The Indian Independence Movement was the endeavor that ended the East India Company (1757-1858) and the British Raj (1858-1947) in Indian Subcontinent, the movement which spanned 190 years (1757-1947), encompassed activists and idealists, which included Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Rabindranath Tagore, Allama Iqbal, and Kazi Nazrul Islam. Feminists such as Sarojini Naidu and Begum Rokeya, and champions like Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi also took part in this movement.
Their efforts along with countless others led to the present India – free and evolving. They all are now remembered for their great contributions towards freedom. However there was one such revolutionary who deserves a special mention. He is Khudiram Bose, who was a young Bengali revolutionary who was hanged when he was just 18.
Sri Aurobindo’s and Sister Nivedita’s revolutionary speech, when they visited Medinipur and held a series of public lectures, fired up the burning inspiration of revolution within Khudiram, which led to him to become the boy martyr. He targeted government officials and planted bomb near police stations, at the age of sixteen. He was arrested three years later on charges of conducting a series of bomb attacks. The specific bombing which led to his sentence of death was the Muzaffarpur killing which resulted the death of 3 persons.
The trail of Khudiram was just a farce. He was sentenced to death by hanging. The brave young revolutionary’s immediate response was a spontaneous smile. The surprised judge inquired whether Khudiram had any inkling of the situation he was in. Khudiram replied that he surely had. The judge then asked him whether he wanted to say anything. Khudiram with a same cheerful attitude replied that provided with some time, he would impart his bomb-making knowledge with the judge. Khudiram was hanged on 11th August, 1908. On 12th August, 1908, under the headline “Khudiram’s End: Died cheerful and smiling”, the Amrita Bazar Patrika (the era’s one of most prominent dallies) wrote: “Khudiram Bose was executed this morning. It is alleged that he mounted the scaffold with his body erect he was cheerful and smiling.”
Present day individual flinch at the slight hurt. They are quick tempered, unhappy, not driven and possess narcissistic tendencies. In comparison to the brave and strong (for he was unflinching and undaunted even at the prospect of death and rather accepted death smiling) Khudiram, it cannot be helped but to wonder what has caused such a huge and drastic change in the personality and characteristics of a person in just a little more than half a century. While Khudiram cheerfully met his own death, the present individuals get frustrated or irritated at just the simple event of no network coverage for their Wi-Fi. While Khudiram bravely and boldly fought for his country these era’s individuals want to stay safe and turn a blind eye to any wrongs done. Khudiram was devoted to his motherland and its cause but today being driven is a characteristic that can only associated with a handful of people.
The revolutionaries were happy to sacrifice even their lives in their selfless venture to free the country of tyranny, the modern generation is happy only when their self-wishes become reality.
So what has brought about this huge alteration that has turned people into opposites of their own ancestors?
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