Chandra Shekhar Azad was paid tribute by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday. The PM said, “My tributes to the great Chandra Shekhar Azad, on his birthday anniversary. A courageous son of Bharat Mata, he sacrificed himself to get freedom from colonialism for his fellow people. Generations of Indians derive inspiration from his bravery.
In a series of tweets, the vice president said, “Today let’s pay homage to these brave-hearted people and pledge to work hard to realize their dreams for this great country.” School books should concentrate more on the tales of bravery, patriotism, and courage of legendary national leaders and freedom fighters to encourage the younger generation said, Naidu.
Azad was born in 1906 while Tilak was born in 1856.
Union home minister Amit Shah also paid tribute on the anniversary of their birth. Mr. Shah said in a series of tweets, through his philosophy, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak gave India a new direction in fighting for liberty. By giving the slogan “Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it,” he linked the people of the country to the fight for independence, and it slowly became the thought of all of India. Lokmanya Tilak, he said, made important issues such as using Swadeshi, Education, and Swaraj as his platform. Mr. Shah said that in the minds of all Indians his ideal life, struggle, and patriotism always ignites the spirit of nationalism.
Paying homage, Mr. Shah said, the name of Chandrashekhar Azad, the great freedom fighter, is synonymous with courage, patriotism, and sacrifice.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar also paid tributes to the great leaders in India’s fight for independence.
Both of these freedom fighters were an integral part of the freedom struggle and their contribution is of immense importance.
Bal Gangadhar Tilak opposed British rule by editorials and organized religious processions amid a ban on gathering Indians in public places, and Azad, who had hopes of freeing his country after witnessing the brutality of the 1919 massacre of Jallianwala Baug.
Chandra Shekhar Azad ‘s call for freedom has been immortalized by his slogan-” Dushman ki goliyon ka hum samna karenge, Azad hi rahein hain, Azad hi rahenge “which means,” We ‘re going to face enemy bullets. We ‘re free and we’re going to remain free.
Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was one of ‘Swaraj”s biggest supporters, meaning self-governance. He contributed relentlessly to breaking India free from colonial rule. Also today his iconic line, “Swaraj is my birthright and I will have it,” reverberates.
India has been blessed to have such great leaders fighting for it since the time of British rule.
Looking back on history, Tilak and Azad were both revolutionaries with one going for the pen and the other for the sword. Although they have never seen the light of democracy, they will remember their contribution forever. And while they may be called radicals, we have to note that it was this extremism that balanced perfectly what Gandhi and Nehru believed in. And that balance is what gives India free rein.