Why is 31st July important? #Thread

"He is a mad man" - said Gandhi !

"His act was a senseless deed" - said Nehru !

"We condemn his act of terror and apologise and hope we are not punished for it" - - resolution passed by Congress!
He was Shaheed #UdhamSingh and the senseless deed he did was that he killed Michael Dwyer.

Michael was the monster who massacred 1526 innocent unarmed peaceful Indians in Jalian wala Bagh in 1919
Udham Singh was 19 year old volunteer who was serving water to the 20,000 people gathered in the garden on festival of Baisakhi

They were brutally massacred by Gen Dwyer & Udham was live witness to it

He wanted to avenge the brutality & get some sense of justice to the martyrs
British Govt didn’t take any action

Congress couldn't get British to act on Dwyer

So Dwyer happily retired to England and lead a peaceful rich life.

Meanwhile, Udham Singh joined Gadhar Party and fought for freedom
He was jailed for 5 years and there he was inspired by death and martyrdom of #BhagatSingh who wanted to take action on Dwyer

After release, he escaped from India through Kashmir. He went to Germany and then to London

He joined as engineer and pursued Dwyer for 6 years
Procured a gun, learnt shooting & then found that on 13, March, 1940 Dwyer was speaking in Caxton hall, London

Hid gun in a carved place in a book

Sat in front row & shot two bullets into heart and lung of Dwyer(died instantly)

He didn’t escape. He bravely courted arrest
He told these words to the judge:

"I did it because I had a grudge against him

He deserved it

He was the real culprit

He wanted to crush the spirit of my people, so I have crushed him

For full 21 years, I have been trying to seek vengeance"
"I am happy that I have done the job

Am not scared of death

Am dying for my country

Have seen my people starving in India under the British rule

Have protested against this, was my duty

What greater honour could be bestowed on me than death for the sake of my motherland?”
He was sentenced to death in the court

Fasted for 42 days in the jail

Brutally tortured and hanged on July 31, 1940

Meanwhile in India, Gandhi and Nehru abused him for making #British angry and they forced congress to pass a resolution against killing of Dwyer
They were very busy those days helping british recruit Indian soldiers for World War - II and they didn’t want Punjab to get upset with British

This is our great freedom fighting party which condemned killing of a monster like Dwyer who massacred 1526 people in Punjab.
Udham ji was buried in London & like other freedom fighter's, was forgotten

Mayawati named a District in Uttarakhand after him in 1995, perhaps the only good deed she did!

In 1974 his remains were exhumed, brought to Bharat & cremated

His ashes are in urn in Jalian Wala Bagh
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