Thursday 15 October 2009

An unsung Revolutionary for Freedom of India

Have you heard/read of Gadar party in any corner of boring mugged up history books of school days? Or in any small column of a news paper?

Well, I am not talking about any of the present political parties.

Here is their advertisement

Remuneration :

Death

Reward :

Martyrdom

Pension :

Freedom

Field of work :

Hindustan

Do you dare to join it?

It was the party whose activities shook the mighty British during First World War. The man behind this courageous and amazing activity was Lala Haradayal. Yesterday it was his 125th birthday. A dedicated soldier of Freedom of India. Link. Yet we fail at least to remember and recall. More worrying is only few know about this great son of Bharat who had chosen the path of struggle for freedom leaving the lavish life aside.

Young Lala Hardayal who went to London for higher studies and then to become ICS (Same Like IAS/IPS) had left path of easy going life and started living for the cause of freedom of India. He then form a group of revolutionaries and started a party called "Gadar Party".

Excerps from Link

"The party was built around the weekly paper The Ghadar, which carried the caption on the masthead: Angrezi Raj Ka Dushman (an enemy of the British rule). "Wanted brave soldiers", the Ghadar declared, "to stir up rebellion in India. Pay-death; Price-martyrdom; Pension-liberty; Field of battle-India". The ideology of the party was strongly secular. In the words of Sohan Singh Bhakna, who later became a major peasant leader of the Punjab: "We were not Sikhs or Punjabis. Our religion was patriotism". The first issue of The Ghadar, was published from San Francisco on November 1, 1913."

Gadar Party was first of its kind to start armed war against Britishers in foreign land.

Here are some of the links of knowledge of great effort this party towards struggle of freedom.

Gaddar Party/Movement

Ghadar Party

Understanding revolutionary idol Lala Hardayal

Gadar Party- Indian Revolutionary Organisation

I hardly remember these inspiring stories being mentioned in any of so called history books that I have studied in my school days. My question to those who prepare the history books are

What made you to believe that the stories of such sacrificing great revolutionaries are not worthy compare to glory of Moguls and Britishers?

Why are trying to impose the thought that Gandhian principles only gave freedom India hiding the whole set of facts?

How dare are you to scrap the though of revolution and armed struggle against Britishers which had also great effort in making Britishers to move out of India?

Do you have the real spirit of a unbiased historian?

All these stories of works of these great men shows us the one thing i.e. war for freedom was not a short story starting and ending with Gandhi, Ahimsa and Congress alone. It is very long story ever in the world of struggle for freedom of many organisations, parties and great revolutionary ideas and people behind it.

In total our freedom does not come for free. Let us not take things for granted, at least when it matters the nation.

Vande Mataram

Friday 2 October 2009

2nd October: Not another Hoilday

Today is the 2nd October, a long waited holiday! Yet since it is one of the days in which we try to pretend to be nationalist by talking something of freedom struggle from our lost memory. And this day is most popularly known as Gandhi Jayanthi. But many people did not know the fact that this day is also gave one more great son to our nation Lal Bahadur Shastri on 1904. Isn't it feeling guilty in some part of heart?

The life of Shastriji itself is inspiring,motivating one. Brought up as an orphan he manages to excel everywhere by his great values and unshakable determinant adherence to it. And in Kashi Vidyapeeth he was senior of Chandrashekhar Azad

The Short yet with highest value of selflessness and self respect is the kind of person Shastriji was. The only prime minister who lived in a rented house. Add to that when he become Home minister he didn't had better clothes to wear! He borrowed from Nehru!! Second Prime Minister of India who has given the nara "Jai Jawan Jai Kisan" the heart beat of Modern India's growth in simple words.

This Excerpts from The Hindu Article touches the heart and shows how pure and determinant was Shastriji.

"Once when Shastri was in jail, he received the news that his daughter fell ill. He requested the jailer to release him on parole to attend to his daughter. The jailer granted him 15 days parole.

On reaching home, he learnt that his daughter had died. He performed the last rites of his daughter and told his family members that he was going back to the jail. When they reminded him that he was granted 15 days parole, he said, "That was to attend to my sick daughter. But when she is no more, there is no reason for me to take leave."

After Independence and during his Prime Ministership when Pakistani army guided by Ayub Khan entered Kashmir in 1961 to capture it Shastriji replied back saying "Ham hatyoronka javab hatyaronse denge". It was worse food crisis time and USA stopped supplying the wheat (low quality though!) because of not letting it to intervene the war. But Shastriji in a speech in Delhi asked countrymen to do upavas (Fasting) on Monday to save the food. It is the selfless highly moral Shastriji's personality that made whole nation united to cut the food consumption on Monday. Even the hotels were kept closed!! Such was iron man Shastriji !!

Here are some of links which I found read worthy.

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Link3

Mystery in Death of Lal Bahadur Shastri

In the present era of politics where ethics, moral values were just thrown away due to "impracticality"the Shastriji's life stands as role model.Today we see we failed to keep his words "Hail to Soldiers Hail to Farmers" so now we are in a situation of threat both in terms of internal and external security as well as food security, threat to the very basic needs to enjoy the freedom!!

But we continue to be ignorant, continue to be under mask of foolish non-violence where we have to pray everyday not to be a victim of any bomb blast! or feeling lucky enough of not living in Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh and other north-east states. We are not worried of issues of Army men because they are not part of our "civilised society" where some stupid reality shows are watched to track every snitch of show-off celebrities.

We are not going to protest for farmers who are loosing their land as well as livelihood in the name of development, they are loosing crops, not getting fair rates for their yield. Who is going to the farmers to give him valuable information on recent researches and development in agriculture? Everyone is satisfied or correctly trying to get satisfied in a 2BHK house in a city.

All these ignorance will going to make our life hell soon. It has already begun. Every other week we hear incursion in LOC in Kashmir by Pakistanis, LAC in North East region by Chinese. Several great jawans are becoming victims of our silent and "non-violence"whose bravery was diminished. 26/11 exposed how vulnerable every Indian is.

Food rates are reaching sky but at the same time farmers suicide continues. The black market techniques of MNCs and Malls are known to everyone but still who wants to bother to it? This year rain ruined everything that comes out from earth to make our food. Who is worrying about farmers who can not able to get daily bread even though we get paying high for"imported" Brand Food?

We have to wake up.Today is 105th Birth Anniversary of Shastriji. This holiday is not meant for some weekend masthi, party but is for us to get ideals from the person who built our nation to be the part of building Great Self-Reliable Strong Bharat.

Vande Mataram