Chandra Shekhar Azad Jayanti 2019, Chandra Shekhar Tiwari became ‘Azad’ of India’s Freedom Fighter 113th Birth Anniversary. Today, on his 113th birth anniversary, here are some interesting facts to know about the life of the great legend who never surrendered himself to British rule.
Born as Chandrashekhar Tiwari on July 23, 1906, in Madhya Pradesh, Chandra Shekhar Azad was one of the most prominent freedom fighters who took part in India’s freedom struggle at a very young age.
Popularly known as Azad, he was deeply moved by the Jallianwala Bagh incident on April 13, 1919, and soon became a part of the Non-Cooperation Movement led by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920, and even got arrested at the young age of 15 for being a part of the movement. It is believed that when he was asked for his name in the jail, he replied ‘Azad‘ (free) — from where he came to be known as Chandrashekhar Azad.
It is believed that the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919 affected him to great extent and he decided to offer himself to the cause of nation. Azad learned the art of archery from the tribal Bhils which was helpful during the arms struggle against Britishers.
Today, the nation observes the 113th Birth Anniversary of Chandrashekhar Azad. Remebering the freedom-fighter, PM Modi tweeted.
भारत माता के वीर सपूत चंद्रशेखर आजाद को उनकी जयंती पर मेरी विनम्र श्रद्धांजलि। वे एक निर्भीक और दृढ़ निश्चयी क्रांतिकारी थे, जिन्होंने देश की आजादी के लिए अपने जीवन की आहुति दे दी। उनकी वीरता की गाथा देशवासियों के लिए प्रेरणा का एक स्रोत है। pic.twitter.com/nuHIfqi62J
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 23 July 2019
Azad died at Alfred Park in Allahabad, now Prayagraj, on 27 February 1931. The park has been renamed to Chandrashekhar Azad Park to honour the incredible sacrifice of this legend. Police had surrounded him in the park after Virbhadra Tiwari (their old companion who later turned traitor) informed them of his presence there.
Azad was wounded in the process of defending himself and Sukhdev Raj and killed three policemen and wounded others. His actions made it possible for Sukhdev Raj to escape. After a long shootout, he succumbed to the injuries, his postmortem reports revealed. The Colt pistol of Chandra Shekhar Azad is displayed at the Prayagraj Museum.