical Services post Independence.
Growing up with his grandfather Pandit Daulat Ram, he would often listen to the Gita and Krishna’s teaching to Arjun influenced him a lot. His maternal uncle Capt. Krishna Dutt Vasudev, had earlier died in WWII, defending a bridge in Malaya from the Japanese which influenced him
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"The problem of states is so difficult, you alone can solve it”.
Mahatma Gandhi just about summed up #SardarVallabhbhaiPatel .
On his Jayanti, taking a look at the man who integrated 500 princely states into one nation India. #SardarPatel #StatueOfUnity #NationalUnityDay
When one thinks of #SardarVallabhbhaiPatel , there is just so much to the man, that it is well impossible to explore his life in a single thread or post. But if I had to choose one part of his life, it would be the way he integrated, 500 odd princely states, into one nation
Imagine having to deal with multiple mini states, each having their own set of issues, and welding them into one single nation. Add to it, a newly independent India, dealing with the trauma of Partition, Nizam in Hyderabad declaring himself independent, war in Kashmir.
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#TodayInHistory Veera Pandya Kattabomman, legendary freedom fighter from TN, was hanged to death by the British from a tamarind tree at Kayathar in 1799. A revolutionary who shook the British with his defiance. A legend in his own right.
Tamil Nadu's Southern part called Pandya Nadu, is known for the valor of it's people, and their resistance to the invaders, be it the Muslim rulers or British later. Land of the Pandyas, some of TN's greatest freedom fighters were from here- Bharatiyar, VOC Pillai, Siva.
Panchalankurichi is a small village located in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district. It gets it’s name from the fact that 5 Pandya chieftains or Pancha Pandyas put up a brave resistance against the Madurai Nayaks in a valley( Kurichi) nearby.
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Belated tribute to Lala Hardayal, co founder of Ghadar Party, associate of Veer Savarkar, whose Jayanti was yesterday. One of the most brilliant minds ever, who inspired a nationalist movement among immigrant Indians in the West.
Lala Hardayal, the man who co founded the Ghadar Party in US, along with Sohan Singh Bhakna. A legend among revolutionaries, one of the key members of India House in London along with Shyamji Krishna Varma, Veer Savarkar and Madame Bhikaji Cama.
A brilliant polymath who turned down a lucrative career in the Civil Services, as he plunged into the revolutionary movement. A leader who inspired many expat Indians in UK, US and Canada to rise against British imperialism. #LalaHardayal
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Today is Jayanti of Arun Khetarpal, the youngest PVC recipient at 21 years, who fought till the end in the epic Battle of Basantar during the 1971 War, a true modern day Abhimanyu. A real hero of whom not much is known.
The Battle of Basantar during the 1971 War, was one of the most intense and hardest fought battles in that conflict. One of the major tank battles post World War II, with both sides sustaining casualties.
Much like the epic Battle of Asal Uttar during the 1965 War, this proved to be a heavy blow for the Pakistani Army, losing 48 Patton tanks in it’s own territory. 2 Param Vir Chakras, 4 Maha Vir Chakras, and 4 Vir Chakras were awarded of which 5 were posthumous.
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