India celebrates its 75th Independence Day on August 15. Like every year, the celebration will take place amid multi-layered security arrangements. But this year there will be a mandatory adherence to social distancing and other precautionary measures due to corona virus pandemic. India gained its independence on August 15, 1947 after being under British Raj. Several freedom fighters fought to free the country from British rule. While celebrating the big day let’s remember millions of our freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for our independence. Here are some of the great freedom fighters of India whose courage and patriotism continues to inspire us to work for a prosperous and even stronger India.
Mangal Pandey | Early martyr of the 1857 rebellion. He was a soldier of the British Indian army, but rebelled against his commanders. He was executed on 8 April 1857 in Barrackpore .
Bhagat Singh | An Indian socialist revolutionary known for his acts of dramatic violence against the British. He was executed at age 23, which made him a folk hero of the Indian independence movement.
Rani Lakshmibai | The ruler of Jhansi was one of the leading figures of the Indian rebellion of 1857 and became a symbol of resistance to the British Raj for Indian nationalists.
BR Ambedkar | He was Independent India’s first Minister of Law and Justice and the chief architect of India’s Constitution. Ambedkar also campaigned against issues like social discrimination towards untouchables (dalits) and also supported social rights of women.
Chandra Shekhar Azad | Azad was an Indian revolutionary who reorganised the Hindustan Republican Association (HRA) under its new name of Hindustan Socialist Republican Army (HSRA). When he was arrested for participation in the non-cooperation movement and when produced before the judge he mentioned his name as ‘Azad (free)’, his father’s name as ‘Swatantrata (Independence)’ and ‘Jail’ as his residence.
Subhas Chandra Bose | Founded the Indian Legion and revamped the Indian National Army. Bose is known for his role in India’s Independence movement. He was a participant of non-cooperation movement and a leader of the Indian National Congress. He worked with Jawaharlal Nehru for independence.
Mahatma Gandhi | Father of the Nation, was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.