Patriots in every country wait to celebrate certain days that define their country. Be it the Fourth of July in USA or our very own Independence Day (15th August) and Republic Day (26th January). However in the process of celebrating we often remember only those who we are taught about. While freedom in India was brought by the efforts of millions, we often limit to remember the famous and most talked about freedom fighters. This Independence Day 2015, let us remember these seven unsung heroes who played a vital role in India’s fight for independence.
1. Alluri Sitarama Raju
He is the leader and brains behind the Rampa Rebellion of 1922-24, which focused on revolting against British Raj around East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh. The killed various British army people but they were eventually cornered and killed in Chintapalli.
2. Potti Sreeramulu
He is a major contributor to the revolution in the treatment of Dalit community. He led the fast onto death movement to create a separate Andhra state. His death led to the formation of Andhra State. This was mainly because of the riots that broke loose after his demise and played a major role in the decision made by our then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
3. Veer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
This activist played a key role in the fight against caste system in Hinduism. His writings brought our a strong feeling of patriotism and spoke of eradicating the caste system in Hinduism.
4. Peer Ali Khan
One of the pioneers in India;s book of freedom fighters, he played a vital role right from the beginning of the Independence movement in 1857. He was one of the fourteen people who were given capital punishment for raising their voice against the British and also inspired millions to follow his path.
5. Tirupur Kumaran
The founding member of the Desa Bandhu Youth Association, he held the national flag till his last breath. He was killed during a protest march against the british colonial government in 1932.
6. Sardar Gouthu Latchanna
Arrested at a young age of 21 for being a part of the Satyagraha movement, he was known as Sardar among his friends. His name reflected his fearless attitude and he was an integral part of the Quit India Movement.
7. Khudiram Bose
He is one of the youngest martyrs in the history of Indian Independence. Hanged at a young age of 18 he is one of the youngest revolutionaries in the earlier phase of India’s battle to independence.