India is a country with rich history and diversity. We have fought for our freedom for many centuries, and many great leaders have a significant contribution to our current state. They have not only fought in battlegrounds but have also revolutionized the way of thinking of many people.
We, as citizens of India, should remember and pay tribute to these courageous leaders so that their contributions are honored in the present and future. The Last Journey pays tribute to these freedom fighters –
- Mahatma Gandhi.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was a crucial leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Born and raised in a Hindu family in Gujrat, he was a lawyer and an anti-colonial nationalist. Popularly known as Bapu in India, he wore the traditional Indian Dhoti and shawl, handwoven on Charkha. In 1930, Gandhi led the Indians in challenging the British Imposed Salt tax with the 400km Dandi Salt march. His birthday is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti on the 2nd of October. He is famous for his non-violence ideologies.
2. Bhagat Singh.
Bhagat Singh (1907 – 23 March 1931) was an Indian social revolutionist whose acts of violence against the British, followed by his execution, made him a hero. He was involved in revolutionary activities against the British Raj. It was when Lala Lajpat Rai was killed by the police, that Bhagat Singh wanted revenge and got involved in the murder of a British police officer. His legacy prompted youth in India to keep fighting for independence.
3. Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
Bal Gangadhar Tilak (23 July 1856 – 1 August 1920) was an Indian nationalist and an independence activist. Being the first leader of the Indian Independence Movement, he was given the title of “Lokmanya” which means accepted by people as their leader. He is known for strongly advocating “Swaraj” (Self Rule).
4. Jawaharlal Nehru.
Jawaharlal Nehru (14 November 1889 – 27 May 1964) was the first prime minister of India and an Indian Independence Activist. He was a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, and the Inner Temple, where he trained to be a barrister. Upon his return to India, he took an interest in Nation Politics. Under his leadership, congress emerged as a dominating party and won consecutive elections.
5. Bhimrao Ambedkar.
Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar (14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956) was an Indian jurist, economist, politician, and social reformer. He was India’s first Minister of Law and Justice and the primary architect of the Constitution of India. His campaigns against social discrimination towards the untouchables (Dalits) had a huge impact. Later he became involved in campaigning and negotiations for India’s independence, publishing journals, and advocating political rights.